Many women would love to contemplate cosmetic enhancements such as tummy tucks, breast augmentation, or liposuction, but the risks and costs associated with traditional cosmetic surgery cause them to reconsider. With tumescent anesthesia, Dr. Greenberg can re-sculpt your body and give you a stunning, new appearance. Unlike general or IV sedation, tumescent anesthesia only numbs the area on which Dr. Greenberg will operate.
Tumescent, which means swollen, anesthesia combines saline, lidocaine and adrenaline in one solution. This mixture plumps and firms the tissue while it numbs the appropriate spot. Patients remain conscious and pain-free while Dr. Greenberg skillfully transforms their bodies to accomplish the desired goals.
Compared with more traditional options, tumescent anesthesia offers several benefits. For example, general anesthesia comes with known risks including respiratory problems, stroke, heart attack and even rare cases, death. If you can avoid exposure to these potential issues with tumescent anesthesia, it’s a good idea.
Because the adrenaline acts as a vasoconstrictor, patients typically experience less blood loss. As well, lidocaine acts as a pain reliever and bacteria-reducing agent, which cuts down on the risk of post-op infection. Generally, patients have less bruising, reduced pain, and a faster recovery with tumescent anesthesia.
Another positive element of going this route is that you are awake during the procedure. Especially with breast augmentation, tumescent anesthesia enables patients to provide input about size and preferences as Dr. Greenberg works. Following the breast augmentation, women often experience less initial discomfort and a shorter downtime than with the traditional option.
We provide tumescent anesthesia options with liposuction, lipoabdominoplasty, breast augmentation and other cosmetic procedures. To learn more about tumescent anesthesia, contact our office and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Greenberg.