Cosmetic surgeons typically advise patients to use compression garment following tumescent liposuction. 

What is tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the United States. Compared to traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction is more effective, safer, less painful, and has quicker recovery time. 

It is an outpatient procedure, which does not require the use of general anesthesia. It can remove fat from almost any part of the body, including the face, chin, neck, breast, stomach, hips, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. 

If you are considering this procedure, you have to see first a cosmetic surgeon to determine if this is right for you. The initial consultation is also an avenue for discussing your goals, expectations, and concerns. 

Recovery After Tumescent Liposuction

Following the tumescent liposuction, there can be some discomfort especially after the anesthesia wears off. This can be easily managed though through the use of over-the-counter pain drugs such as Tylenol. 

Using Compression Garments Following Surgery

You may also be advised to use compression garments even if tumescent liposuction greatly reduces the chance of bleeding. 

The purpose of using compression garments after the procedure will depend on the way the surgeon closes the incision. 

When the open-drainage technique is used, wearing of compression garments for a few days is advised to promote drainage of the residual tumescent anesthetic solution.

If the closed-drainage technique is used, the use of a compression garment for weeks is recommended to force the absorption of the anesthetic solution into the blood vessels.

When choosing a compression garment, it's important to choose one with the 
right amount of compression. Too much compression can alter the normal functioning of the lymphatic capillaries while too little compression can lead to accumulation of fluid within the tunnels created by the liposuction cannula. 


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