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Surgery Process Guide to Tumescent Liposuction

“Tumescent liposuction… [is] the most popular form of liposuction and the most common cosmetic procedure.” – University of California Medical Centre 

A local anaesthetic is applied to the area being treated before surgery. A small incision is made and a thin, plastic cannula tube is inserted. The fat is swiftly removed using a vacuum device.


The surgeon will mark out the area to be treated with a pen. 

Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step
Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

Next, the surgeon will inject the treatment area with a liquid combination of anaesthetic, salt solution and epinephrine (this is to lessen surgical blood loss and swelling).


The surgeon will make a very small incision on the treatment area. 

Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step
Cosmetic Surgery Technique Step

A microcannula (small plastic tube) is inserted into the incision. This tube is attached to a vacuum machine. The tube moves back and forth in the treatment location to loosen the fat deposits and suck it out.


After the fat has been sucked out, the surgeon will use drainage tubes to eliminate surplus blood and fluid. 

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Complications / Negligence Signs

Thrombophlebitis (vein inflammation) – this is common on liposuction surgery behind the knee and on the inside of the upper thigh 

Cosmetic Surgery Complication

Fluid seeping out from the incisions. If this symptom persists seek immediate medical assistance.

Surgical Risks

There is a risk of damage being made to the internal organs when the procedure is taking place – however, this is extremely rare.


Pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in the lungs, which can be fatal. Again, this risk is extremely rare.


This procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, and so carries some risk. However, this is very rare. Risks can include:

  • Haematoma
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Nerve Injury
  • Infection
  • Ischemic necrosis (a restriction to the blood cells, causing a group of cells to die).

If you’re looking for more in-depth information and advice on the decisions to be made before going ahead with cosmetic surgery, read the S.A.F.E. Choice Guide for impartial guidance. 

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