Tumescent liposuction. UAL lipo. Super-wet lipo. The lingo makes you just want to stick with those gooshy upper arms. Relax--with tumescent liposuction the doctor injects tumescent fluid filled with saline, adrenaline and lidocaine into the fat. This reduces pain, and the fat can be drawn more easily out of your body. In addition to the pain-reducing fluid, you'll receive general anesthesia (completely under) or sedation (aware of what's going on but not in pain).
Tumescent Tip: Your surgeon should use small rods, 3-4 mm in diameter, to draw out the fat. Larger rods can cause irregularities, dimples, puckers, and divots By the way, if you hear people throwing around terms such as lipoplasty, liposculpture, liposculption, and suction-assisted lipoplasty, they mean liposuction or tumescent liposuction. So don't settle for that deep fat around your upper arms just because the terminology's confusing. Ask your doctor to explain all the procedures and options.
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