WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE TUMESCENT TECHNIQUE?

Liposuction was initially developed in 1978-1982 in Italy and France, and introduced into the United States in 1982. At that time, liposuction could only be performed under general anesthesia, and was associated with so much blood loss that patients frequently required hospitalization and blood transfusions.

In 1985, Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, M.D., a dermatologist in California, revolutionized liposuction surgery when he developed the tumescent technique, which permits liposuction totally by local anesthesia and virtually eliminates surgical blood loss. Dr. Klein first presented the tumescent technique at a medical meeting in Philadelphia in 1986.

The first publication describing the technique was published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery in 1987. Because the tumescent technique is by far the safest form of liposuction, it has become the world wide standard of care. Not only has the tumescent technique proven to be safer than the older techniques that required general anesthesia, it has also proven to be less painful, has minimized post-operative recovery time, and has produced optimal cosmetic results.

 

2 thoughts on “ WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE TUMESCENT TECHNIQUE?

  1. Zilma says:

    Hi
    I have a 2 months old baby and i would like to know how long there I need to wait for the procedure? Did you use general anesthesia? And also the procedure may affect breastfeeding? Price?

    • nathanlongmd says:

      We use local anesthesia. Even with local anesthesia, some of the medication (lidocaine, epinephrine) does get into your blood stream and breast milk. The levels would likely be low, but why take the risk?

      It would be best to wait to have any surgery until after you have finished breastfeeding. Or at least to just pump your breast for the first two to three days after surgery and toss the breastmilk, giving the baby formula during that time. I hope this helps answer your questions. Let us know.

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