FAQs

What is Tumescent Liposuction? Tumescent Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body’s contour by removing excess fat deposits located between the skin and the muscle. To perform liposuction, a small stainless steel tube called a cannula is used. The cannula is attached to a powerful suction pump that safely removes fat deposits through small incisions on the skin.

Before we begin Tumescent Liposuction, we want to make sure that you are a good candidate.

What makes a good candidate? Any patient who is likely to be happy with the results of Tumescent Liposuction, has realistic expectations, and who is in relatively good health is a good candidate. Tumescent Liposuction is unlikely to achieve perfection, but can provide significant improvement to any area of concern.

So you’ve been told you’re a good candidate, now what? Our staff will guide you through the steps of selecting a surgery date, choosing financing options, information on recovery, and collecting your pharmacy information.

1st step: Day of surgery. Fill out all paperwork. Consultation with Dr. Long to address all questions and to discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives. Dr. Long will spend time talking with you to make sure you know all of the details of the surgery before surgery begins.

2nd step: We will bring you into our drawing room where you will be given a robe and appropriate garments to change into. Dr. Long will use a purple marking pen to outline the area(s) being treated. Pictures of the treatment area(s) are taken. Dr. Long will talk with you again showing you the area(s) outlined to confirm the treatment plan.

3rd step: You will be given oral medication (ativan) that will help relax you before surgery. You will relax in your private waiting room allowing the ativan to take effect. Your guest are allowed to wait with you in your private waiting room if you choose.

4th step: Our staff will guide you into the surgery room where we will make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Ready for surgery!

5th step: Recovery. You will be taken into your private recovery room where you will be closely monitored by Dr. Long and his staff. Your guest are allowed to wait with you in your private waiting room if you choose. Before you leave our office, our staff will give you an appointment to visit us for your 1st follow up. Dr. Long and staff will make sure that you know how to use your compression garments and padding provided to you. Additional garments may be purchased.

Follow up appointments are very important!

Please make sure you are able to make all appointments. If you’re unable to make an appointment, please let our staff know. If you do not live in the DFW area, please know that it is a requirement to make all post operative appointments.

If you’re are unable to make your post operative appointments, surgery may be postponed or canceled.

Will I Be Asleep During Surgery?
No. Although, some patients do drift off to sleep with the oral sedatives given prior to your liposuction procedure.
Will I Feel Anything During Surgery?
Yes. Pain? No. You shouldn’t feel any discomforts during your procedure. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible. Most patients state that they feel a slight pressure.

9 thoughts on “FAQs

  1. Elsa says:

    What is the normal ‘down time’? How many post op appointments will there be and how soon after the procedure will those happen?

    • nathanlongmd says:

      Hi Elsa, downtime is pretty minimal. About 1-3 days. Healing takes up to 6 months and sometimes longer depending on the patient. We have several post operative appointments. One the day after your procedures, the following week, then 2 weeks, 1 month, and 6 months. Appointments can be made in between those times as needed.

  2. nathanlongmd says:

    Elsa, Thank you for your question. The normal downtime is from 2-4 days. We need you to come in for a next day follow up, 5 day follow up, 10 day follow up, 14 day follow up with pictures, 1 month follow up with pictures, 3 month follow up with pictures and finally 6 month follow up with pictures. We schedule free consultations. Please call us at 214-631-5664. Thank you!

  3. LaPatrick Sutton says:

    How long does the procedure last ? and will you be offering a winter special ? I have been researching this procedure for a year now. I must say that I am so impressed with your work and results out of all the doctors I reviewed. From Dallas to Atlanta.

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