Liposuction is a very common cosmetic procedure performed to remove extra fat and help to contour your body. Moreover, tumescent liposuction is a kind of liposuction that is performed without general anesthesia. It is also known as local liposuction.  

Tumescent liposuction is a safer alternative with effective results. The major benefit of undergoing this procedure is that it avoids large shifts in your body fluids that sometimes develop after removing excess fat, which may lead to low blood pressure.  

Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction 

Tumescent liposuction is a safer alternative for smaller amounts of fat removal. This procedure removes around 3 to 5 liters of fat on average. This procedure has a shorter recovery than the traditional liposuction procedure. 

Lidocaine is used during tumescent liposuction instead of general anesthesia, which helps in decreasing the risk of vomiting or nausea, headaches, delirium, sore throat, hypothermia, muscle aches, etc. Furthermore, it also helps in reducing the risk of pain and soreness, bleeding, skin rippling, and brushing after the surgery or procedure. 

Tumescent Liposuction Procedure 

The tumescent procedure is similar to other types of liposuction. During this procedure, small incisions are made to the area that needs to be treated. Furthermore, the surgeon will use a suction device to remove the fat cells. The major benefit of this procedure is that it requires fewer incisions and a shorter treatment duration. 

Let’s know the steps involved in the procedure.

Step 1:- Initially, your surgeon will apply the adrenaline-lidocaine saline solution to the targeted area and leave it for around 10 to 15 minutes so that your body fully absorbs the solution before starting the procedure. 

Step 2:- Next, your surgeon will make the required cuts or incisions. There may be 4 to 8 incisions required depending on the area that needs to be treated. Every incision consists of about 1 to 3 (mm) millimeters in length. 

Step 3:- furthermore, the process of fat aspiration starts using a suction device (cannula). In the tumescent procedure, a smaller device is used, known as a microcannula. 

Step 4:- when the procedure is completed, your surgeon will apply the compression bandages to the treated area. Moreover, no sutures are required for the small cuts or incisions, which is required in a traditional liposuction procedure. 

Furthermore, the entire procedure takes around 3 to 4 hours. 

Before and After Tumescent Liposuction 

Tumescent liposuction is mainly performed to remove fat. However, it is used to reduce body weight. The following before and after image shows the perfect result. 

Benefits of Tumescent Liposuction 

Side effects of Tumescent Liposuction 

You may experience flushing and slight temperature elevation that usually lasts for 24 to 48 hours. Moreover, you may also experience the following side effects after the procedure. 

  • 1. Discomfort & muscle soreness
  • 2. Minimal pain or swelling 
  • 3. Bruising
  • 4. Fluid accumulation (it happens when too much fluid is injected)
  • 5. Infection 
  • 6. Scarring 

Recovery After Tumescent Liposuction 

In most cases, patients experience a few days of acute downtime after the procedure. Moreover, bruising, soreness, and swelling generally last for a week or 10 days. Swelling may last 4 to 6 weeks. After the procedure, your doctor may ask you to wear a compression garment for the first few days. It may take 1 to 7 days for proper healing and recovery from tumescent liposuction. 

Tumescent Liposuction Vs Standard Liposuction 


Tumescent liposuction 

Standard liposuction 

Amount of fat 

Used for removing the smaller amount of fat (up to 3 liters)

The larger amount of fat, up to 8 to 10 liters.


1 to 3mm deep 

1 to 1.5cm deep 

Types of anesthesia 

Local anesthesia 

General anesthesia 

Side effects 

Minimal bruising, infection, and swelling.

Moderate pain, bleeding and bruising. Patients may also experience 

Recovery time 

1 to 7 days 

Several weeks 


3 to 4 hours 

2 to 3 hours 

Post-surgery requirements 

Temporary pain relief medications

Pain medications, blood transfusion, and sutures

Tumescent Liposuction Cost

The cost of Tumescent Liposuction in India ranges between 80,000 to 1,30,000 INR depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed, the type of procedure, the choice of hospital, and the equipment used during the procedure. 


Tumescent Liposuction, Laser-assisted liposuction, Power-assisted liposuction, and Ultrasound-assisted liposuction are four types of liposuction, whereas tumescent is the most common type of liposuction. If you are looking for tumescent surgery to remove excess fat, contact us for a free consultation and advanced tumescent liposuction treatment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How much fat does tumescent liposuction remove?

The tumescent procedure can remove up to 4 to 5 liters of fat. 

Q2. Who should opt for tumescent liposuction? 

If one has one or more fat deposits on their body which can not be removed through diet or exercise. 

Q3. How long does it take to get proper recovery after tumescent liposuction? 

It may take around a week or less to get proper recovery after the surgery. 

Q4. What are the types of liposuction? 

Tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, and power-assisted liposuction are the four types of liposuction. 

Q5. What are the possible side effects of tumescent liposuction? 

You may experience the following side effects after tumescent liposuction:-

  • 1. Discomfort & muscle soreness
  • 2. Minimal pain or swelling 
  • 3. Bruising
  • 4. Infection 
  • 5. Scarring

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