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Traditional liposculpture procedures were relatively invasive with most carried out under general anesthetic. The Tumescent technique involves making much smaller incisions than traditional lipo as a significantly thinner cannula is used. The treatment allows for a more sympathetic but also more targeted removal of fat cells.
As tumescent lipoplasty requires only a local anesthetic, there are none of the general anesthesia related risks and side effects. The procedure also requires less recovery time, and the risks of infection and excessive blood loss are also reduced.
Tumescent liposuction has become the most common cosmetic operation in the U. S. with over 400,000 operations each year. However, it's important to point out that the procedure still carries a risk of complications. Although very rare, complications arising from the treatment can prove fatal.
Tumescent lipoplasty is unlikely to be available on the NHS as it's largely a cosmetic procedure. Unless there is an underlying threat to the patient's health, the NHS will not carry out such treatments.
However, you can have the treatment at a number of private clinics both in the UK and abroad. Prices can very significantly, but in the UK you can expect to pay in the region of £3,500 to £5,000 for the procedure. Savings of up to 60% are possible abroad, with prices as low as £1,500 in countries such as India.
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