Dr. Steele typically performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure under both general anesthesia and local anesthesia with mild sedation. Small incisions are made and a metal tube (cannula) is used to place saline solution containing adrenaline and lidocaine into the fatty areas to be removed. This is known as tumescent solution. Tumescent solution provides turgor (firmness) to the tissues which assists with fat removal, lidocaine provides pain relief, and the adrenaline (epinephrine) shrinks the blood vessels in the tissue to minimize bleeding.
A variety of different liposuction techniques are available, but Dr. Steele prefers the SAFELipo® technique pioneered by Dr. Simeon Wall Jr. This technique uses power-assisted liposuction (PAL) to safely separate the fat and then remove the fat in a smooth and even fashion which minimizes asymmetries and contour irregularities.
At the end of the surgery, foam pads may be placed over certain areas such as your hips, thighs, and waist, and then you will be placed into a compression garment. Drainage tubes may be necessary with very large amounts of fat removal.