The tumescent technique is a relatively new local anestesia method that can reduce post operative bruising, swelling and pain. Because blood loss is minimized during tumescent liposuction, use of the technique reduces the chance that a blood transfusion will be needed. In the tumescent technique, areas are injected with a large amount of anesthetic liquid before surgery is per-formed. The liquid causes the vaginal compartments to become swollen and firm or “tumesced.”
Although the anesthesia requirements are lessened and blood loss is minimized with tumescent anesthesia, patients undergoing the procedures face a few risks but they are less than those associated with traditional general anesthgesia. Radiofrequency is used to make the incision and to complete the surgery since it is the least traumatic way to perform the surgery. The laser is as traumatic as the scalpel and the scalpel is obsolete in vaginal surgery.
You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified gyn surgeon who has adequate experience with the technique. The long-acting effects of the anesthetic solution help to provide pain relief after the procedure and decrease the need for additional pain medication. For the first day or two after surgery, most patients experience swelling in the treated areas, as well as some fluid drainage from the incision sites. Light activity is usually resumed within the first few days after tumescent liposuction; normal activity can be resumed within a few weeks.
Patients are usually able to see a noticeable difference almost immediately after surgery. However, more improvement can be seen after three weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. Patients are usually very pleased with the results of the procedure both cosmetically and functionally.