During a tumescence local anaesthesia (TLA) procedure, an anaesthetic strongly diluted within a salt solution is pumped directly into the patient’s tissue. This method has principal advantages with any treatment that requires local anaesthesia, such as liposuction (fat removal) or many applications of vascular surgery.
- Unwanted side-effects, such as thromboses, risks of embolisms, or nausea, occur much less frequently
- The patient stays awake.
- Simple application without the need for an anaesthesiologist.
- Little post-surgical pain.
Especially with liposuction, the tumescence local anaesthesia offers additional advantages, which led to the fact that today, TLA is the internationally accepted standard method:
- No cuts, very little loss of blood.
- With correct application, no or only small haematomas.
- “Three-dimensional” liposuction possible by repositioning the patient during the procedure.