Liposuction is well known as one of the more effective and popular procedures for body contouring. However did you know there are two different types of liposuction – Wet, also known as tumescent liposuction, and Dry? I had tumescent liposuction with Dr Prav Kumar from Cosmetic Surgery for Women in Berwick, Melbourne and absolutely loved not only my results but the whole experience and ridiculously quick recovery.

I tend to be one of those people who tries NOT to watch YouTube videos of procedures, but for some reason I thought I’d watch a liposuction procedure being done – big mistake for me – it put me off! BUT I put it out of my mind and went to have my procedure done.

All my life, no matter what my weight was, I’ve always had the biggest thighs. They made me very out of proportion, and no matter how much weight I’d lost my thighs were always really large and made me look larger than the number on the scales actually showed. So after many many years, I decided to have a consultation with Dr Prav after hearing a few great stories.

What is Tumescent Liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction differs from dry liposuction in that it involves injecting a solution into the patient before the suction process. The solution contains a numbing agent and epinephrine (adrenaline) which breaks down the fat making it easier to remove. This solution also helps to narrow the blood vessels which reduces bleeding and minimises bruising. Most surgeons and practitioners use the tumescent technique as it has long term proven results and involves less trauma to the patient’s body. It has also proven over time to have less side effects and risks to the patient than the dry technique.

Most of us have seen youTube videos of a liposuction procedure being done – and if you haven’t, you should check it out! It is a rather violent looking procedure, but it gets results. Especially with an experienced and trained practitioner such as Dr Prav. Making sure your practitioner knows what they are doing will reduce your chances of risks. Here’s a list of risks that can happen during the procedure of having liposuction:

  • Uneven contouring or lumpiness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Infection
  • Persistent swelling
  • Poor wound healing
  • Rippling or loose skin, worsening of cellulite
  • Need for revision surgery

Here’s the main reasons I chose to have liposuction, and these are the things that I am things that liposuction CAN help with:

  • Excess fatty deposits (for me it was my thighs, but you can also have lipo on your belly, hips, neck or almost anywhere else that fat won’t budge no matter how much diet or exercise you do.
  • Help with proportioning – I felt like me outer thighs were so huge in proportion to the rest of my body – so it’s great for body contouring.
  • Some stubborn pockets of fat – no matter what exercise I did, nothing would fix my outer thighs.
  • Contouring – I just wanted to have a more in proportion shape (without getting rid of my thighs altogether because that would have just looked weird, and I wanted to maintain my womanly curves).

With so many options these days for spot fat reduction for me, liposuction (although not normally a walk-in walk-out procedure) was a simple procedure. I was expecting my recovery to be a lot longer and difficult than it was, but somehow the procedure that Dr Prav did on me led to a really quick recovery. Oh, and I had absolutely NO bruising, which was not what I expected as I have seen procedures done where there’s been heaps of bruising. When I asked Dr Prav why that was, he said that he is extremely gentle and likes to take his time doing the procedure as he felt it gave a better result.

So if you’re thinking about having liposuction on any of those hard to get rid of fat deposits, you might want to consider seeing Dr Prav at Cosmetic Surgery for Women – I’m so happy I did!

To arrange a consult with Dr Prav or any of the other wonderful surgeons at Cosmetic Surgery for Women phone 03 9429 8363.


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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