The dry technique derived its name from the fact that it did not use injections of local anesthesia into the fat before liposuction. Medical advances now have rendered this technique redundant.
The dry technique was abandoned resultant of the excessive blood loss it caused. Blood composed approximately thirty percent (30%) of the tissue that was removed by liposuction using the dry technique.
The dry technique was replaced by the more advanced tumescent technique, which permits liposuction in an office setting, with local anesthesia, without any blood loss.
Prior to the introduction of tumescent liposuction, dry liposuction was extensively used. While dry liposuction is no longer performed, understanding the procedure and its history will allow you to make a more informed decision, which will improve the likelihood of a safe and successful procedure.
The dry technique was defined as “dry” because no injections of anesthesia or solutions were injected into the fat, beneath the skin during the procedure. The surgeon would employ a cannula beneath the skin to dislodge the fat and remove it via suction.
Without the use of local anesthetic or the epinephrine to shrink the capillaries, there was substantial blood loss in patients. Additionally, patients who were undergoing dry liposuction had to be put under general anesthesia, which greatly increased the costs. The recovery time was slow and painful because of blood loss and bruising.
The advanced tumescent liposuction Mexico technique has been adopted as the new standard of safe care.
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