The Inventor of the Tumescent Technique Revisited

  • Thursday July 20, 2006 | Posted in: Liposuction Surgeons

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    Twenty years ago, there came a pivotal point in the science of liposuction. It is no less than a feat, the kind not seen since liposuction was in its incepting stages back in the 1960’s.

    In 1985, the so-called tumescent technique was developed -- and liposuction is never the same again. Tumescent technique is remembered for forever raising the bar in safety by nullifying the use of general anesthesia for liposuction, which had otherwise notoriously made a killing for itself.

    Credit goes to Jeffrey Alan Klein, MD, who somehow believed that substantial aesthetic results could be attained sans the fatal risks. His invention has since grown to presently become the worldwide standard of care for patient safety during liposuction surgery.

    Believed to be the safest form of liposuction, tumescent liposuction totally makes use of local anesthesia alone in place of general anesthesia. The latter has been virtually associated with deaths arising from liposuction. Compared to procedures administering general anesthesia, the tumescent technique poses minimal pain, reduces blood loss and does not have the side effects of general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is also less quick to subside than general anesthesia, offsetting prescription for dangerous narcotic analgesics.

    All throughout, the surgeon's pioneering spirit has been working in ways that aim to rectify patient safety and comfort in liposuction. It is the very same creed that led Dr. Klein to develop a trailblazing post-liposuction technique, called Open-Drainage.

    Dr. Klein is a board certified dermatologic and cosmetic surgeon who has affiliations with several Californian hospitals. He completed his medical education in University of California in San Francisco, where he later served as professor. Currently he is a member of nine prestigious societies, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and American Academy of Dermatology.

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