If you have stubborn pockets of fat that don’t disappear regardless of changes in your diet or exercise, you may be considering liposuction. Dr. Smith offers tumescent liposuction for those wishing to slim and reshape specific areas of their body by shedding off a few extra pounds.

Tumescent liposuction is a form of liposuction that involves injecting local anesthesia, epinephrine, and other medication into areas of unwanted fat. This solution causes the fat cells to become swollen and firm, which are then removed through a small cannula inserted into the site. Due to the nature of the solution involved, tumescent liposuction can remove unwanted fat easily and more effectively compared to other forms of liposuction.

During your consultation with Dr. Smith, it is important to discuss your goals for this treatment so that she can help you understand what to expect from this treatment and what recovery looks like.

Treatable Areas

• Face, neck, and chin
• Upper arms
• Back
• Breasts
• Stomach
• Buttocks
• Hips, thighs, and flanks
• Legs including the knees, calves, and ankles


The local anesthesia within the solution means no additional anesthesia or sedation is needed during the procedure while still keeping patient comfort in mind. In addition, the epinephrine allows blood vessels to shrink, reducing the chance of blood loss and limits the amount of bruising, pain, and swelling felt after the procedure. The use of a small cannula also has a less chance of causing damage to internal organs during the procedure compared to larger cannulas used in other forms of liposuction.


You will be able to return home following the procedure. Depending on Dr. Smith’s instructions, you may need to wait a few days before returning to work. We encourage patients to continue to move during recovery to heal properly. Strenuous physical activity and exercise should be avoided for several days.

For more information on tumescent liposuction, please contact Dr. Smith at (301) 459-5744.