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Dr Dass describes tumescent liposuction
Liposuction is a common, surgical technique used by plastic surgeons to remove stubborn deposits of excess fat. It is not a weight loss technique. Rather, liposuction compliments a healthy lifestyle of proper eating and exercise, with stunning results.

Not everyone is a good candidate for liposuction. However, good candidates for liposuction include patients that are:
  • Adults (over the age of 18)
  • In good health and do not have diabetes, heart disease, circulatory problems, or other serious health conditions
  • Maintain a balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Have fat deposits in specific areas such as abdomen, hips, thighs, back, and upper arms that just don’t respond to diet and exercise
Tumescent fluid is always used during liposuction. Dr. Dass uses a super wet technique where fluid is infused into the tissue at a 1:1 ratio with the amount that he estimates will be suctioned out. Tumescent fluid is used to temporarily distend the tissue that is to be suctioned, allowing enough room for a liposuction cannula to remove the excess fat. An added benefit of the solution is that it contains epinephrine to reduce blood loss and post-operative bruising. In some cases, local anesthetic is used in the tumescent fluid to improve pain control.

Some cosmetic surgeons claim that "tumescent liposuction" is safer than standard liposuction because it does not require a general anesthetic. They are actually performing tumescent anesthesia for liposuction, because they are not able to offer surgery under general anesthesia. Tumescent anesthesia involves infusing 2-3x as much fluid (compared to a super wet technique) and high doses of the local anesthetic, lidocaine. Post-operative deaths are often due to lidocaine toxicity, which is administered by these inexperienced surgeons during tumescent anesthesia for liposuction. Liposuction of small areas can be safely performed without general anesthesia, but beware of surgeons offering treatment of large areas under tumescent (local) anesthesia alone. Remember, these days, general anesthesia is extremely safe and you will be monitored by an experienced anesthetist.

Dr. Dass practiced as a pharmacist before he became a plastic surgeon. He has the knowledge and experience to deliver safe surgery with excellent results for residents of the San Diego area. Call for a consultation, to find out how liposuction can enhance your look!



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  • Dennis Dass, MD
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    I'm very happy I had my breasts done. I'm so much more confident now.*
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    I have hated my tattoo for years and wanted to get it removed. After a painful experience with a local laser center, I sought out a different provider and found Dr. Dass. He uses the PicoSure laser instead of the traditional Q-switched laser. My first session with him was painless from beginning to end. He numbed the entire area! His staff are caring and warm. I am so lucky I found Dr. Dass!*
  • Dennis Dass, MD
    5 Dennis Dass, MD - Reviews by Robert M


    So…I was in Los Angeles for a conference this summer and realized that I needed liposuction because I’ve been too busy with work. I decided to have it done while I was out there since Beverly Hills is the plastic surgery capital of the world. I had a consult and immediately booked Smartlipo on my belly and love handles. It was perfect because I had the weekend to recover before flying back home. Its like night and day, I’ve gone down like 4 inches on my waist and the love handles are completely gone. Two thumbs up, way up.*
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    5 Dennis Dass, MD - Reviews by Robert M


    I had to write a review for Dr Dass, because I absolutely love the results from my breast augmentation . He spent time with me and I didn’t feel rushed. Went with the Sientra implants for my piece of mind. The recovery was not as bad as I thought it was going to be, and he saw me for all of my follow-ups. I highly recommend seeing him.*
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