What does “Tumescent” mean?


The word “Tumescent” means swollen or firm. This technique is accomplished by injecting a large volume of a dilute solution of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, epinephrine (a vasoconstrictive drug which shrinks capillaries), sodium bicarbonate (buffering agent), and solu-medrol (an anti-inflammatory agent which decreases inflammation following surgery). The patient’s find local anesthesia so effective that they have reduced pain post operatively and in addition, no need for sedation or general anesthesia.