How should I Prepare for Liposuction?

Cosmetic Surgery Enquiry

As with any surgery, it is important that you prepare yourself and your body for liposuction before undergoing the surgery. This ensures that you will have realistic expectations and reduces the risk of complications. You should always follow the advice of your surgeon, as this will be tailored to ensure that you get good and long lasting results.

Expectations of Liposuction Surgery

One of the most important steps in preparing for your liposuction surgery is to make sure that your expectations are realistic. You should not see liposuction as a weight loss treatment. The purpose of liposuction is to re- shape your body making it slimmer and more toned. However, this does not cause the lifestyle changes necessary to permanently lose weight.

You should also understand the limitations of liposuction. Liposuction can only remove a certain amount of fat, which varies depending on your size, the treatment area, the procedure, and your health. If too much fat is remove it can cause serious complications that can lead to death. As a result of this you should not undergo liposuction if you are heavily overweight or obese as the results will be extremely limited.

Consulting Your Surgeon

The first preparation for your liposuction treatment should be to speak to the surgeon who will be performing the surgery. It is important that you meet with the actual surgeon, as you need to develop a relationship of trust with them. You will also be able to ask any questions that you have about the surgery, and address any concerns that you may have. During this stage, you should ask about any steps that you would need to take before the surgery such as stopping any medication that you are taking.

Stopping Medication before Liposuction Surgery

You will need to stop certain medications before undergoing liposuction surgery. For example anti- coagulants (blood thinners), such as aspirin, should not be taken in the weeks leading up to your surgery as they can cause excess bleeding during the surgery.

You should tell your surgeon about any vitamin or mineral supplements that you are taking, as these may need to be stopped. For example, iron can cause complications, as can ginger and garlic, which affect the way that your blood clots. It is also possible that some vitamins will increase the side effects of the anaesthetic meaning that your recovery will be prolonged.

If you are on the contraceptive pill, you may have to stop taking it before the surgery. This is because of the risk of deep vein thrombosis, which is increased both by surgery and by the contraceptive pill.

Stopping Smoking and Drinking before Liposuction Surgery

You should stop smoking in the weeks before your liposuction treatment as this can affect the circulatory system. This means that you are more likely to develop an infection, or lose excess blood as a cause of your surgery. There are also ingredients in cigarettes that can react with anaesthetic and cause complications in surgery.

It is also important to stop drinking for at least two days before your liposuction surgery as alcohol can affect the way that your body reacts to the anaesthetic. It can also cause circulatory issues, which can lead to complications during surgery.

Further Articles