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Liposuction Quick Tips for Patients – Review

Liposuction is normally a safe procedure and adhering to the following quick tips for liposuction patients can add to the results’ effectiveness.  FEEL FREE TO PRINT OUT THIS PAGE AND REFER TO IT OFTEN.

Before Liposuction

  • Do it for the Right Reasons: Before deciding on liposuction, make sure you are pursuing it for your satisfaction and not to please others. The surgery liposuction has to be about you, about boosting your self- confidence, and feeling better about yourself. Any other reason will not make you happy in the end.
  • Body Contouring: Liposulpture is essentially about body contouring, while many mistake it for a shortcut to weight loss. Please note that liposuction does not treat obesity, stretch marks, and cellulite. It just removes stubborn fat to shape the body.
  • Plan Finances: Be prepared financially. Liposuction cost varies between $1500 and $10000. The price of liposuction depends on different factors, such as liposuction technique, body areas treated, facility charges, doctor’s & anesthetist’s fee.
  • Explore: Make an informed decision. Speak to people who have gotten the procedure done or read case histories. Educate yourself on the available liposuction techniques, such as Smartlipo, Tumescent Lipo, Laser Lipo, ProLipo Plus, etc. Have a detailed discussion with your doctor about which can be the least invasive procedure and which best suits your needs. Learn about the cannula type that will be used for your treatment. Big cannulae may result in skin irregularities like lumps, dimpling, etc. and even fat embolism.
  • Clean Bill of Health:
    • Status: Those suffering from medical problems, especially diabetes or heart issues are usually not eligible for liposuction.
    • Medical History: Discuss your complete medical history with the doctor. No detail is unimportant. Mention your allergies, drug use, past surgeries, or any prescription medications or supplements (especially vitamin E & garlic) you take. If you are into any recreational drugs, do not fail to mention it to the doctor. Get a clear picture of what you can safely consume during the weeks before the surgery. Bromelain and Arnica supplements help reduce post surgical swelling. Vitamin C tablets twice a day help improve the skin quality and multivitamins help strengthen the body. Ask your doctor if you can start them around 2 weeks before the surgery.
    • Health Analysis: Make sure your doctor evaluates you carefully – physically, mentally, and emotionally – to establish your eligibility for liposuction. Your body symmetry related issues, skin quality & tone, and stretch marks, etc. should also be examined to plan the surgery and help you visualize the results as realistically as possible. Your weight should be stable for a good six months before the surgery.
    • Diet and Lifestyle: You must follow a healthy, balanced diet before going in for the surgery. Do not indulge in fad or crash diets. You can ask for a pre-surgery food plan from your doctor. The plan principally consists mainly of vegetables and fruits. You may need to discontinue certain food items, such as garlic & Vitamin E rich products, two weeks before the procedure, because they can increase bleeding. This may lead to excessive blood loss and may interfere with the wound healing. Just the night before the surgery, take plenty of fluids, preferably juice, to reduce the risk of fluid shift during or after surgery.
    • Lifestyle Habits: You need to stop smoking and drinking at least three to four weeks before the date of surgery. Nicotine delays the healing process.
    • Stocking Up: Make sure you stock up food supplies, basic essentials,   personal care items, medicines, and post surgery garments & dressings, so that you are set a couple of weeks in advance.
    • Care Taker Arrangement: Make sure a reliable family member, relative, or friend drives you home from the hospital after the surgery and takes care of you for the next couple of days. You cannot drive and need to take rest for at least 24 hours of the surgery.
    • Liposuction Before-After Pictures: Click some pictures of the target body area to compare and monitor the changes after the surgery.

After Liposuction

  • Recovery from Liposuction
    • Doctor’s Instructions: Adhere strictly to your doctor’s instructions. Take the prescribed medications regularly and apply the necessary creams or lotions to reduce bruising. You must not miss your post-op consultation to monitor healing. Any medical negligence after the surgery can lead to major complications.
    • Compression Binders & Absorbent Pads: Compression garments, such as a girdle or a simple broad loose elastic belt, are quite important for liposuction recovery. They ensure better drainage of fluid from the wounds. Use the dressing your surgeon suggests. Make sure you are well stocked.
    • Post Surgical Garments: Choose easy to wear, loose clothing to easily get into and out of. The clothes should be loose enough to easily accommodate compression bandages within them.
    • No Self Medication: Do not self medicate. Do not consume any kind of medicines or supplements without your doctor’s advice. For example, certain vitamin and herbal supplements may actually increase bleeding, thereby slowing down the recovery process. You also need to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, as they can promote bleeding.
    • Pain, Bruising, and Swelling Management: Bromelain and Arnica supplements help alleviate them. These supplements are started a week or two before the surgery and are continued for the same timeframe post surgery. However, take them only under your doctor’s guidance.
    • Monitor the Treatment Area: Check if the wound is healing and if the compression used is adequate. Skin discoloration, numbness, firmness of the area, unusual pains, dead skin, or excessive bruising must be reported immediately. The same applies to excessive fatigue, breathing problems, or palpitations.
    • Relax: Avoid any strenuous physical activities.
    • Do not Indulge: It is best to abstain from drinking and smoking, until the wounds have healed completely.
    • Be Patient: Be patient and maintain a positive attitude during the recovery process, which usually is between six to eight weeks or many months sometimes.
    • Realistic Expectations: The outcome of your surgery may vary from the pictures of other people you have seen. A liposuction result depends on certain factors, like your physical health, age, and skin elasticity. Therefore, keep your expectations realistic.
    • Weight Maintenance: This cosmetic surgery helps you acquire your desired body shape. Fat relapse is possible if you are not particular about your fitness. Adhere to a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy diets (nourishing and low in fat), and exercise regularly.

Good to Know

Liposuction is a minor, but ‘surgical’ procedure and therefore, not exactly risk free. There is always a chance of complications or side effects, some of which can even be irreversible. Some of the common risks of liposuction include:

  • Skin numbness or dead skin
  • Infection
  • Permanent discoloration
  • Allergic reaction to drugs or materials used in surgery (dressing pads)
  • Dimply or bumpy appearance of the area operated on
  • Loose, hanging skin
  • Fluid imbalance
  • Permanent scars
  • Tissue or organ damage
  • Burns
  • Toxicity.