The Pre, During, and Post Liposuction Scenarios

The pre, during, and post liposuction scenarios include a patient’s guidelines for a better and a real understanding of the process and its results. It is difficult to predict the exact outcome of any liposuction procedure beforehand. Among other factors, the results also depend on how fine is the actual execution. Understanding the pre, during, and post liposuction scenarios helps you stay updated about the associated ‘probabilities’ as well. Finally, the key lies in strictly abiding by your surgeon’s suggestions!

The Pre Liposuction Scenario

Prior to undergoing surgical liposuction, discuss your complete medical history with the surgeon, followed by a thorough physical and psychological assessment. In addition, it is extremely important to understand the liposculpture technique. Accordingly, some pre liposuction essentials include:

  • Surgeon Selection: Go for a board certified plastic surgeon with strong practice credentials.
  • Complete Liposuction Scenario: The doctor should carefully explain to you the influences of a successful surgery, the process details, prescriptions, the recovery period, and the precautions needed before and after liposuction.
  • Precautions before Undergoing Liposuction: Strictly adhere to your doctor’s pre-liposuction instructions to avoid smoking and/or certain medications or chemicals that may trigger bleeding.
  • Managing Post Surgery: Usually, liposuction surgery is performed as an outpatient case. Moreover, as you need at least 24 hours of complete rest after the operation, arrange for someone to drive you back home after the procedure.
  • Large Scale Liposuction: If the volume of liposuction is likely to be large, hospitalization may be needed.
  • Feedback: Try talking to people who have undergone liposuction. Read patient testimonials and research reports to know the probable results, benefits, and risks of the process.
  • Price: The average cost of liposuction is high and keeps varying with the different parameters, such as the doctor’s competence, cost of facility, geographical location, applicable anesthesia, etc. Since, money is an important consideration, research well to select a desirable option. Make sure not to compromise quality for costs. Selecting a good surgeon ensures your long-term benefit.

During the Liposuction Procedure

After the pre liposuction fundamentals, it is time to understand the specifics of your plastic surgery. The surgical process varies according to the applied technique, such as tumescent liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, VASER liposuction, and more. Certain things requiring attention during the liposuction procedure include:

  • Duration: Your surgeon will explain the time taken by the procedure applicable to you. As a standard, apart from the technicalities involved in a particular process, the duration also depends upon the areas to be treated and the quantity of fat to be extracted.
  • Procedure Technicalities and the Associated Details: Your surgeon will discuss with you the method’s details and the realistic expectations from the procedure.
  • Signing the Agreement: Before the surgery, your doctor will ask you to sign a consent form, admitting that you understand the process and its outcomes. In addition, you indemnify the doctor and the associated hospital staff from any mishap during or after surgery.
  • Marking the Target Areas: After all the formalities, you are taken into the operating room. The target areas for the treatment are marked on the body.
  • Medication: Your doctor may give you an antibiotic around an hour before or after the surgery.
  • Fluid Infusion: Anesthesia (local or general, as applicable) and IV fluids will be administered during the procedure.
  • Medical Vigilance: Your pulse, blood pressure, and heart rate will be monitored during the procedure.
  • Winding Up: Following the surgery, the doctor will keep you under observation for a few hours. You may have to wear a compression garment that helps the skin shrink back.

Possible Risks of Liposuction

Like every surgery, liposuction comes with some risks. Possible risks include:

  • Bruises and swelling:  Will gradually subside
  • Scarring: Is a personalized phenomenon and varies from individual to individual
  • Infection: The surgeon will prescribe medicines in an attempt to control any infection
  • Temporary numbness: May persist for up to a few weeks
  • Reaction to anesthesia and drug allergies: rare
  • Blood clotting and Hematoma: rare
  • Skin discoloration: rare
  • Pain and limited mobility: Pain relieving medication is helpful
  • Contour irregularities: May need a small touch-up sitting again for the correction
  • Fluid imbalance: Due to the excess or deficiency of the fluids injected during the procedure
  • Shock: rare
  • Death: Though extremely rare, it is not unheard of

Liposuction risk is higher in patients suffering from heart and circulation problems or diabetes. Smoking or taking certain medication before the procedure may create complications after it. They may even increase the risks. Therefore, discuss all this in detail with your doctor. Make sure that – before the surgery – you know about the risks as well as the pre and post operative care. Overall, liposuction is a safe process and a well-trained, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon keeps the risks minimized.

Post Liposuction Scenario

  • Post Surgical Stay: Depending upon your condition, your doctor may ask you to stay overnight at the hospital or may discharge you a few hours after the procedure. It is good to have someone around to drive you home after the operation.  If possible, arrange to have someone home with you for the first 24 hours, you should not drive or exert yourself.
  • Inflammation: Swelling, bruising, and pain in varying degrees are common after liposuction. They may take approximately 7-10 days to disappear. If needed, your doctor may prescribe medicines.
  • Healing: After the surgery, recovery varies with the patient’s medical history, physical and mental strength, etc. In addition, depending on the amount of fat removed, the execution success, and post-operative care, the recovery may be fast or slow.
  • Post-Surgical Garments: Depending upon the extent of fat removed and the skin’s elasticity potential, your surgeon may suggest a compression garment for you. This garment helps reduce swelling and support the changes in the body shape. The compression clothing must be sufficiently flexible to hold bandages.
  • Dressing: Depending upon the healing pace and quality, you may have to wear the bandages for at least two weeks. In the beginning you will probably also have absorbtion pads.
  • Reduce Physical Stress: To resume physical strength and to recover well, avoid straining, lifting weights, and bending too much, after the operation. Though you may need to keep your physical activity in check, you may need to walk around immediately after the procedure, to prevent clotting.
  • Follow up Consultation: The surgeon will monitor your progress in a post surgery meeting and examine the body’s swelling and healing process. This is the best time to discuss and solve any possible concerns and questions you may have.