08 January 2009

The success and safety of your liposuction procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

What Thing Should Be Discuss?
  • Liposuction ConsultationWhy you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries
  • You surgeon will evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of liposuction and any risks or potential complications
Preparing for Surgery
  • Liposuction SurgeryGet lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • The use of anesthesia during your liposuction
  • Post-operative care and follow-up
Your plastic surgeon will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. Liposuction may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical center, outpatient or ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital.

If your liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Post Operative Care and Follow Up
The recovery period is often uneventful, but should any of the following occur be certain to have learned from your plastic surgeon how to help improve the final outcome, including :
  • Liposuction Follow UpBruising. The extent of bruising varies among patients due to a variety of factors. Bruises are more likely to occur in patients with certain medical conditions such as low blood-platelet levels or poor nutrition resulting in inadequate nutrients for the body. Plastic surgeons provide a list of preoperative instructions prior to surgery so liposuction patients can be equipped to fight off bruises. They may recommend the use of Arnica and/or Bromelain to prevent and reduce the risk of bruising.
  • Raised Scars. Plastic surgeons use tools to reduce the risk of raised scarring. After liposuction surgery, they may apply silicone or hydrogel sheets to reduce the risk of raised scars. Plastic surgeons may also advise the use of scar creams, gels or ointments. In fact, liposuction incisions are usually placed in inconspicuous locations should a raised scar develop after surgery.
  • Irregular Body Contouring. This may occur in a small number of liposuction patients. It is important to be properly fitted for the garment that is required to be worn following surgery. The garment helps to properly mold the refined body contour. Tightening of the garment which may be the result of swelling should be reported to your plastic surgeon. He or she may advise medications to reduce swelling or may recommend an alternative garment for the time being. Finally, the garment must be worn for the time period that is directed by your plastic surgeon.
It is important for people interested in liposuction to be prepared to receive a wealth of information about liposuction at the time of an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon.


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