Since it was first introduced decades ago, liposuction surgery has remained atop the list of most-requested body-contouring procedures. It is a versatile, effective, and safe method of removing unwanted fat cells that are unaffected by diet and exercise. While today’s board certified plastic surgeons are well-versed in liposuction techniques, there is nothing about this surgery that should be taken lightly. It is a serious procedure that can carry unwanted complications if performed poorly or taken for granted by the patient. For your best results, prepare yourself for a successful and safe liposuction surgery with these tips as your guide.
Be Open and Honest About Your Health and Your Weight
When you begin planning a liposuction surgery, you must first meet with your plastic surgeon to discuss your eligibility as a liposuction candidate. During this meeting, your plastic surgeon will ask you many questions about your overall health, any current medical conditions you have, your previous surgeries, medications you take, allergies you may have, and more. These questions aren’t meant to be invasive or nosey, instead they are necessary to give your surgeon a clear picture of your medical history. As important as your medical history is the stability of your weight. Weight gain and weight loss can affect any cosmetic surgery procedure, especially liposuction. Being at or close to your ideal weight will give you the best results. Together, you and your plastic surgeon will talk about potential risks and complications and what you may face during your own surgical process and recovery timeframe. Having an open and honest conversation with your plastic surgeon will assist your physician to plan the most effective and safest procedure for you.
Avoid Unsafe Medications and Supplements Before Surgery
Your plastic surgeon will give you clear instructions to help you care for yourself prior to your liposuction surgery, so pay close attention to what you are allowed—and not allowed—to do in these pre-surgical days and weeks. Certain medications, supplements, and vitamins are a definite no-go in the time leading up to your liposuction surgery because they can increase your risk for complications like excessive bleeding, delayed or poor healing, and high blood pressure, among others.
Some of the medications that should be avoided are aspirin, NSAID pain relievers, ibuprofen, nutrition supplements, vitamin E, various birth control pills, and most herbal therapies. If you have any questions about whether or not you can take a prescription or other over-the-counter pill or supplement, ask your plastic surgeon directly.
Stop Smoking Ahead of Time
Smoking is one of the fastest ways to increase your risk factors prior to any surgery, including liposuction. Patients who smoke have been shown to have increased chances of delayed healing, infection and more. Speak directly to your plastic surgeon about his or her recommendations regarding smoking. It is not uncommon for a plastic surgeon to elect not to operate on patients who smoke.
Maintain Your Weight Before Liposuction Surgery
When you meet with your plastic surgeon for your initial liposuction consultation, she or he will design a surgery based on your weight and body contour at that time. If it becomes evident during your consultation that you are planning on losing weight, your surgeon will most likely advise you to do this prior to scheduling surgery. It is best to be at your stable goal weight at the time of surgery. Your plastic surgeon may assist you in diet and lifestyle changes to get you to your goal. Between your final consultation and your surgery date, it is essential that you avoid losing or gaining weight and potentially altering the surgeon’s planned approach and your potential results. Maintaining your weight can help you to see the results you’re expecting. Furthermore, crash diets or other get-slim-quick techniques could actually affect your health negatively before surgery and lead to potential complications as you are healing. Instead of concentrating on the number on your scale, focus on eating a balanced, healthy diet and getting moderate exercise at regular intervals throughout the week.
Plan Your Liposuction With a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
To begin your own journey toward permanent fat removal with liposuction, contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center to book an appointment with Dr. Ross, one of our plastic surgeons. Dr. Ross believes that educating and communicating with her patients are the keys to helping them achieve successful, natural-looking results. Schedule your consultation at the Aesthetic Surgery Center, located at 1175 Creekside Parkway #100 in Naples, FL, by calling (239) 594-9100.