5 Tips to Cover Your Bases before Getting Liposuction

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Now that you’ve scheduled your liposuction procedure, you might have some questions about what to expect and how to prepare. There’s lots you can do in the weeks and even months leading up to your surgery date to get ready for lipo and maximize your results. Of course, you should still talk to your plastic surgeon about specific preparation guidelines.

1. Work on Reaching Your Target Weight

Chances are, you’re getting liposuction because you’re having a hard time losing stubborn fat in areas like your love handles, belly, waist or thighs. While this popular body contouring procedure can absolutely help you achieve the slimmer, sleeker physique you’re looking for, it’s not a stand-in for good old-fashioned weight loss. The closer you are to your target weight before getting lipo, the more complete your results can be.

Plus, if you develop a healthy diet and exercise regimen now, you’ll be more likely to stick with it after your procedure, which is crucial if you want long-lasting results. It is possible to gain weight again after liposuction.

2. Stop Smoking

Another important lipo prep tip that you can start as early as possible is to stop smoking or using other tobacco products. Most plastic surgeons will ask that you refrain from smoking at least four weeks before your surgery, but the sooner you can stop, the better.

Tobacco use can increase your risk of complications during your procedure, as well as hinder your body’s ability to heal afterward. Not to mention the host of other potential health problems that smoking can cause. In fact, many people find that getting plastic surgery is just the motivation they needed to kick the habit for good. If you need some help in this area, ask your plastic surgeon for helpful resources.

3. Get Prescriptions Filled ahead of Time

During your pre-op visit, your plastic surgeon will most likely send you home with prescriptions that you can get filled before your liposuction appointment. That way, you won’t have to worry about having someone drive you to the pharmacy to get your prescriptions after your procedure.

You can also set yourself up with a cozy recovery space that’s all ready for you when you get home. Round up lots of pillows, blankets, books, movies and other essentials for the first few days after liposuction. Get any chores done ahead of time, too, like grocery shopping, laundry and cleaning.

4. Know Which Medications and Supplements to Avoid

If you currently take any prescription medications, be sure to let your plastic surgeon know before getting liposuction.

Some medications, supplements and even some foods and spices can thin your blood and therefore increase the risk of surgical complications and post-surgical bruising. Ask your plastic surgeon for a complete list of medications to avoid prior to getting liposuction. Here are just a few that should be on your list:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen
  • Vitamin E
  • Saint John’s wort
  • Omega fatty acids
  • Ginger
  • Garlic


5. Ask Questions

If you still have questions about how to prepare for liposuction, don’t hesitate to give your plastic surgeon’s office a call. The only bad question is one that isn’t asked. The same goes for after your procedure – if there’s anything you’re unsure of, ask. Your plastic surgeon and his or her team should be happy to offer advice and guidance to ensure beautiful liposuction results.


5 Tips to Cover Your Bases before Getting Liposuction
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Wondering how to get ready for lipo? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Campanile of Denver, Colorado shares five top preparation tips.
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