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Tips on how to prepare for your liposuction procedure

Tips on how to prepare for your liposuction procedure
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Getting the most out of your liposuction procedure means careful preparations on the part of your clinic and physician, but there are some steps you also need to take for the procedure to be a success. 

Tip #1 Avoid certain drugs, herbs or supplements

There are some medications, herbs and vitamin supplements that don’t go well with surgery of any kind because they have an anti-clotting effect on blood, also known as ‘blood thinners’. It’s important to stop taking these substances two weeks prior to liposuction surgery. The less bleeding during your procedure, the better, to reduce bruising and possible complications. 

Problem substances include: 

  • Aspirin
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Herbal supplements containing concentrated ginkgo, garlic, ginseng, ginger, dong quai, ephedra, feverfew or St John’s wort
  • Fish oil or other omega-3 supplements
  • Vitamin E
  • Some birth control

If you’re taking medication, herbs or supplements, run them past your doctor early on in the process. 

#2. Choose your support person

You may not be able to drive yourself home after your liposuction procedure, as you will still be under the influence of a sedative. In some cases, you may have had a general anaesthetic. At ENRICH’s Melbourne clinic, most of our liposuction procedures are performed under a local anaesthetic, and some procedures may only take an hour, so talk to your liposuction surgeon about what will be required in terms of your after-care. 

It is advisable that when you book your appointment, consider who your support person will be, to drive you home and stay overnight with you if necessary. You cannot take a taxi or a rideshare home. 

#3. Understand your liposuction procedure

We’ve found that patients who are well-informed of what their procedures entail and what to expect afterwards are the happiest with the results. Liposuction ranges from a very short procedure to an extensive body modification strategy. It’s valuable to understand what happens before, during and after surgery, so at each step, you are aware of what’s happening to you. 

Talk over your treatment plan with your surgeon and ask any questions you have. If you think of questions outside of your appointments, write them down to bring to your next appointment or call the clinic. We’ve also provided several resources on our website, and supply information brochures at the clinic. You will receive more detailed information upon booking your procedure – you don’t walk away empty-handed!

#4. Don’t lose weight before liposuction

You should be at a stable and healthy weight for a while before undergoing liposuction because losing or gaining weight will affect the results. Losing or gaining a few kilos won’t make a lot of difference, but any more than that could compromise your results. Your liposuction surgeon is working with a set of known factors before the procedure, one of which includes your weight and fat distribution. 

Avoid going on any special weight-loss diets, especially those that restrict calories or certain food groups (unless otherwise directed by a practitioner). If you need to go on an elimination diet due to digestive issues, for example, your weight could be affected due to cutting out certain foods. It is best to talk over any major overhauls of your diet with your surgeon, as in some cases it might be appropriate to bring forward or delay your surgery. 

#5. Don’t shave the liposuction treatment area

Shaving right before your appointment could result in ingrown hairs and an increased possibility of infection after your surgery. Shaving takes off the top layer of skin cells, cutting the hair off bluntly. 

#6. Wear loose, comfortable clothes to your appointment

Wearing clothes that are easy to put on and take off will make the day of your surgery much more comfortable. Tight clothes can be hard to take off when one area of your body is swollen, so consider this when getting dressed. For example, wearing a turtleneck to your chin liposuction or skinny jeans to your thigh procedure won’t work. Think button-ups and loose-fitting with ties. 

#7. Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally

You’re doing a big thing – altering your body permanently – and while you’re no doubt excited about the ultimate outcome, you won’t see results for a little while yet. Liposuction requires a lot of preparation and planning before, during and after. Preparing yourself mentally and emotionally is part of that. Here’s a checklist of those factors you might like to consider:

  • Research your procedure as much as you can so you know what to expect
  • Find out how others have felt after a similar procedure – the internet is a great resource (just carefully consider the source)
  • Talk with Dr Rich and our staff about our experiences – we’ve done these procedures thousands of times
  • Prepare yourself for the financial costs – find out exactly how much your liposuction procedure will cost
  • Understand that you will have some discomfort physically afterwards, but that this is managed with pain killers where necessary
  • Undergoing surgery may cause you to feel a little anxious, which is normal and understandable – you’re given a sedative during your treatment, and our liposuction team is exceptionally good at making you comfortable so that you can relax
  • You may not be able to do things you usually do, like work out or lift heavy groceries, for a few weeks as you heal
  • Your body may have bruising and swelling, which is normal but may come as a surprise when you look at yourself first-time post-surgery.
  • Understand the risks of your procedure – things sometimes go wrong, and it’s important to know what to look for
  • Your body will look different afterwards, and there may be feelings of joy and excitement, but also a little anxiety or surprise
  • Prepare your avenues for asking for help if you need it, with the first step being our Armadale clinic

It is an exciting time, having made the decision to go ahead with your liposuction procedure, and preparing for it at home and with us. If you have any questions at all, please call the clinic for a friendly chat. We’re here to help!

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