What Should I do Before Liposuction?

Bobby R. Goldsmith
Bobby R. Goldsmith
An EKG to record heart activity may be ordered before liposuction.
An EKG to record heart activity may be ordered before liposuction.

There are several things you must do to prepare before liposuction surgery is performed. First, attend every evaluation session established following your initial surgery consultation. You will need to perform a few tasks beforehand, such as an elimination of medications and food. You will need to wear the proper clothing and prepare all medications and other items that you will need for your post-operative recovery. Most liposuction operations are performed on an out-patient basis, meaning you will not need to pack a bag for an extended hospital stay.

Following your initial consultation with a plastic surgeon, you will have at least one, but possibly two or three, pre-surgery evaluations. Attend each of these evaluations, and take notes on all preparatory information that the surgeon gives you. The final evaluation will take place between one and two weeks before the liposuction surgery takes place. The evaluation will assess your physical condition, and blood tests, an EKG, and any other tests the surgeon requires will be performed. You may need to get clearance from your primary care physician before liposuction surgery can be performed.

Before liposuction, you will need to fast, which means that you will not be able to eat anything for at least six hours, perhaps up to 12 hours, before your scheduled surgery time. Also, you will need to restrict or completely avoid the consumption of fluids for up to 12 hours prior to surgery. You should take a hot shower and clean yourself thoroughly to reduce the risk of surgical infection. Avoid shaving the areas that will be involved in the surgery because ingrown hairs can cause infection or complicate the procedure. Let surgical staff clean, prepare and shave these areas.

You will need to arrange for a ride to and from the medical office. If you have pets, you should arrange for adequate care in the days following your surgery as you will most likely not be moving much during recovery. Before liposuction surgery, stock up on quality food. Pre-made meals are the most practical, but you may also want to consider homemade food as well. The better your nutrition following surgery, the easier your recovery period will be.

Do not take aspirin or other medications that will thin your blood. This will complicate surgery. You must stop smoking at least two weeks prior to your surgery date, as smoking not only complicates the procedure, it can diminish and delay your recovery time. On the day of your surgery, wear loose, comfortable clothing that won't bind in the areas affected by the surgery.

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    • An EKG to record heart activity may be ordered before liposuction.
      An EKG to record heart activity may be ordered before liposuction.