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preparing for liposuction

Preparing For Liposuction

Liposuction is a very popular cosmetic surgery that is designed to remove unwanted body fats. It specifically targets areas where body fat tends to accumulate and is hard to shift through diet and exercise, such as the upper arms, buttocks, hips, thighs and tummy.

The aim of liposuction is not only to remove excess body fat, but also to alter body shape and sculpt a more desirable appearance. This can then be successfully maintained for a long period of time, providing the patient maintains a healthy weight.

Am I a suitable candidate for liposuction?

Before we will approve a patient for any of our surgeries, you will be asked to attend a comprehensive consultation appointment with us. During this meeting, we will discuss your medical history, as well as your objectives for your surgery. We will also conduct an examination of the areas that you wish to target for liposuction. This information will help us to determine if you are a suitable candidate for liposuction.

Preparing for your surgery

Although complications as a result of liposuction are rare, you can help to minimize any risks, improve your recovery and ensure that you get the very best result from your surgery by taking adequate steps ahead of your procedure.

Stop Smoking

Most of us realise that smoking is bad for our overall health and wellbeing. However, slower healing times and increased risk of infection have been observed in patients who have a wound as a result of a surgical procedure. This is largely due to the restricted flow of oxygenated blood to the site of the surgery. Therefore, by quitting smoking ahead of your liposuction, you will not only immediately improve your general health, but you will also give yourself the best chance of a low-risk, faster recovery.

Avoid certain medications

You will be asked to avoid taking any medication that contains aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for at least two weeks before your surgery. This is because they will increase the likelihood of you bleeding excessively either during or after your liposuction procedure.

You may also be asked to seek alternatives for some prescribed medications, but this will be discussed with you at your consultation.

Pre-operative check

If you are having a general anesthetic for your liposuction procedure, it will be necessary for you to attend a pre-operative health check at our clinic. This will ensure that you are as healthy as possible going into your procedure, and give you a further opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

During your pre-operative check, you can expect to have your blood pressure, pulse, height and weight checked. Your nostrils may be swabbed to ensure that you aren’t carrying any infectious diseases such as MRSA, and you may be asked to provide a urine sample.

If you would have any further questions about how to prepare for your liposuction procedure, our experienced team will be happy to assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices today.