Booking a liposuction procedure can be exciting but, at the same time, quite scary. You are probably wondering what you can do so the surgery and recovery go without complications. The solution is to ensure that you are fully prepared for the liposuction procedure.
So let’s look at what you can do before liposuction.
1. Set realistic expectations
The most important thing is to set realistic expectations before a liposuction procedure. The healing process varies from person to person. You might have read stories online from people who got liposuction, and they didn’t feel any pain post-surgery. In many cases, this might be true; however, don’t expect your journey to be similar!
2. Prepare to rest
Preparing a few days for rest is advised to allow your body to heal after the liposuction surgery. It is suggested to start walking in 1-2 days; however, take it slowly!
3. Stop certain medications
Before undergoing liposuction surgery, you will have a consultation with a doctor. It is so they can see whether you are fit for the procedure. During the consultation, it is very important that you are honest about your medical history and the medications you might be taking at that time. The surgeon might tell you to stop taking certain medications. They can include herbal supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, and aspirin. Some medications can interfere with anesthetics. Don’t worry though, the doctor will tell you when to stop taking medication and when you can start retaking it.
4. Stop smoking
If you are a smoker, it is best that you will stop before your liposuction surgery. The smoke from cigarettes has a negative effect on cosmetic surgery. It reduces the blood flow, which slows down the healing processes and prolongs the recovery period. We know it’s hard, but we advise you to stop smoking at least one month before and after liposuction.
5. Do not shave
You might think that shaving the liposuction area might be a good idea. Unfortunately, it’s totally opposite. Shaving can cause ingrown hairs post-surgery and lead to potential infections. It’s better not to shave at least 24 hours before the surgery.
6. Have a family member or a friend drive you home
It is important that you have someone who can drive you home after the surgery; it’s best to plan it ahead so on that day, you are sure there is someone who can help. After the liposuction procedure, you won’t be able to drive home, and the surgeon will not let you take public transport or a taxi.
7. Reach safe weight
Before having a liposuction procedure, you should try to lose some of the extra weight with the help of exercise and a healthy, sustainable diet. We advise you not to follow magic diets; it usually makes you eat too little food. As a result, after a while, you might start to overeat due to malnourishment. Keep in mind that for your safety, your weight should be the same during consultation and surgery.