Liposuction can usually be performed using the tumescent technique, which makes it a less invasive cosmetic surgery requiring only local anesthesia. But the procedure is still considered a major surgery and will involve certain amount of advance preparation in order to achieve safe outcomes.
A well-prepared patient will typically have more confidence and will feel less anxious prior to the surgery, and will also have higher chances of a smooth and easy recovery. Board certified plastic surgeons at the Aesthetic Center of Plastic Surgery (ACPS) provide liposuction to patients in Houston, Texas, TX, and surrounding locations.
The patient can follow a few simple guidelines provided by the surgeon in order to prepare for liposuction plastic surgery:
- Arrange for past and current health records from the physician and specialists to be sent to the surgeon’s office.
- Prepare a detailed list of medications, including blood thinners, NSAIDs, prescription medications, and herbal supplements and vitamins that the patient may be currently using.
- If the patient has not had a mammogram in the previous six months, she should get a baseline mammogram performed ahead of time. Additionally, the surgeon may order a mammogram with specialized views, depending on the case.
- If the schedule of any prescription medications needs to be changed, have the surgeon speak to the general physician.
- Avoid smoking for a certain period of time before the surgery as instructed by the surgeon.
- If any pressing household or office tasks are pending, have them completed prior to the surgery in order to have a stress-free post-operative recovery.
- Preferably, arrange for a friend, family member or a professional caregiver to assist during the first two days after the surgery.
- Arrange for a responsible person to drive the patient back home after the liposuction procedure.
Following the surgeon’s advice for preparation will help the patient to have a safer surgery with minimal risk of complications or delayed recovery.
The surgeon may provide a printed set of common instructions to the patient as a part of the liposuction preparation process. These instructions may include:
- Stop using aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for about two weeks prior to liposuction.
- Avoid using vitamin E, vitamin C, herbal remedies and dietary supplements for a month before the surgery.
- Refraining from consuming alcohol for about 48 hours before the procedure.
- Do not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to the surgery.
- Take adequate rest and sleep on the night before the surgery.
- On the day of surgery, do not wear makeup, nail paint, body piercings, jewelry or contact lenses.
- Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes and shoes on the day of the surgery.
- Diabetic patients should have their vital parameters checked on the morning of the surgery.
It is normal to have mild pre-surgery stress, and the surgeon may prescribe a calming medication to be taken the night before the surgery. Hard working and committed cosmetic surgeons at ACPS receive patients from Houston, Texas, TX, and nearby areas for liposuction.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery(ACPS)physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.