6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Getting Liposuction

Posted August 24, 2020 by in Health + Fitness
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Figuring out if liposuction is right for your needs requires a second opinion. If you are thinking about getting a liposuction, you want to prepare yourself with the right questions before seeing your doctor.

Here are six questions to ask your doctor before getting liposuction:

  1. So What Exactly Is Liposuction?

Liposuction (also known as liposculpture) is a surgical cosmetic procedure that removes the subcutaneous fat layer (fat that resides between muscle and skin) in parts of the body that are stubborn to get rid of through exercise and diet.

Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Rather, it is a way to remove a pocket of fat that is stubborn or not responsive in otherwise healthy individuals.

Some of the typical “problem” areas and types of liposuction include:

  • Abdomen or Belly Pooch
  • Double Chin
  • Bottom of Upper Arms
  • Back of Neck
  • Outer Thighs or Saddlebags
  • Love Handles
  • Muffin Top
  • Bra Strap Area
  • Male Breasts
  1. Am I an Ideal Candidate for Getting Liposuction?

Healthy individuals at or close to their goal weight are the best candidates for liposuction. The best candidates for getting liposuction are also nonsmokers.

Ideal patients for liposuction have stubborn subcutaneous fat (fat that resides between muscle and skin) and not visceral fat (fat beneath the muscle layer around the abdominal organs).

  1. How Can I Prepare for Liposuction?

Your surgeon will provide you with instructions for the days leading up to your liposuction. Ask a supportive family member or friend to help drive you to and from the surgical center and maybe even assist with postsurgical care.

You may need to temporarily stop taking certain medications like aspirin and blood thinners before your procedure. In most cases, blood work is done before surgery to ensure that the patient is a good candidate for anesthesia.

  1. What Happens During the Procedure?

Small incisions are made into the skin, and a tool called a cannula is inserted into the fat pocket. The cannula is attached to a suction device or a syringe to extract the excess fat.

Liposuction, in general, is an outpatient surgery.  Often, you are allowed to go home the same day as your surgery.

  1. What Is Recovery Like After Getting Liposuction?

In most cases, a patient can return to school or work in a few days and resume all normal day-to-day activities within 2-4 weeks or less. This includes exercise. Chin liposuction has a faster recovery period.

Keep in mind that recovery varies depending on the amount of fat removed, as well as the area treated. Following your surgeon’s instructions is the best way to have a swift recovery that is as painless as possible.

Some discomfort may be felt, such as swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the treated area. You may also be asked to wear compression garments in the areas of the procedure.

  1. What Kind of Results Should I Expect After the Procedure?

Immediately after your surgery, you can expect to see some swelling, and the skin may be loose. It can take anywhere from several weeks to months to see the full effects of your procedure.

What You Need To Ask Before Getting Liposuction

If you are thinking about getting liposuction, you want to prepare yourself with the right questions before seeing your doctor.

We hope you found our list of six questions to ask your doctor before getting liposuction helpful. If you found this post helpful, be sure to check out more from our beauty category!