Liposuction plastic surgery has been made less invasive with advancements in surgical techniques and the use of laser and ultrasound technology over the years.
Regardless, liposuction is still a significant surgical procedure which involves detailed preparation to attain safe and predictable results. At the time of the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will provide the patient with instructions on preparing for the procedure.
A patient who is adequately prepared will typically have higher confidence levels and can make more objective decisions regarding the procedure. Such patients usually have a lesser risk of complications as well as a faster recovery.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.
Suggestions for Preparation
The patient can undertake the following simple steps to enable them to be well-prepared for their impending liposuction surgery:
- Arrange for past medical records from the physician, specialists, and hospital to be sent directly to the surgeon’s office.
- Create a list of any prescription and non-prescription drugs including vitamins, supplements, herbal medications, which the patient currently uses.
- In case the surgeon recommends changes in the schedule of specific prescription medications, arrange for them to speak to the prescribing doctor.
- Discontinue smoking for a specific duration as instructed by the surgeon pre and post liposuction plastic surgery.
- Perform any urgent household or work-related tasks beforehand to enjoy a relaxed procedure and recovery period.
- Arrange for aftercare, if necessary, to assist the patient during the initial two to three days after the procedure.
- Ask a responsible person to drive the patient back after their liposuction procedure.
If the patient follows the surgeon’s preparation instructions in a dedicated manner, it can significantly reduce the risks associated with the procedure as well as expedite the healing process.
The surgeon’s staff may provide the patient with a printed set of common instructions as a part of the preparation process for liposuction. These guidelines may include the following:
- Discontinue the use of any blood thinners, NSAIDs, and other such drugs two weeks prior to liposuction.
- Avoid the use of vitamin C, vitamin E, dietary pills, and herbal supplements for around four weeks before the procedure.
- Minimize the consumption of alcohol and completely avoid drinking for a minimum of 48 hours prior to the surgery.
- Do not eat or drink for eight hours before the scheduled time of the liposuction.
- Take sufficient rest and get plenty of sleep on the night before the procedure.
- Avoid wearing makeup, contact lenses, nail paint, body piercings, or jewelry to the surgical facility.
- Wear loose fitting and comfortable clothes and a front-open top on the day of the surgery.
- If the patient is diabetic, they should have their vital parameters assessed on the morning of the procedure.
Some patients may feel anxious a day before the surgery, and the surgeon may prescribe a mild sedative to them to be taken a night prior to the liposuction procedure.
Applying for Leave at the Workplace
Working professionals should apply for a minimum of one week of leave from work to recover from the procedure. In the second week of the liposuction surgery, they should only undertake sedentary work and not perform any activities that put pressure on the incisions. The patient should discuss these issues beforehand at their workplace.
Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for liposuction.For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.