How to Prepare for Liposuction
Liposuction preparation is exactly what is sounds like. Before you have liposuction, we highly recommend you take the time to prepare for your upcoming procedure, and for your recovery period. Aside from the health benefits, your mind will be much more at ease knowing you're ready for your surgery, and for the next few weeks of healing.
You’ll also want to go shopping to have the following items on hand:
- Antibacterial soap, such as Lever 2000 or Dial
- Laxative or stool softener (narcotic pain medication may cause constipation)
- Pick-up tool to help you retrieve things from the floor without having to bend
- Comfortable robe and/or pajamas
- Entertainment such as books, magazines, and movies to help keep you occupied while you rest
- Low sodium foods so as not to increase fluid retention and swelling.
You’ll also need to make a few temporary changes one week before your surgery.
- Do not shave the area to be treated.
This will increase your risk of infection.
- Do not drink alcohol.
Alcohol thins your blood, which will prolong healing and increase bruising. Drink water instead to hydrate and nourish your body. You’ll also need to continue to refrain from drinking alcohol for at least one week following surgery.
- Do not smoke.
Nicotine will prolong your recovery, and increases your chances of post-surgical complications. You’ll also need to continue to refrain from smoking for at least one week following surgery. We also recommend you try to quit smoking altogether to avoid health problems in the future.
- Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen.
These drugs interfere with the body’s normal blood clotting ability. You’ll also need to continue to avoid aspirin for at least one week following surgery. If you have a headache or other pain, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead.
- Do not take herbal supplements.
Several herbal supplements such as St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, green tea extract, ginseng, and garlic can interact negatively with anesthesia. We highly recommend you stop taking all herbal supplements two weeks prior to surgery.The only herbal product we recommend using prior to or after your surgery is arnica cream or ointment. This plant-based product is often used to reduce inflammation, soothe muscle aches, and heal wounds.
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- Bathe and wash your hair; you may not be able to bathe for a few days to avoid getting your bandages wet.
- Do not eat or drink anything during the final eight hours prior to your surgery. This includes sips of water and chewing gum.
- If your stomach is not completely empty, there’s a chance you could regurgitate while you’re under general anesthesia. If this happens, food or water could enter your lungs.
- If you eat or drink within eight hours before surgery, the procedure will have to be canceled for your own safety.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow any water.
- Do not wear any:
- contact lenses
- hair pins
- nail polish
- false nails
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing that does not pull on over your head.
You will be in the recovery area for one to two hours before being discharged. While there, the nursing staff will ensure you are eating, drinking, walking around, and comfortable.
You must have a ride home from surgery. This does not include cabs or public transit. Without an organized ride home, your surgery will be canceled, and you will be charged a cancellation fee. You must be picked up when you are ready to be discharged. Please give our staff the phone number of the person picking you up, and they will call to advise when you are ready to be picked up.
Please begin taking your painkillers and using your topical antibiotics when you get home.
We’ll provide you with detailed pre-operative instructions before your surgery, and your surgeon will also give you instructions and recommendations. Following all of these instructions will help ensure your comfort, avoid liposuction complications, and speed your healing.
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