Pre Lipo

Your Ultimate Pre-Liposuction Checklist

When getting ready for a liposuction procedure, there are a few simple things you can do to help improve your experience and ensure that your recovery goes smoothly. These are my top five preparatory liposuction tips for a safe and successful procedure:

  1. Quit smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for your health, and it’s also bad for your appearance. What you may not know is that smoking can cause significant complications during surgical procedures. Smoking causes your blood vessels to constrict, which increases your risk of complications for a wide variety of medical procedures, including liposuction. If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking at least two weeks pre-lipo and for an additional two weeks following the procedure. Hopefully, you’ll be able to quit smoking for good.

  1. Stop taking aspirin

Generally, you don’t want to take any Advil, Aleve, or aspirin for the five days leading up to your procedure. Aspirin can thin your blood and increase the risk of complications. If your primary care physician has prescribed you to take aspirin every day, let your plastic surgeon know during your consultation.

  1. Eat healthy and keep up your fitness routine

Getting liposuction isn’t an excuse to stop eating well or treating your body right. Having a regular exercise routine will only help improve the results of your body contouring procedure, both pre-liposuction and once you have healed.

  1. Prepare for your recovery

Make life easier for yourself by stocking your fridge with snacks and easy-to-prepare meals for the days following your procedure. You might also want to hire a babysitter for those first 12 hours following the procedure, and you may want to take a few days off of work to give yourself a chance to relax.

  1. Go in with realistic expectations

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon should give you a realistic sense of what you can accomplish with liposuction.

If you’re considering liposuction in Santa Monica for Venice Beach, schedule a consultation in my convenient and private beach bungalow office. I can answer all your questions about the procedure, let you know which type of liposuction might be appropriate for you, and give you a clear sense of what type of results you can expect.

Michael Giuffrida
AUTHOR

Michael A. Giuffrida, MD

After establishing a successful plastic surgery practice on the East Coast and accumulating over 20 years of experience, I decided to open a new office in Venice Beach. I'm thrilled to be here and cannot wait to work with new patients in Los Angeles. In my spare time, you’re most likely to find me at the yoga studio. I’m an avid yoga practitioner, and recently completed my 200-hour teacher training through the Yoga Alliance. I also enjoy surfing, cycling, and spending time with my two sons.

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