Before Your Procedure
The first step you’ll need to take will be consultations at the clinics you’re considering. During a consult, you’ll meet with the cosmetic surgeon who will perform your procedure as well as their surgical consultant. You can expect to discuss things like why you’re considering liposuction and what you want to achieve with it.
A consult also gives you the opportunity to learn about and assess each cosmetic surgeon and clinic—whether they make you feel comfortable, how experienced they are at performing liposuction procedures, and what credentials they possess.
If you choose to undergo liposuction with us, we’ll give you some resources and forms to read and fill out before your surgery:
- Consent forms, which you need to sign to ensure you understand the nature of the procedure and any risks associated with it.
- Preoperative instructions that cover a range of topics including how to prepare during the days leading up to your surgery, medications you should and shouldn’t take, and more.
If you have any questions or concerns about the surgery itself or any of the documents, make sure you talk about them with your cosmetic surgeon in advance.
During Your Procedure
Before your procedure begins, your surgeon will make marks on your body (which will subsequently be used as guidelines) to indicate the target areas.
Next, you’ll receive general anaesthesia to put you to sleep and prevent you from feeling any pain. Your surgeon will then make small incisions near the areas (fat deposits) you discussed during your consultation.
Your surgeon will place a canula—a hollow tube that’s about the size of a pen—through the incisions. This suctions out the fat, along with some bodily fluid. Don’t worry, your surgeon will monitor how much fat and fluid is taken, keeping you safe by not removing a harmful amount.
Your surgeon will finish the liposuction surgery by closing the incisions. You should expect to have scars, but they’ll be thin and difficult to notice, since your surgeon will deliberately make them in discreet areas.
After Your Procedure
Patients are typically able to leave the clinic the same day they have the operation (your surgeon will advise you if otherwise).They’ll give you post-operative guidance, including written and verbal instructions about how you should look after the treated area.
You’ll have to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks after your liposuction procedure. It keeps your body tight to reduce swelling and help the final results take shape. We’ll provide you with a first-stage medical garment—one that’s sturdy, washable, and designed with holes, zippers, and seams in places that prevent incidents and minimize discomfort—that’s tailored to your needs (procedure, areas treated, etc.). If you’d like, you can also buy a second-stage garment.
Once you take the compression garment off, you can see the results you’ve been waiting for! But keep in mind, there may still be swelling that needs a few more weeks to disappear.
Maintaining Your Healthy Lifestyle
Undergoing liposuction doesn’t mean you get to lay off your healthy lifestyle. In order to maintain your results over the long term, you need to keep up with the diet and exercise regimens that got you there.
Since liposuction permanently removes fat cells from targeted areas, it is true that you won’t gain as much weight in those spots if your overall weight increases. That won’t stop you from gaining weight in other areas, however, nor will it prevent the fat cells that are still in the treated area from growing.
Remember—staying healthy is the key to sustaining your results!