Lipoplasty – Liposuction : Preparation & Procedure (Fat Reduction)

Before receiving any of the procedures, no anticoagulants should be taken for two weeks before the surgery. If general anesthesia or sedation has to be used, and the surgery has to be in the morning, fasting from the previous night is required. If only local anesthesia has to be used, fasting is not required. Smoking must be avoided for about two months prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and can result in loss of tissue.

Precautions & Procedure

In all liposuction methods, there are certain things that should be done while undergoing the procedure/surgery:

  1. Before the procedure begins, the candidate and the surgeon will agree on exactly which area(s) will be treated and what outcome to expect
  2. A consent form is signed on the day of surgery
  3. An antibiotic will be given about an hour beforehand, or afterwards
  4. The targeted areas are marked on the body while the candidate is in a standing position
  5. Sometimes photos will be taken of the area to be treated, so the patient will have before and after photos
  6. In the operating room, a sterilizing solution such as Betadine, is applied to the relevant areas
  7. Local anesthetic is injected and the patient may be given a sedative, either orally, or through an IV injection
  8. Incisions are small, about a quarter to a third of an inch
  9. The patient will probably have an IV fluid line, since they will be losing fluid with the fat, and the fluid balance must be kept intact
  10. There will be some monitoring devices attached to the body to keep track of the blood pressure, heart rate, and blood oxygen level
  11. The patient will feel only a scraping or rasping sensation from the cannula movement
  12. Usually the patient can get up, walk around, and go home the same day if they did not receive general anesthesia

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