Liposuction FAQs

Question: If I gain any weight, will my liposuction results be ruined?

Answer: Small amounts of weight gain do not harm results, but certainly, since the results of liposuction can be subtle, it is best to avoid weight gain.

 

Question: Will I have very much swelling following my liposuction procedure?

Answer: Moderate swelling can be alleviated by wearing compression garments and by reducing salt in your diet. Usually lower trunk swelling lasts 3 to 6 months, and thigh, arm, and breast swelling will last about 1-3 months.

 

Question: What is laser-assisted liposuction? Do you do this?

Answer: This is a newly deveoloped technique which removes fat and simultaneously heats the skin to induce minor shrinkage. Currently we are evaluating its merits, but do not yet offer it.

 

Question: What medications should I avoid if I’m considering liposuction?

Answer: Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen and Aleve. And, because they may cause bleeding, you should avoid fish oil (Omega 3) capsules. Herbal products should also be avoided. All of this will be covered in depth with your plastic surgeon prior to cosmetic surgery.

 

Question: What is ultrasonic liposuction?

Answer: Ultrasonic Liposuction is an approach in which microwave energy causes fat cells to liquefy so that they can be vacuumed out through the cannula.

 

Question: How can I get rid of cellulite for good?

Answer: Unfortunately, there are no proven techniques for permanent cellulite removal.

 

Question: Why is it important to be well hydrated before liposuction surgery?

Answer: Liposuction causes fluid shifts to occur in the body. Preoperative hydration helps to make those shifts of fluid the smoothest and safest possible.

 

Question: How long will I need to be off work following liposuction?

Answer: It depends on how many areas are operated. This can be discussed with your plastic surgeon during your consultation.

 

Question: Is this cosmetic surgery procedure safe?

Answer: It is very safe. Blood loss is usually moderate and infections are rare. The risk of blood clots is comparable to other anesthetic procedures.

 

Question: Will I be awake during this procedure?

Answer: This procedures are normally performed under general anesthesia.

 

Question: Is there a risk of infection with this procedure?

Answer: Infection risk is minimal. Preventative antibiotics are used.

 

Question: Will liposuction tighten my skin?

Answer: Ordinarily not.

 

Question: How much weight can I lose with liposuction?

Answer: Liposuction is considered a contouring procedure, not a weight loss operation. There is no significant weight loss with this procedure.