10 things to consider before undergoing liposuction

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jul 20, 2015 9:30:00 AM

thoughts before considering liposuctionAny medical procedure comes with considerations you should be aware of before undergoing the procedure, and liposuction is no exception. Liposuction is meant to change your appearance by taking away excess fat and smoothing your figure. Undergoing a surgical procedure without a clear understanding of what’s involved can lead to disappointment and less than ideal outcomes.

Take a look at this list of liposuction considerations as told by RealSelf community members.

  1. You’re not “cheating” — Anything you use to improve your appearance -- including high heels, makeup, false eyelashes, colored contacts, hair dye, Spanx, underwire bras, fake nails, hair transplants, tooth whiteners and liposuction — can be considered “cheating,” but it’s all about enhancing and helping you feel good about your appearance. Don’t sweat it.
  2. It’s not a fast way to a fit body — Liposuction helps your body look good without excess fat deposits, but a permanent solution to a fit body will continue to be exercise and a well-balanced diet.
  3. It may take three months for final results — Don’t become frustrated if you don’t see results immediately after your procedure. It can take up to three months to see the final product.
  4. You’ll get the best results from a specialist in plastic surgery/liposuction — It’s important to trust your plastic surgeon, and you should look to undergo liposuction with an expert in the field. Ask for credentials and look for someone who answers all your questions.
  5. You’ll likely experience some post-surgery pain — Liposuction is a medical procedure, and you should expect some pain post surgery, but the pain shouldn’t feel worse than a bad bruise. Don’t expect to walk away from the surgery pain free, and follow your doctor’s instructions for taking your pain medication.
  6. You may gain weight — The swelling as a result of the surgery can cause some temporary weight gain, but liposuction is more about losing inches in the curves of your body. It may be good not to weigh yourself before and after your procedure so you don’t create any undue stress.
  7. You will experience swelling and bruising — Liposuction is a surgical procedure, and you should expect a normal body reaction. If you have concerns about going back to work or any limitations after surgery, ask your doctor about what to expect and your timeline for recovery.
  8. Your doctor may recommend a compression garment — After surgery, you may need to wear a compression garment for an extended period to ensure your body recovers properly. Your doctor will give you more detailed information about how long to wear it 24/7 and when you can begin to wear it less.
  9. It can make cellulite look worse — Liposuction helps enhance your shape through the removal of excess fat deposits that may be covering or smoothing out the look of cellulite. Your shape may be improved, but the look of cellulite may be more pronounced post surgery.
  10. Healthy habits are important after surgery — It’s important to keep in mind your end goal for undergoing liposuction. Make sure to follow all advice from your doctor and nurses to ensure success from the procedure and the best results possible.

Learn more from people who have undergone liposuction and what they wished they knew going in from the RealSelf website.

Are you interested in undergoing liposuction to effectively get rid of excess fat? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery, or call us today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices, or at (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location to learn more about your options for cosmetic surgery.

Topics: Body Contouring, liposuction

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