University of Virginia Plastic Surgery
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue 4th Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Phone: (434) 924-1234
Location Hours: Monday–Friday | 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

How to Prepare for Liposuction Surgery in 4 Easy Steps

Side view of woman's waist with her hand pulling her big jeans away from her body

Our liposuction patients from Charlottesville, Richmond, and beyond are often excited in the days before surgery. They’re eager to get rid of their unwanted fat and enjoy a new, beautifully sculpted body.  

However, surgery is a major decision that often involves a bit of planning, even when you’re mentally jumping ahead to the results you’ll enjoyLuckily, preparing for your procedure and recovery isn’t complicated. Here are 4 easy ways to make your surgical journey smooth and safe. 

Adjust your medications. 

You may need to adapt some regular habits during the days leading up to surgery. Some medications don’t pair well with liposuction or certain types of anesthesia, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about all of the medications you take. Stay away from supplements and vitamins that increase your risk of complications such as high blood pressure or excessive bleeding. Stop using aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory drugs in the weeks leading up to your procedure. 

Build a support system. 

Reach out to friends and family and let them know you will be undergoing surgery. Your movement and range of motion will be limited after treatment, so it is good to have loved ones who can help you with childcare and chores. Arrange for a ride home after the procedure and have someone stay with you the first night. Discuss your overall treatment plan with your family so they know what to expect in the coming days. 

Manage your health. 

The best way to have a happy, healthy recovery is to give your body the support it needs. Avoid smoking or excessive drinking at least 1 month before surgery to help lower the risk of complications. Also, refrain from any “crash dieting” or losing a significant amount of weight before the procedure. These extreme weight loss techniques can both put stress on your body and negatively impact the look of your final liposuction results. 

Remember the details. 

There are many smaller details surrounding surgery that can be easy to forget. On your to-do list, be sure to include payment arrangements that will go through after your procedure. You should also refrain from shaving near the areas you plan to have treated. Try wearing loose clothing on the day of surgery so you are comfortable on your drive home. Finding a “surgery day helper” can make checking off these final items a bit easier and less stressful. 

With a bit of thought and planning, your surgery can go smoothly and allow you to enjoy your liposuction results as soon as possible. If you would like to learn more about liposuction in the Charlottesville and Richmond area, please request a consultation online or call (434) 924-1234 (Charlottesville) or (540) 932-5771 (Fishersville). 


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