Preparing for Liposuction Surgery

Before undergoing liposuction, you want to make sure that you properly prepare for your surgery so that you can anticipate the best outcome and heal and recover as quickly and effectively as possible. Working one on one with your doctor and following his or her advice and recommendations for preparation is important and you'll want to seek their advice for you as an individual first and foremost. If you’re interested in learning how to prepare for liposuction surgery these tips will give you a good idea of where to start:

Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the main contributors to complications during liposuction surgery. Smoking deprives your body's tissues of the oxygen needed to heal effectively, so those who don't quit smoking while preparing for their surgery are at a greater risk for scarring and tissue death. Of course it's best to quit smoking altogether, but patients should stop smoking as far in advance as possible before their procedure and refrain from taking it up again until they are fully healed.

Medication Adjustment

Many over-the-counter, prescription medications and even supplements can cause possible complications during liposuction so it's very important to be open and upfront with your doctor before you schedule a your surgery to avoid the risks associated with these medications during your procedure. Any medications that cause blood clotting or inhibit blood clotting or that might interfere with the administration of anesthesia can be particularly dangerous so make sure your doctor knows what you're taking, the dosage, and how often you are taking medication.


While getting ready for surgery there are some supplies that you will want to obtain so that you have less to worry about after your surgery. Your doctor can provide you with a full list of what you might need, but some of the basics might include:

  • Thermometer
  • Tylenol for discomfort
  • Gauze
  • Absorbent pads
  • Scar reduction creams
  • Compression Garment(s)

Before your surgery your doctor might also advise you regarding what kind of clothing you should wear to your liposuction appointment (easy to put on or remove), what kind of antibacterial soap to use while preparing for your surgery, and more. You must have a friend or family member drive you to your appointment and take you home after your procedure. It is a good idea to have someone with you at home to help you get situated comfortably once you're at home. Again, while preparing for your surgery you should make sure that you have all the necessary recovery supplies so that you won’t have to worry about obtaining them after.

For more information on how to prepare for liposuction surgery, feel free to contact us at 314-260-7660.