Liposuction Prior To Surgery


Cost: $4,500-$8,500
Recovery: 1-2 weeks
Anesthesia: General

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Prior to Liposuction Surgery


  1. Avoid sunbathing for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  2. Quit smoking at least 2 weeks prior to surgery as nicotine can impair and delay healing.
  3. Stop all aspirin containing products, medications that contain blood thinners (Motrin, Advil etc.) vitamin E and herbal supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery. You can take 1 multivitamin a day.
  4. Let the doctor know if you develop an illness, cold, or any skin infection in the liposuction area within a week of surgery.


  1. Medications
  2. Garment. You may either buy it from ContourMD, Macy's or Target and buy a body shaping garment for the body part being liposuctioned. The garment should be snug fitting. Don't buy it too tight because after surgery you'll be swollen.
  3. ScarLess®. ScarLess® is a prescription strength cream with vitamin E, silicone and Hydrocortisone to help minimize redness and elevation of the scars. You can purchase ScarLess® at our office.
  4. Gauze. Make sure to have a box of 4x4 gauze. You can purchase at any drug store.


  1. Arnica - - may decrease bruising, or help it to go away faster. People with high blood pressure should not take Arnica.


  1. You may shower and shampoo your hair the night before or morning of your surgery.
  2. Don't eat for 8 hours and don't drink for 6 hours before surgery (general anesthesia).
  3. You may brush and rinse your teeth, but do not eat or drink anything.
  4. No moisturizer or body lotions.
  5. Do not bring any jewelry or valuables with you on the day of surgery.
  6. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Wear flat, comfortable shoes. Remove contact lenses and dentures before surgery.
  7. Someone must drive you home and stay with you the first night (general anesthesia).