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How to prepare for your Liposuction procedure


Are you thinking of undergoing a liposuction procedure? One of the best things about liposuction is that it can target nearly any part of the body, including the thighs, waist, upper arms, and neck. This treatment effectively reshapes and recontours the body in line with your aesthetic goals.

You need to prepare well for the liposuction surgery if you wish to have the procedure’s optimal results. Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery in Knoxville offers some steps you can take to ensure a successful procedure and recovery. 


1. Make sure you have lost all the weight you can

Patients of liposuction need to be at a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) before undergoing the procedure. Although liposuction is a procedure that removes stubborn and excess fat, it is still necessary to remove weight beforehand. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, and it does not prevent future weight gain. This means you should be maintaining your weight at or near the level you consider ideal before you go in for liposuction.


2. Tell your surgeon about the medications and supplements you are taking

Certain medications and/or herbal supplements may react negatively to the anesthesia or other pain medications you are given during and after your procedure. Taking blood thinners like aspirin before surgery can raise the risks of bleeding during liposuction. Tell your surgeon about all of the medications and supplements you are taking, and be prepared to modify or stop taking some or all of them, if needed for a short period of time.


3. Follow a healthy diet

A healthy diet is important for everyone, but it becomes more vital when you’re getting ready for liposuction. Your pre-liposuction diet should increase your skin elasticity and boost your health for a better healing process. It’s advisable to target foods high in antioxidants and water for your pre-liposuction diet.


4. Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure

Smoking is one of the primary reasons for liposuction surgery complications. It reduces the oxygen flow through your body, which means that your cells cannot rebuild themselves quickly. By quitting smoking several weeks in advance, your body will begin to increase the oxygen flow to all of your cells for a faster recovery window.


5. Schedule time off and arrange for someone to take you home

You will need to rest for a while after the surgery. Therefore, it is essential to schedule time off prior to the procedure. It is essential to have someone drive you home and look after you for a few days. Liposuction is not a surgery that will keep you in bed for weeks on end, but you may have some soreness and swelling, which will require attention and care.


Dr. David Lo at Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery in Knoxville offers liposuction for appropriate candidates. If you want to learn more about this procedure and how to prepare for it, SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION with Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David Lo, at Premier Surgical Plastic Surgery Office in Knoxville! Call (865) 306-5680 or book online at