If you are considering liposuction, it is essential to prepare yourself before the surgery so you will fully understand what goes into the process. There are a number of tips you should follow that your plastic surgeon will outline for you. It is advisable to follow these steps completely for the best outcome.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a form of plastic surgery that can vastly improve the shape of your body. It can help remove fat pockets from the abdomen, breasts, hips, thighs, buttocks, and arms. The end result is a more contoured, tightened, and youthful appearance.

Things You Should Do Before And After Liposuction

Ask Questions

If you have questions, ask. There is no better time to discuss questions and concerns with your surgeon than during your consultation appointment.  The plastic surgeon is there to help you understand everything from the procedure itself to the recovery period and results.

Find the Right Plastic Surgeon

It is always best to find the most qualified plastic surgeon you can, which is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Michael Bohley is a board-certified surgeon who has spent well over a decade transforming bodies. You can view reviews from real patients as well as patient before and after pics on our website.

Use Plastic Surgery Appropriately

Plastic surgery procedures are performed to help you reach certain aesthetic goals. In the case of liposuction, users utilize it to remove stubborn fat and reshape areas that are resistant to exercise. While you may lose some weight, that should not be the main goal. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, but a body contouring procedure, and ideal candidates will be at or very near their goal weight.

Maintain A Healthy Body

While liposuction can achieve very good results, there are still steps you should take after surgery to maintain results. This includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating well-balanced meals and exercising regularly.

Things You Should Not Do Before And After Liposuction

Don’t Expect Instant Results

In most cases, you will only see partial results after the procedure.  This is because there will be swelling and bruising directly after the procedure. This means you will have to wait several weeks and sometimes a few months before you can enjoy full results.

Do not Use Liposuction to Correct Obesity

Liposuction should not be used as a form of weight loss. If you are significantly overweight, you should use a sound nutrition plan along with exercise for best results. If you still have some fat pockets or loose skin after that, see a plastic surgeon to discuss treatment options.

No Heavy Lifting After Surgery

This should be avoided at all costs. Not only will this cause discomfort, it can detrimental to your overall healing. Go by your doctor’s post-procedure protocol and follow it to the letter for best results. They will let you know when it’s safe to take part in bending and lifting.

Schedule a Consultation

Are you interested in learning more about liposuction and if it is right for you? If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Bohley in Portland, OR, feel free to fill out our online contact form.