Important Liposuction Information for Patients

67093078-xsIf you want to slim and reshape specific areas of your body, you may have considered liposuction surgery. Consult our Melbourne-based plastic surgery office, and we will explain the liposuction surgery process, from preparation to recovery. With planning and forethought, you can make sure that liposuction is, indeed, the right procedure for you. In addition, you can know what to expect so that you can return to normal activities at a healthy pace, following the procedure.

Liposuction Basics

Liposuction will not replace a healthy diet and exercise routine. In fact, before and after the procedure, you should engage in healthy practices in your diet and fitness regimen. Liposuction can help you along your weight loss journey. The surgery involves removing localized fat deposits, most commonly from these areas:

  • Abdomen and waist
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Upper arms
  • Calves and ankles
  • Cheeks, chin, and/or neck
  • Inner knees
  • Chest area

During liposuction, fat is broken down and removed through a small incision. Fat breakdown can involve tumescent injections, ultrasonic sound waves, or a laser to make it easier to remove the fatty tissue. The method selected will impact recovery time, so the doctor will discuss this portion of your procedure during treatment planning.

A Positive Attitude Delivers Healing Power

Plastic surgery recovery can be easier if you have a positive, mental attitude.

We want you to understand exactly will occur. You know your body better than anyone, so take charge by asking questions. Don’t be afraid to ask twice if you don’t understand an answer.

Even after proper education, reflect upon your current mental attitude. Ask yourself why you want the surgery to see if you uncover any negative feelings or repressed emotions. If you feel depressed, now might not be the best time for the procedure, as melancholy often makes people less active and less likely to follow our doctor’s orders.

Finally, discuss your recovery expectations with the team. What do you want to see two weeks after liposuction? A month afterward? Those who expect immediate perfection may be disappointed and fail to follow through on post-operative advice. The amount of tissue removed impacts recovery time as well, so make sure to understand your specific case.

Stay Physically Fit

Once you understand the surgery and recovery process, consider your fitness level. Don’t wait until after liposuction surgery to start an exercise program, as physically-fit people tend to heal faster.

Cigarette smokers may experience negative side effects from almost any type of surgery, and liposuction is no different. Overweight patients may want to discuss other alternatives first. Also, please share any medical conditions you have, to avoid unexpected complications during surgery and recovery.

Day of the Surgery

Hopefully, you will wake after a long, peaceful night of sleep.

Pack your bags the night before, and arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up after the procedure. Also, ask to speak with the doctor about post-operative instructions, because you may be too groggy to recall the information later.

If we administer local anesthesia during your procedure, you may depart after a 30-minute window of observation. If general anesthesia is administered, we will keep you for observation until we determine your blood pressure stabilizes and you are ready to head home. Typically, patients remain with us for one to three hours of observation when general anesthesia is used during surgery.


Many patients return to desk jobs within two to three days, or once visible swelling subsides. Soreness will linger for a few days, so arm yourself with prescription or over-the-counter medication, and limit your movement.

If we’ve addressed multiple areas of the body during your liposuction surgery, recovery time may be a bit longer. In general, patients take anywhere from a few days to two weeks to recover from surgery.

Find Out More

To learn more about the recovery timeline for liposuction, schedule an appointment with Avenue Aesthetic Surgery.