Before your surgery
Specific to liposuction, you may be advised to lose some weight prior to liposuction, to give the best result to a particular area. Be sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting. Liposuction is usually performed under general anaesthesia. One day before the operation all necessary examinations will be performed in the clinic. You will also discuss the anaesthesia with your anaesthesiologist. You will need to stay in the clinic overnight and leave on the next day after the operation. If only a small amount of fat and a limited number of body sites are involved, liposuction can be performed under local anaesthesia, which numbs only the affected areas. However, if you prefer, the local is usually used along with intravenous sedation to keep you more relaxed during the procedure.

After your surgery
The long-acting effects of the anaesthetic solution help to provide pain relief after the procedure and decrease the need for additional pain medication. You will be required to wear a support garment for up to 6 weeks post-operatively. There is often heavy bruising and swelling to the areas treated and the results may take many weeks to be apparent. It is advisable to take 1-2 weeks off work, depending on the nature of your job. Light activity is usually resumed within the first few days after tumescent liposuction; normal activity can be resumed within a few weeks. Patients are usually able to see a noticeable difference almost immediately after surgery. However, more improvement can be seen after three weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling will disappear and the final contour will be visible. Patients are usually very pleased with the results of the procedure.