What to Buy Before Your Liposuction Procedure

*Treatment results may vary

From compression garments to bandages, here's everything you should get before your liposuction procedure.

You've made the decision to get liposuction. Now what? Once your surgery date is scheduled, there's still quite a bit to do in order to prepare. Here's a list of supplies,* approved by those who have had the procedure themselves, to help you have the best experience possible. If we've left something out, let us know in the comments section below. 

To-Do Before Lipo:

  Get a regular physical to make sure you're healthy.
  Get your pain meds in order. Usually they're only needed for the first week, then you can switch to Tylenol.
  Ensure compression garments are the right fit.
  Get some books and videos to keep yourself entertained (recovery can be long).
  Schedule lymphatic massages for after the surgery (if your surgeon doesn't provide them).
  Clean the house and go grocery shopping before the surgery.
  Meal preparation is key, as you won't feel like cooking after surgery. Make large batches of soup and any other type of meal that can be made in bulk, then freeze single servings. Have on hand: protein bars, Jello, real fruit popsicles, pre-cut veggies and dips.
  Prepare the nest: clear clutter (even out of heavy purses and bags!), organize your recovery clothing, move a table or nightstand closer to your bed, position everything in easy reach in the bedroom and kitchen.

Related: What Are 3 Things to Avoid Before Liposuction?


  Plastic gloves
  Alcohol swabs
  Antibacterial soap
  Ear plugs and sleeping mask
  Compression Garments (RealSelfers recommend buying two!)
  Ice packs
  Blow up ring to put on the toilet to help you sit/make it less painful
  Loose, baggy clothing that is easy to get on and off
  Extra pillows
  Extra towels or old bed sheets to put down in the car,sofa or bed for leakage
  Protein shakes/meal replacements (you might not be able to eat for the first few days)
  Arnica cream/gel for bruising
  Lipo foam
  Gauze/tape for incision sites
  Compression socks
  Body wipes
  Stool softner
  Entertainment to keep you from getting bored during recovery!
  Vitamin C


  An ice pack with straps so you can walk around
  Shower chair
  Flex straws make drinking in awkward positions easier
  Razors with built-in shave bars
  Disposable cups, plates, utensils (nobody feels like doing dishes after surgery)

See also: Liposuction Guide: Top Questions & Answers

*A special thanks to Transforme, Songbirdmgmt, and TeamLipo785 for helping us put together this list.

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