What Are 3 Things to Avoid Before Liposuction?

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Things to avoid before Liposuction.

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Avoid Dermatlolgic Surgeons (isn't that term an oxymoron) that, incorrectly recommend avoiding general anesthesia for liposuction because it is less safe. There is no data to support that position and general anesthesia performed by a well trained board certified anethesiologist in appropriate patients is very safe, in fact safer than certain other types of sedation used in conjunction with tumescent anesthesia.

As an example, a heavily marketed and branded local liposuction mill has had two deaths in the past couple of years while performiing liposuction under supposedly less risky oral sedation and tumescent anesthesia. I submit that death is a very powerful indication of the risks of tumescent liposuction performed by those who are long on misreprsentation, and short on experience. 

So my list of things to avoid would read:

1. Avoid physicians who practice outside of their core training. Instead, look for plastic surgery being performed by real plastic surgeons, and who display the symbol of excellence as shown on this web page.

2. Avoid clinics whose marketing pitches are filled with unrealistic claims, and too-good-to-true promises of spectacular results with no pain, no down time, no bruising, no swelling, no stitches and doctors with no qualifications.

3. Avoid physicians who push the latest technology as the ultimate breakthrough for your particular situation. It is the skill and experience of the surgeon and not the type technology or anesthesia that are most important.

3 Things to Avoid When Considering Liposuction!

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1. Avoid a doc who still uses general anesthesia or laser liposuction although there are some that can still do a decent job but why take the risk.

2. Avoid meds or supplements that thin the blood such as aspirin, advil, aleve or vit e etc...for a week.. Let your doc know all your meds and past medical history.

3. Avoid cheap liposuctions.  Unfortunately, you get what you pay for.


David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Your Liposuction Surgical Experience (Preoperative Preparation and Recovery)

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Thank you for your question. Our goal is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable as possible.

If you are a smoker, it is recommended to stop smoking well in advance of surgery since smoking can impair the healing process. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued before undergoing liposuction surgery. We will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.

Liposuction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the next 24 hours. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel 
Double board certified
Plastic surgeon
Hoffman Estates

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 100 reviews


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One important item not mentioned for your preop checklist is that you have appropriate expectations. To get your best results you should avoid being overweight. Patients near their goal weight get a better outcome.

Things to avoid prior to liposuction

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Your doctor should review with you what you need to avoid before surgery as well as your restrictions postoperatively. Blood thinners that can increase bleeding a bruising should be avoided for around 10 - 14 days prior to surgery and these include both prescription and over the counter meds such as aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve. There are a variety of herbal and nutritional supplements that also should be avoided such as high dose Vit E. (A  complete list is too long to cover here.)


Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Liposuction preop

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I would say the best thins to avoid are medications that can cause blood thinnning like Aspirin and NSAID's.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

3 Things to Avoid Before Liposuction

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Before liposuction surgery it is important to avoid aspirin and aspirin products as well as Advil, Motrin, Aleve (all ibuprofen products), alcohol, Vitamin E and Omega Fish Oil (which can interfere with Lidocaine). These are all things that will thin the blood. Your surgeon, pre-operatively should give you a list of medications, supplements, to avoid. All medications you are taking should be disclosed to your surgeon prior to your surgery in order to avoid any unexpected problems.


David Amron, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Three Things to avoid before Liposuction

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1) aspirin. That causes bleeding. You know it can be given at the time of a heart attack for this purpose. Similarly, avoid all similar forms such as ibuprofen and many others. Tylenol or acetaminophen is okay for aches and pains.

2) medicines that may interfere with lidocaine, the fluid that is injected into the fatty areas. The list is long and may not be important for relatively small areas like your tummy or outer thighs. Make sure your physician has the full list of all of your daily medications.

3) falling for marketing ploys such as "Smartlipo," "Slimlipo" and the like. Realize that these terms and tools are mainly being used for advertising and offer no proven value. They may actually add more risk to the procedure.

Hopefully, you have chosen a dermatologic or plastic surgeon who will guide you through the treatment with your best interests in mind.

T. Wayne Day, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon

Preparation for Liposuction Surgery?

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Thank you for the question.

There will be a whole list of "dos and  don'ts” that will be provided to you by your plastic surgeon prior to your surgery ( usually on a preoperative visit). Any “list of 3” that I provide here will be a small subset of what you will be provided.

Best wishes.

Avoid this before liposuction

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I agree 100% with Dr. Stridde.  Do not be fooled by those not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (accept no substitue).  They often promote local anesthetic only liposuction because they operate under the radar of state or federal regulations of office surgery.   A woman in Washington State died of an overdose of local anesthetic about 2 years ago under these very circumstances.  Patient beware!

Lisa Lynn Sowder, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

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