Liposuction Consultation and Actual Procedure Interval?

How long does it take after the consultation does Liposuction take place?

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Interval between Liposuction Consultation and Actual Procedure

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The interval between the consultation and surgery varies based on a number of factors including the surgeon's surgical schedule, the surgeon's access to surgical facilities, the availability of anesthesia, the patient's current health and history, the patient's use of medications such as aspirin, and the length of time that a patient needs to be medically cleared for surgery (if it is required for the surgery).  

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Depends on several factors

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Some patients book procedures within a few weeks after a consultation, depending on the physician’s and their schedules. Some patients need more preoperative testing and sometimes medications and blood thinners need to be stopped along with consultation between the surgeon and your doctors.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Interval between liposuction consultation and actual surgery varies

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From the time you come in for a liposuction consultation until the actual procedure varies depending on several factors such as if lab results done, Op Room or doc availability, and even getting your finances together. It usually takes 3 days to get your lab results.

For many patients, it is hard to get the time and courage up just to get a consultation so when you finally get all excited about doing the procedure, the last thing you want is to have to wait weeks to do it. I operate every day M-F to help keep up with the demand and help patient's get it done when they want it.

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

Liposuction consultation

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In Manhattan, we insist that a patient wait at least 3 weeks after the consultation before having liposuction.  This gives the patient time to think and make an informed decision.

Two months is our most typical interval.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Timing of surgery after consultation

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The consultation process is the most important part of your decision making process. Before you consider scheduling surgery you have to first understand the procedure - benefits, trade-offs, risks involved, recovery involved, expected outcome, costs involved. Also, your surgeon has to do a full evaluation to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure and will benefit from having the surgery. As well, you have to build a rapport and trust with your surgeon. Typically you have to see your surgeon about 2-3 times before the surgery to be comfortable with them and for them to get to know you and be able to address and answer all your questions and concerns. Therefore, the timing of scheduling surgery from your initial consultation will vary greatly. It could be a week to months depending on your specific situation as well as simply scheduling availability that matches your availability.

Bahram Ghaderi, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon

Interval from consultation to surgery for liposuction

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The interval between consultation and surgery can vary due to a number of factors. Your detailed and individualized consultation will address whether or not you are a good candidate for liposuction (or any surgical procedure). If improvement in physical fitness, or optimization of physical health is recommended, this may prolong the interval before surgery. The availability of the surgeon and operating room may also influence the interval. Surgeons who have their own outpatient, accredited surgical facility may have more flexibility accommodating patient requests. Ultimately, take your time with your decision, liposuction is a powerful contouring procedure with very predictable and long term results.

John Renucci, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

That depends on the surgeons schedule and yours.

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 We do patients within a few days if they have sent all the required data. That way they don't need a month interval since it was pre scheduled.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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