Dr consult experience: I visited 3 separate doctors (all at no charge) and I am so glad bc I ended up going with the last surgeon who ONLY does liposuction. The first two doctors were very nice but gave widely varying opinions hence the third consult. Make sure and research questions to ask. My main concern was risk for worsening cellulite, loose skin and if I could get a natural but noticeable difference. All 3 doctors advised against doing lipo on the back of the legs bc it can disrupt the fat pillar that holds up the butt. That was a slight bummer bc I have a little banana roll that I wanted sucked out. Hopefully I can tone it up with weight training.
Surgery prep: there are various prep requirements but my doctor was mostly concerned with no OTC meds that thinned the blood, no alcohol and no ibuprofen for a minimum of 10 days. I had IV sedation for the procedure so I had to fast for 9 hours. Very easy. Oh, and usually there are a few prescriptions that you will need to fill one day before your surgery. Also, buy absorbent pads for your bed. I got doggie pee pads in extra large which worked great. I also got a waterproof mattress pad but I don't think it was necessary.
Surgery day: missed my coffee the most which gave me a small headache but tolerable. They told me to wear dark clothing that was loose fitting with flat shoes. I'm glad I followed their instructions bc the fluid they pump into you for the procedure seeps out from the incisions and its cranberry colored. I woke up from the sedation really easily (no nausea and moderately awake). I opted for the "surgical grade" Arnica to help with swelling and bruising. I'll update later on whether it seemed to make a difference. Not a big investment as it was only $40. I took only 2 Tylenol and that controlled any discomfort.
I will update after my shower and removal of my compression garment.