Liposuction also known as lipoplasty or liposculpture is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure performed today. The procedure removes unwanted fat from the body, contouring the body into a more aesthetically appealing shape. It can be used through the body from the chin and neck down to the thighs and calves. If you want to rid your body of excess fat resistant to diet and exercise, liposuction may be the answer for you.

Men and women alike seek liposuction to reshape the body. Women often choose to follow liposuction after building their family, as pregnancy and childbirth can result in excess fat that is difficult to shed. Many men and women also seek liposuction as they age and it becomes harder to lose weight. Below are some tips to help you prepare for liposuction.

Liposuction is not an alternative to diet and exercise. Patients who are more than 30 percent above their normal weight range will need to lose weight first. A physician-directed weight loss program is the most desirable and sustainable way to lose weight. Patients who are 30 percent or below their normal weight range can proceed to schedule surgery.

First, you will need to schedule a comprehensive consultation with a reputable cosmetic surgeon to discuss your medical history and goals for surgery. Candidly answer your surgeon's questions about all medications and supplements you are taking, any prior surgeries, your medical history, and lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption and smoking.

Smoking can increase the risk of complications from surgery and slow the healing process, and alcohol can thin the blood. So, your doctor will ask you to stop smoking and may ask you to avoid alcohol before undergoing liposuction . Similarly, some medications can hinder the results and recovery of your surgery and your doctor may ask you to stop taking some medications. Based on your medical history, your doctor may also ask you to take some medications to prepare for surgery. Your doctor will consider your case on an individual basis so be sure to use your evaluation time with your doctor to go over all of your details.

As the day of your surgery nears, you will want to plan for a friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up the day of surgery and stay with you the first night home after surgery.

After surgery, you will be required to wear a compression garment to aid healing. Make sure you have prepared ahead of time for clean, comfortable, loose-fitting clothing ready at home that you can wear over the compression bandage.

During your consultation and evaluation, ask your doctor for a written copy of any pre-surgery and post-operative instructions. Be sure to follow your doctor's advice and ask any questions if you are not clear what you need to do.