There are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself for liposuction surgery to give yourself the best chance of the no complications, a good results and a speedy recovery.
Close measurements: Make sure your surgeon examines your problem areas closely and takes lots of measurements. Your surgeon should be making notes on your skin tone/quality, any assymetries in your body and fat deposits, and any stretch marks or loose skin that you have. These measurements will guide the surgeon during the surgery and give you the best results possible.
Ask your surgeon to use smaller rods: Ask your surgeon to use the smallest rods possible – 3-4mm if possible. This reduces the risk of the fat deposits looking dimpled and uneven after surgery. Larger rods will make for faster surgery however smaller rods will usually give you a better result. Smaller rods will also reduce the risk of fat embolisms.
Reduce the risk of blood clots: Ask your surgeon to give you compression stockings to wear during the surgery if your procedure is going to last over 2 hours. These stocking squeeze your legs and are proven to help reduce the risk of blood clots.
Bruising: You surgeon should inject you with tumescent fluid before your surgery. This fluid constricts the blood vessels and helps to reduce bruising.
Pain management: If possible, ask your surgeon to give you a muscle relaxant both pre- and post- surgery. This helps with the pain.
Helping to smooth the fat: Consider having endermologie sessions after your liposuction surgery. Endermologie is a non-invasive technique where a gentle suction is applied to the area. It helps to smooth out the fat deposits under the skin, lessening the risk of dimpling and uneven fat deposits.
Help reduce swelling: Consider lymphatic drainage massage to relieve swelling.
Help reduce scarring: Use plenty of moisturiser on the skin to aid good skin tone. User scar-minimizing creams such as Mederma and help incisions to heal by using petroleum jelly. Benadryl and oatmeal soap should help to reduce post-op itching.