Liposuction

What is it?

  • a procedure that removes unwanted fat from areas on the body
    • chin, neck, abdomen, hips, thighs, back, upper arms
  • several techniques available
  • especially good for areas of fat that resist diet and exercise

Who should consider it?

  • you are at a weight you can comfortably maintain
  • those in good physical health

How do I know if I am a good candidate? Back to Top

  • you are in good health
    • be honest with Dr. Culbertson about medications, including over-the-counter, vitamins or supplements, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes
  • you have deposits of fat that will not go away with diet and exercise
  • you are psychologically stable
  • you have realistic expectations
    • you know that liposuction will improve your appearance and self-confidence
    • you do not expect it to transform your looks, your life, or how people treat you

How do I prepare for Liposuction? Back to Top

  • consult with Dr. Culbertson
    • have your complete medical history ready, she will need to review it
    • you and she will discuss your expectations and desires very carefully
      • discuss areas that you feel detract from your body contour
      • recommend approach that will address these areas
    • Dr. Culbertson will explain her technique, the type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery is done, and the risks and benefits of the surgery
  • instructions on eating, drinking, medications to avoid or that you must take
    • please follow these guidelines carefully, they are there to keep you safe
  • notify Dr. Culbertson if you develop any illness
  • make arrangements for someone to help you after surgery
    • you will have someone drive you home and need help for at least the first 24 hours
    • you may need help for a few more days, so arrange that in advance

What do I expect from Liposuction? Back to Top

  • the length of surgery is determined by the number of areas and amount of fat that is to be removed, type of anesthesia, and liposuction technique
  • there are several techniques of liposuction

What can I expect after Liposuction? Back to Top

  • fluid drainage from incisions
  • you will wear a fitted garment to decrease swelling and promote good body contour
  • regular follow-up visits with Dr. Culbertson
  • you will experience some degree of pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, and temporary numbness, you will have a prescription from Dr. Culbertson to treat discomfort
  • you may find you feel anxious and depressed, this will ease as you recover from your procedure

When will I feel like myself again? Back to Top

  • you will feel better after the first couple of days and be back to work in a few days
  • after a week or two, you will feel almost completely recovered
  • you will need to wear your fitted garment for several weeks after your surgery
  • it will be four to six weeks before you can work out strenuously
  • in the first few weeks, the bruising and most of the swelling go away
    • it may take longer for the less noticeable swelling to finish going down

How will I look? Back to Top

  • there will be a noticeable improvement soon after surgery
    • in four to six weeks it will be even more apparent
    • by a few months you will see the final result
  • you will be more at ease with the appearance of your body
    • you may find you are comfortable in a wider variety of clothing
  • if you had realistic expectations, you should be pleased with the result
  • to maintain your new shape, you will need to continue with eating a well-balanced diet and doing regular exercise
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