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Liposuction

Lipoplasty

Liposuction, sometimes referred to as "lipo" by patients, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body.

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How should I prepare for liposuction?

Liposuction surgery may be performed in an accredited outpatient facility, an ambulatory surgical center or a hospital.

Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Prior to liposuction surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking or vaping*
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

*Smoking decreases blood flow, which can impede wound healing and increase the risk of infection.



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