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Preparing for the Consultation

Once you have found a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon doctor you feel comfortable with, make an appointment for a personal consultation.

Have a list of questions you would like answered, and specifics about the procedure you would like addressed. Ask what realistic results you can expect; also ask about possible risks, and possible side effects to any drugs you may be given during surgery or after. Ask about medical costs and what insurance may or may not cover.

It is important to tell the doctor about all the medications you take, and any health complications you may have. Answer all questions as honestly and thoroughly as possible.

Some medications taken before liposuction surgery can increase bleeding. Aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, certain arthritis medications, and warfarin are common culprits. Vitamin E, red wine, and some herbal remedies can cause prolonged bleeding. Cigarette smoking can inhibit wound healing.

Be aware that some risk factors are involved, even though thousands of people each year undergo liposuction without serious mishap, and are thrilled with the results. Risk of bleeding, infection, prolonged skin numbness, skin discoloration, and contour irregularities do exist, however small.

Severe complications are very rare. These complications include: blood clots in the leg or lung, injury to internal organs, excessive blood loss, hypothermia, allergic drug reactions, aspiration pneumonia, cardiac arrest, permanent nerve damage, seizures, and more.

Before agreeing to a liposuction procedure, understand that the procedure won’t make an obese person thin. It should not be considered a substitute for overall weight loss. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite.

Liposuction can be performed on several areas of the body at the same time; it can be performed in conjunction with other aesthetic plastic surgeries. It is also an effective way to treat “gynecomastia,” a male breast enlargement condition that can occur among teen and adult males.

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