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How to Get the Most From Your Liposuction Consultation: A Step-by-Step Guide

Deciding to enhance your body’s contours through liposuction can be both exciting and a bit daunting. A critical step before your procedure is your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon. This meeting is your opportunity to have an open discussion with your surgeon, set realistic expectations and ensure you feel comfortable and informed about the procedure. Being well-prepared can significantly impact the success and satisfaction of your outcome.

Let’s walk through how to prepare for your consultation, what to expect during, and what you should do afterward to get the most benefits and have the best liposuction experience possible.

Liposuction and Its Benefits

Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body, offering a more defined and contoured shape. Unlike weight loss surgery (bariatric surgery), which alters the digestive system to restrict food intake to achieve weight loss, liposuction physically removes the stubborn fat deposits that diet and exercise can’t seem to eliminate. The benefits of liposuction include more slender body contours and the permanent removal of fat cells from the treated areas, providing lasting results for those who maintain a stable weight.

Before Your Liposuction Consultation

Researching Your Surgeon

Selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Sharma is paramount for any plastic surgery procedure. Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery is a testament to the surgeon’s training, skills and commitment to patient safety and ethical standards. Research their credentials and experience, review patient testimonials and explore their liposuction before-and-after photos to understand their expertise and the results they can achieve.

Preparing Your Medical History

Compile a detailed medical history, including any previous surgeries, current medications and existing health conditions. This information is crucial for your surgeon to assess your suitability for liposuction and safely tailor the procedure to your needs.

Defining Your Goals

Clarifying your expectations and cosmetic goals is essential. Be honest and open with yourself about what you hope to achieve with liposuction. Be ready to discuss your cosmetic goals thoroughly with your surgeon, who will help you understand what liposuction can and cannot do for you. While this procedure is a powerful tool for body contouring, it’s vital to have realistic expectations about the results based on your body type and the surgeon’s expertise.

During Your Liposuction Consultation

Learning About the Procedure

Dr. Sharma will explain the liposuction process, discussing the various techniques available and how they’re performed. This conversation will help demystify the procedure and prepare you for what to expect.

Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

What liposuction technique do you recommend for me?

Understanding the rationale behind your surgeon’s recommended liposuction technique, whether it’s tumescent liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, VASER liposuction or any other approach, can help you feel more comfortable with the process.

Where will my incisions be placed?

This inquiry will help you understand the locations of the small incisions through which the liposuction cannula will be inserted to remove fat. Your surgeon strategically decides the placement of these incisions to effectively target the fat deposits while aiming to minimize visible scarring. Knowing the incision sites can also prepare you for recovery, including how to care for these areas post-surgery. Additionally, it allows you to discuss any concerns about potential scarring and learn about the techniques your surgeon uses to reduce its visibility.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Understanding the anesthesia used, its risks and its impact on your recovery is crucial for a well-informed decision. Some liposuction procedures can be done under local anesthesia with IV sedation, while others may require general anesthesia. In some cases, the choice is up to you, so make sure you’re fully aware of your options and what each entails.

Are my expected results realistic?

Setting realistic expectations is key to satisfaction with your liposuction results. Once you’ve thoroughly discussed your goals with Dr. Sharma, he’ll explain whether they’re feasible for your body type and individual circumstances and help you adjust your expectations, if needed.

What does the recovery process involve?

Insights into the recovery timeline and post-operative care are essential for planning your procedure and a safe, speedy healing process. This will help you know how much time to take off from work, what recovery items to purchase, whether you should arrange to have someone help around the house or with childcare, and all the other details involved with planning for your recovery.

Are there any risks or potential complications? How are they addressed?

Discussing potential side effects and complications helps you comprehend the risks involved with the surgery and how they’ll be dealt with should they occur.

Can I see before-and-after photos of your previous liposuction patients?

Viewing actual results helps gauge the surgeon’s skill and envision possible outcomes. They typically have more photos for viewing in-office than in their online gallery.

How much does the procedure cost? What other fees and related expenses can I expect?

A clear understanding of the total cost, including surgery, aftercare and any additional fees, is important for planning your investment.

After Your Liposuction Consultation

Reflecting on the Information Provided

Take your time to consider if liposuction and the surgeon’s approach align with your goals. This reflection is crucial for making an informed decision.

Financial Considerations

Knowing the costs associated with liposuction and exploring payment options or financing plans is an important step before proceeding.

Making Your Decision

Weighing the pros and cons is essential before committing to surgery. You should feel confident in your surgeon’s ability to meet your goals.

Scheduling and Preparing for Surgery

Once you decide to proceed, Dr. Sharma and his team will provide you with pre-operative instructions and schedule your surgery. This phase is about preparing yourself physically and mentally for the procedure and the recovery period.

Maximize Your Consultation at Plastic Surgery Austin

Preparing for your liposuction consultation is about doing your homework, asking the right questions and reflecting on the information provided. At Plastic Surgery Austin, led by Dr. Sharma, we are committed to guiding you through this process with transparency and care. We encourage you to take your time, gather all the necessary information, and reach out to us to discuss your needs and goals.

Call 512-838-3658 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today!


Contact our office to schedule a private consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Sanjay K. Sharma, M.D., F.A.C.S.