Liposuction is used to remove focused, small areas of fat deposits located in areas of the body that are resistant to standard diet and exercise measures. These stubborn fat deposits can be genetic, but if they are troublesome to you, liposuction might be the best solution. The best liposuction surgeon in Dallas, Dr. Stephanie Teotia, explains who is a good candidate for the procedure.
The ideal liposuction candidate:
- Is within 30 to 40 lbs of their ideal body weight
- Exercises regularly and eats well
- Has firm, elastic skin with minimal texture issues
- Is generally healthy, with no life-threatening illnesses or other medical conditions that might delay wound healing
- Does not suffer from body dysmorphia
- Has an upbeat, positive outlook
- Understands the expected healing process
- Doesn’t smoke
Your Liposuction Consultation
During your liposuction consultation, Dr. Stephanie Teotia will talk to you about:
- Any medical conditions you may have
- Any drug allergies
- Current medical treatments you are undergoing as well as your medical and surgical history
- Your surgical goals
- Whether or not you use tobacco products or drugs
Dr. Teotia will also:
- Take photographs of the areas you wish to improve
- Assess your health and consider any preexisting health conditions you may have
- Discuss your risk factors
- Outline your liposuction options
- Make a recommendation regarding a course of treatment
- Describe the expected outcomes of your liposuction procedure
- Explain any risks and potential complications you may experience
It’s common for patients to feel nervous and excited before scheduling medical procedures. It can be helpful to ask your liposuction surgeon questions during your consultation to ease any worries you may be facing. To help you prepare, Dr. Teotia has compiled a list of questions you may like to ask when you come in for your first appointment.
Questions to ask your surgeon:
- Where will my recovery room be after my surgery?
- Will I need to take antibiotics or pain medication after my surgery?
- Will I have stitches? Will they dissolve, or will I return to have them removed?
- What types of bandages or dressings will I have?
- Will I need a caregiver to help tend to my wounds in the days following surgery?
- When can I go back to work?
- When can I resume exercise?
- How many follow-up appointments will I need?
If you feel some anxiety in the days leading up to your procedure, take a moment to breathe deeply and try to experience your body’s messages as excitement.
Remember your goals; you will be able to enjoy your new contours for many years to come. Even though your body will naturally age to some degree in the coming years, the results of your liposuction should remain mostly stable provided you continue to care for yourself with proper diet and brisk exercise.
Before your liposuction surgery, we will likely ask you to:
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin, NSAIDS, and herbal supplements to avoid excess bleeding
- Get lab testing or a full physical exam from your general physician
- Begin taking medications or adjust the dosage of your current medications
Once you’ve scheduled your liposuction appointment, arrange for a trusted friend or relative to drive you to and from your procedure. Someone should also stay with you for a minimum of one night after your surgery. Dr. Teotia and her surgical team will have instructions for your caregiver to assist them in properly looking after you.
While you are recovering from your liposuction, you will need to wear a compression garment or bandages to control swelling and help hold your skin against your new shape. Because it’s important to prevent fluid from accumulation over the surgical site, you may have several small drains inserted into your surgical incisions to drain excess blood or fluid.
Instructions from your surgeon may include:
- Medications you may take to speed wound healing and help prevent infection
- How to care for the incisions, drains, and surgical area
- Things to look out for in the early days of healing
- When you will be returning for your follow up appointment
Because it will take time for your body to fully heal, it may take a few months for the swelling to completely resolve. Throughout the healing process, your new contours and shape will be revealed, leaving you with an improved sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.
Additional noteworthy information:
Dr. Teotia will not recommend that you have liposuction if good results are not likely. However, results are never guaranteed. Your carefully-selected surgeon will do everything she can to ensure a beautiful result.
The more carefully you follow your pre-surgery and aftercare instructions, the more successful your surgery is likely to be. Successful plastic surgery is the result a partnership between a healthy, positive, involved patient and a skilled, compassionate surgeon like Dr. Stephanie Teotia.