Liposuction is the procedure that we use to eliminate stubborn fat deposits localized in different areas of the body such as the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. When preparing for the pre-operative consultation for liposuction, there are a few essential questions that you need to have in mind: 1. Am I a good candidate for the procedure? Liposuction is not a weight loss method, so to get good results after the intervention your weight should be as close as possible to the ideal one. Performing the procedure on a patient that is overweight or obese can lead to complications and unsatisfactory results. 2. What am I not allowed to do before the procedure? Even if liposuction is commonly performed and it has few contraindications, the patient should prepare properly for the procedure to avoid unwanted complications. It is recommended to stop smoking for at least two weeks before the intervention. If you are taking medication that can lead to excessive bleeding such as aspirin, birth control pills or anticoagulant medication, it should be stopped for at least a week before liposuction. Avoiding sun exposure on the areas to be treated is also a good idea. If your liposuction will be performed under general anesthetic, don’t drink or eat anything for at least eight hours before the procedure. 3. What to expect during recovery The recovery period after liposuction is usually very short; not more than three or four days. However, this is highly dependent on the total amount of fat that was removed, the surface targeted with the procedure, and the number of areas of the body that were treated. The patient’s ability to recover also plays a role during this time. Swelling and bruising are common occurrences for the first weeks following the procedure. A certain level of pain and discomfort can also be encountered, but it is easily alleviated with pain medication.