On the day of your liposuction procedure, you are expected to be on at least 8 hours fasting. This will prevent respiratory aspiration of stomach contents when you are put to sleep. Anesthesia is either sedation (via vein) or general (throat tube). Sometimes our anesthesiologist/s may opt for spinal or epidural anesthesia (spine injection) for liposuction below the chest such as tummy or lower limbs. Local anesthesia liposuction (direct injection of anesthesia into the problem area) is possible when only one area is considered for treatment.
Before proceeding to the operating room, our surgeon will have a final check on you to do the following:
- Confirmation of the areas to be treated with liposuction
- Photo taking for documentation
- Markings or drawing over the problem areas
The nurse will guide you to the locker room and ask you to take off your street clothes and change into a patient’s operating gown with head cap.
In the pre-operative room, your vital signs/height/weight will be measured and recorded. The anesthesiologist will review your fasting time, medical history and examine your chest and heart. Then you are asked to sign the written consent form.
Finally you will be brought inside the operating room. An intravenous line will be inserted and later put you to sleep. Your body area/s to be treated will be prepped with antiseptic to ensure sterility. Sterile drapes will cover the remaining non-sterile areas.
Enumerated next are the steps taken by the surgeon to do your liposuction surgery:
- 1-3 small stab incisions around the area to be treated
- Insertion of the fluid infiltrator into the fat layer via the stab incision
- Infusion of tumescent fluid
- 20 to 30 minutes waiting time to allow softening of the fat tissues and constriction of blood vessels
- Suctioning using a power-assisted liposuction (PAL) device inserted into the fat layer
- Closure of the small stab incision/s with fine stitches
- Application of antiseptic
- Compression bandages applied around the body parts treated
The anesthesia tube will be removed once you are arousable from the deep sleep. You will then be transported to our post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) for a few hours of monitoring until fully awaked and recovered.
For 1-2 areas treated, you will be sent home with after surgery instructions and prescription medications consisting of oral antibiotics and analgesics (pain relievers) for 1 week.
For multiple areas liposuction, you will be confined in our executive recovery suite overnight (monitored by a special nurse) and discharged the next day after being seen by our surgeon. Your first follow-up check up may be after 3 or 7 days depending on the assessment of the doctor surgeon. Stitches will be removed after 1 week from surgery.
RECOVERY PERIOD (DOWNTIME)
3-7 days for 1-2 areas liposuction
1-2 weeks for multiple areas (3 or more areas) or for whole body liposuction