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Preparing for Liposuction: What to Expect

27 Mar 2024

Liposuction Pre-Operative Introduction

Liposuction is a procedure focused on the removal of excess fat from designated areas, aiming to reshape these regions.

While many may be familiar with the benefits of liposuction, it is important to also recognise it as a significant decision and understand both what is involved in the various preparatory steps and what to expect when considering liposuction in Perth.

This blog aims to shed light on essential aspects such as pre-operative instructions, lifestyle adjustments, dietary considerations, understanding potential challenges, and medical prerequisites, drawing upon information and insights shared by Dr Murray.

Note: This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be seen as medical advice. Results can vary significantly between individuals, and all surgical procedures involve risks. It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional for advice specific to your personal situation.

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Liposuction Pre-Operative Preparations

Following Instructions Carefully

When considering liposuction surgery, it’s crucial to adhere to the guidance and instructions provided by your doctor and healthcare team.

Remember, while liposuction is generally considered low-risk, it’s essential to be informed of the potential risks and complications. This means diligently going through all provided materials, carefully reading all required documents, fully comprehending the consent forms, and viewing any advised pre-operative and post-operative videos.

It’s equally important to compile any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the entire process and its associated risks.

Lifestyle Considerations Prior to Liposuction

Balanced Diet and Exercise

When discussing the lead-up to liposuction, a common question arises: Is intense exercise and strict dieting necessary?

The answer is simpler than you might think, moderation is the key. Instead of advocating for significant lifestyle overhauls, a balanced routine that emphasises a moderate diet and consistent, gentle exercise can prove to be more effective.

It’s human nature to go all out temporarily, only to revert to more comfortable habits. For liposuction preparation, the goal is to avoid extremes. Excessive effort before the procedure, followed by a relaxation of habits, could lead to unintended weight gain, a scenario we aim to prevent.

A steady, manageable routine is important. Overly shrinking your fat cells through rigorous pre-op regimes can make them tough and fibrous, complicating the liposuction process. Conversely, maintaining them in a more natural state can assist in facilitating a smoother procedure.

Post-liposuction procedure, gradually adopting a more structured fitness and nutrition plan can aid and help sustain your results and contribute to long-term well-being.

Healthy Lifestyle Pre And Post Liposuction Surgery

Common Pitfalls to Avoid before Liposuction

It’s often observed that individuals may believe they can indulge in any dietary choice and forego exercise following liposuction, expecting sustained results regardless. This perception, however, does not align with the principles of maintaining wellness post-treatment.

Engaging in such habits can lead to weight gain, not necessarily in the treated areas but potentially in others, underscoring the importance of a balanced lifestyle. This can lead to the mistaken belief that fat has relocated, which is a misconception.

The reality is that any new fat accumulation is the result of an imbalance between calorie intake and physical activity, not a shift of fat from one body part to another.

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Measuring for your Surgical Garment

Included in the procedure pack is a digital garment order form for patients to complete, facilitating the arrangement of the applicable surgical garments which will then be prepared by Absolute Cosmetic, which will be ready for collection on the day of the procedure.

Liposuction patients are required to wear their compression garments continuously for the first three weeks following their procedure, with the exception of showering where they should follow liposculpture shower instructions. It is also mandatory to wear the garment during sleep for an additional three weeks.

Measure with Confidence

Keep these tips in mind when taking your measurements.

  • Tip 1: be sure the measuring tape is straight and level.
  • Tip 2: Measure around the widest point of the body part.
  • Tip 3: The tape should be snug, but not cause an indentation.
  • Tip 4: Always stand while measuring and do not wear clothes.

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Dietary Considerations

Importance of Protein before Liposuction

It’s beneficial for patients to consume a protein-rich diet to support healing post-surgery. Concerns are noted that individuals, especially those following a vegan lifestyle, may not ingest sufficient protein, which is vital for recovery. Ensuring adequate protein intake is crucial to prepare the body for surgery and to fuel the healing process thereafter.

Diet And Exercise Before Liposuction Surgery

The Impact of Smoking and Vaping

For the well-being and safety of our patients, it is mandatory to refrain from smoking and vaping—including exposure to second-hand smoke—for at least two weeks before and six to eight weeks following any surgical procedure.

Tobacco products and e-cigarettes are known to compromise the body’s natural healing capabilities. Nicotine, in particular, narrows blood vessels, limiting the essential flow of oxygen and nutrients crucial for recovery. Adhering strictly to our non-smoking policy is not just advised, it’s imperative; failure to do so markedly elevates the likelihood of post-surgical complications.

Recognising and understanding the gravity of these risks is a crucial part of preparing for a procedure.

Our comprehensive pre-operative evaluations, including cotinine blood and urine testing, are designed to support surgical outcomes and recovery for our patients.

Medical Considerations

Health Evaluations

In preparation for liposuction procedures, it is important for patients to be in good health. This involves ensuring that any existing medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, are well-managed. Being informed about one’s family medical history, especially regarding conditions like diabetes, enables tailored testing and preparation.

For individuals concerned about internal fat, cholesterol levels can be evaluated through blood tests, noting that the procedure might not target fat around the organs directly.

Additionally, considerations for overall well-being, such as adequate intake of essential nutrients including multivitamins and zinc, are part of the pre-procedural health check to support the body’s readiness for surgery and recovery.

Adhering to the comprehensive instructions from our team of doctors and registered nurses including dietary guidelines and appropriate levels of physical activity, is essential.

Our nursing team is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and guidance throughout this process and is readily available to address any enquiries or concerns.

Additionally, we provide 24/7 after-hours support facilitated by Dr. Murray.

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Thorough preparation for liposuction involves understanding and adhering to pre-operative instructions, maintaining a balanced lifestyle, and ensuring optimal health prior to the procedure.

Please note that this overview does not encompass all necessary pre-operative considerations; it is a selective summary of some key aspects of preparation and risk management.

For a comprehensive understanding and personalised medical advice, a consultation with a healthcare professional is imperative.


This content provided is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or be used as a basis for making medical decisions. All surgical procedures involve risks, and results may vary from person to person.

Individuals considering any medical procedure, including liposuction, are strongly encouraged to consult directly with a qualified healthcare professional to obtain advice and recommendations based on their unique health profile and medical history. Surgical procedures, such as liposuction, involve risks and the possibility of complications. The outcomes of such procedures can significantly vary among individuals due to numerous factors, including but not limited to, genetic predispositions, lifestyle choices, and adherence to post-procedure care guidelines.

For a comprehensive understanding of the potential risks and recovery details associated with any surgical procedure, it is essential to review the relevant treatment information provided by your healthcare provider. 

All surgical procedures referenced in this article have been conducted by Dr. Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978), registered medical practitioner, Perth.


Operating out of five clinics across Perth, ABSOLUTE COSMETIC is a testament to the dedication and experience of Medical Director Dr. Glenn Murray and Director of Nursing Stephanie Murray. With over 20 years of full-time experience in aesthetic medicine under their belt, a holistic approach to aesthetic care includes a range of treatments, including non-surgical options to surgical procedures performed in our Class B Day Hospital, licensed by the WA Department of Health.

We regularly visit Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, and Mandurah. If you are not located near one of our clinics, we can offer Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp consultations to help you start your journey with ABSOLUTE COSMETIC.

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Dr. Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978) Registered Medical Practitioner. General disclaimer: Patient outcomes can vary due to factors such as... genetics, diet, age, exercise, lifestyle, weight, and overall health. It’s essential to understand that all invasive surgeries come with inherent risks and require a recovery period and specific care regimen. Detailed information regarding surgical risks and complications is available here, but it is advisable to conduct thorough research and obtain a second opinion to ensure you are able to make an informed decision. Please note that the information provided is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice or establish a doctor-patient relationship. For real patient images, please visit our Before and After page. Please be advised that surgical outcomes vary, from patient to patient, and comprehensive research is crucial before making any decisions. This website contains imagery which is only suitable for audiences 18+.

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