It's important to understand what to expect for your recovery after liposuction. Through an in-depth consultation process, Dr. Arthur Cambeiro and his staff will make sure you understand what you can expect and how to prepare. Keep in mind that if you are having another plastic surgery procedure along with liposuction, there will be additional factors to consider during recovery.

If you're in Las Vegas or plan to visit Nevada soon and would like to learn more about solutions for removing stubborn fat, please contact the offices of Arthur M. Cambeiro, M.D. Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at 702-566-8300 to schedule your consultation with our Board-certified plastic surgeon.

Here is general information about the liposuction procedure and subsequent recovery.

What Will Happen During My Liposuction Consultation?

Dr. Cambeiro offers in-depth consultations for women and men considering liposuction in the Las Vegas area. He strives to help patients find out whether liposuction is an appropriate procedure for their goals and develop realistic expectations for their results.

Will There Be Another Visit with Dr. Cambeiro before My Procedure?

  • Yes. You will meet with Dr. Cambeiro about 2 weeks prior to surgery, at which time he'll answer any remaining questions you may have regarding the liposuction operation. This visit will include the following:
  • Dr. Cambeiro will perform a general physical examination to ensure you are not experiencing any new underlying medical problems that may interfere with the safety of the surgery. Be sure to inform Dr. Cambeiro if you come down with an infection between this visit and your operative date.
  • You will receive specific instructions on how to prepare for liposuction. The instructions will include guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain substances and medications.
  • We will take preoperative digital photographs so you can see the improvement after liposuction. You will be asked to sign a photographic consent prior to having any photographs taken. Pictures are usually taken 3 months after your procedure.
  • You will be given prescriptions for postoperative antibiotics to decrease your risk of infection and medication for postoperative pain relief.

At this second office visit, we will take care of various business details for your surgery. Expect to:

  • Review scheduling details about your procedure including the date, time, and location of your surgery.
  • Pay the surgical fee that was determined at the time of your initial consultation. Scheduling liposuction surgery involves payment of a non-refundable deposit, as there are costs involved with preparing for the operation and for holding operating room time.
  • Sign a consent form for the surgical procedure and for board-certified anesthesiologist services.

Do I Have Only One Choice for Liposuction Treatment?

No. Many women and men visit Dr. Cambeiro for liposuction, which he performs using one or a combination of the following techniques:

  • Tumescent liposuction infuses targeted areas with a high volume of tumescent solution to control pain, inhibit bleeding, and make the fat tissue firmer for easier removal.
  • Super-wet technique is a variation of the tumescent technique that uses less fluid and usually requires less time to perform.
  • Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) liquefies fat cells with ultrasound energy to make fat removal and recovery easier. This technique is especially effective for dense, fibrous areas such as male breasts and the upper back and delicate areas such as the chin and inner thighs.
  • Smartlipo TriPlex™ laser-assisted lipoplasty uses laser technology to liquefy fat cells for easier removal and to encourage collagen formation for tighter skin.

How Should I Prepare for My Liposuction Treatment?

If you choose to move forward with Liposuction, we will explain how you will need to prepare, including:

  • If you smoke, you will need to quit 4 weeks before your surgery and avoid smoking for at least 4 weeks after. Smoking decreases blood circulation to the skin and impedes healing.
  • At least 2 weeks prior to your surgery, you will need to refrain from taking any medications or other substances that could cause surgical complications such as aspirin, NSAIDs, and vitamin E. These medications interfere with the blood clotting mechanism and can cause bleeding complications.
  • Patients with high blood pressure must have it well controlled prior to liposuction surgery and should plan to take their blood pressure medication right up to the time of their operations.
  • Arrange for an adult to drive you home after your surgery. You cannot operate motor vehicles after surgery, and because you will have been recently sedated, we will not place you in a taxi for transport home. We can arrange for medical transport in the event you cannot find an escort. It is mandatory to have someone stay with you for at least 24 hours after iposuction surgery for your comfort and safety.
  • Plan on not eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before liposuction.

On the day of surgery:

  • Wear loose fitting clothing that will wash easily in the event it is soiled.
  • Leave all jewelry, contact lenses, or other valuables at home.
  • Remove all body jewelry from pierced body parts.

How Is Liposuction Performed?

Dr. Cambeiro performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure assisted by a board-certified anesthesiologist. The surgery takes about 2 to 5 hours, depending on the amount of correction required and whether it is combined with other procedures.

Dr. Cambeiro performs liposuction using a combination of local and general anesthesia. When removing small amounts of fat, he uses local anesthesia with sedation. Once anesthesia is administered, the fat is infused with a very diluted local anesthetic to distend the fat cells, which makes it easier to extract them and improves Dr. Cambeiro's ability to contour the areas more smoothly. Through a tiny incision, he inserts a narrow tube, or cannula, through which he vacuums the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe.

If you are having multiple sites treated, Dr. Cambeiro then moves on to the next area, working to keep the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. At the conclusion of this procedure, an elastic compression garment is placed over treated areas to control swelling and to reduce the risk of fluid buildup beneath the skin. You are monitored for 1 to 2 hours in the recovery room and then discharged into the company of an adult escort.

What Can I Expect from My Liposuction Recovery?

It's important to understand what to expect for your recovery after liposuction, and Dr. Cambeiro will review the recovery process in detail during your consultation. He and his staff will make sure you understand what you can expect and how to prepare.

Arrange to have an adult drive you home and stay with you for a few days after your liposuction procedure. If you live out of the area, plan to stay locally for a couple of days.

You will return home with treated areas wrapped in compression garments to help control swelling and assist in contouring the skin back down to the underlying muscle. You need to wear your compression garment for approximately a month as directed by Dr. Cambeiro.

You will need to take antibiotics for the first 5 days after surgery to lower the risk of infection. Prescription medication will help with the pain, but a feeling of soreness might persist for several days or several weeks.

During the first 24 hours, your assigned caretaker will assist you in getting up to the bathroom, taking medications, eating, and drinking. During the first 12 to 24 hours you will follow a liquid diet and advance yourself to solids as tolerated.

Because the fat in treated areas is saturated with fluid during surgery, you will likely have some fluid drainage from your incisions. The amount of drainage can be dramatic if large areas are treated, so plan ahead to protect clothing, car seats, and mattresses. The drainage typically subsides within 48 hours.

You will be seen in our Henderson or Las Vegas office 1 to 2 days after you leave the hospital. The initial dressings will be removed and all incisions checked. You will then be able to shower.

It's important to be patient after your surgery. It may take you at least 6 weeks to begin feeling normal again. The skin in treated areas may feel numb and very hard to the touch initially, but it will soften with time. You might feel depressed or anxious initially; however, these feelings will subside as pain fades away and swelling subsides to reveal your improved contours.

If you're in Las Vegas or plan to visit Nevada soon and would like to make use of our Fly-In program to complete a liposuction treatment, please contact the offices of Arthur M. Cambeiro, M.D. Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery at 702-566-8300 to schedule your consultation with our Board-certified plastic surgeon.