The Do’s and Don’ts of Liposuction

The most satisfied liposuction surgery patients are those who are thoroughly informed before undergoing surgery. To help you achieve the best, longest-lasting results, Dr. Pugash of Vancouver Cosmetic Surgery offers this list of do’s and don’ts you need to know before your surgery.




  • Do your research. Research the procedure as well as your potential surgeon and their surgical technique. Be sure to choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has extensive experience performing liposuction surgery. Make a list of questions to ask your plastic surgeon during your pre-operative consultation.
  • Do maintain a healthy weight before and after surgery. Ideal candidates for liposuction are within 30 percent (approximately 9 kilograms) of their ideal weight, have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. For the best results, your weight should be stable before and after surgery; weight fluctuations can alter your liposuction results. If you are planning on losing or gaining a large amount of weight (such as through pregnancy), you should not undergo liposuction at the moment.
  • Do follow all pre-op and post-op instructions. To ensure a safe recovery and long lasting results, Dr. Pugash will give you several instructions to follow before and after surgery. For example, you will be asked to avoid your daily routine activities, such as work or school, for the first few days after surgery. You will also need to wear a liposuction compression garment for about a month following surgery. Not following directions can lead to complications or alter your liposuction results.
  • Do have realistic expectations. While liposuction can improve your figure, there are certain limits to the procedure. After surgery, you will have to maintain your weight through healthy eating and exercise to keep your post-surgery figure. Liposuction does not improve cellulite. Be sure to discuss all of your expectations with Dr. Pugash before your surgery.


  • Don’t smoke or use drugs. Smoking and drugs can increase the risk of complications during surgery. If you do smoke or take drugs, Dr. Pugash will ask you to stop before your liposuction surgery. During your pre-surgery consultation, disclose your entire medical history to Dr. Pugash, including any prescription medicines you are currently taking.
  • Don’t expect liposuction to be a weight loss tool. Liposuction is meant to eliminate small, stubborn fat deposits that are hard to get rid of through exercise and healthy eating. While ideal liposuction candidates should be near their ideal weight, Dr. Pugash will occasionally perform liposuction procedures on heavier patients. However, Dr. Pugash makes sure to stress that liposuction results may be limited in these patients because of the reduced elasticity of the skin and additional fat involved.
  • Don’t skip on recovery time. It may be tempting to return to your daily routine and enjoy your slimmer figure right away, but it’s important to give your body enough time to recover from swelling and bruising. Most liposuction patients can return to routine daily activities within two to three weeks after surgery.
  • Don’t expect the final results to be immediately visible. Although you will see changes on your body right after surgery, the final results won’t appear until the skin has finished shrinking, which usually takes six to 12 months following surgery.

Contact Dr. Eric Pugash

Are you thinking about underdoing liposuction surgery? Vancouver plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Pugash specializes in body contouring procedures, and can help you achieve the toned, slim figure you desire. Schedule a one-on-one consultation today by calling (604) 522-5199.