What should you expect during a consultation for liposuction?A detailed consultation process is a foundation for an effective and successful liposuction plastic surgery. The patient should engage closely with the surgeon during the consultation process, unhesitatingly ask questions, and discuss their concerns.

The surgeon will explain various aspects of liposuction to the patient as well as the potential risks involved and pre and post-op preparation guidelines.

Additionally, the consultation process offers the surgeon and the patient a chance to build a good rapport and develop a relationship based on transparency and trust. At the time of the pre-operative consultation, decisions regarding the type of anesthesia and choice of the surgical facility will also be made.

The surgeon will evaluate the treatment sites and understand the patient’s aesthetic goals and needs to determine their candidacy for liposuction surgery.

Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding communities.


Medical and Safety Aspects

The surgeon will assess aspects such as the patient’s body weight, age, and health during the consultation process.

They will also evaluate the patient’s previous health records to understand their risk profile for liposuction surgery. If the patient is a smoker, the surgeon will ask them to quit smoking for a specific duration before and after the surgery.

To save time, the patient can make a list of all prescription and non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements they are currently using. They can show this list to the surgeon during their consultation.

The surgeon will advise the patient to make any necessary changes to the medication schedule before the procedure in discussion with the prescribing doctor.


Reasonable Expectations

At the time of the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will want to comprehend the patient’s reasons for seeking liposuction and evaluate the specific areas that the patient is concerned about.

If the patient wants to lose weight, the surgeon will help them understand that liposuction is a body sculpting procedure and not weight loss surgery.

The surgeon may also show before and after pictures of previous liposuction patients to help the candidate develop reasonable expectations. They may also show the new patient testimonials of previous liposuction patients so that they can learn from the experience of other patients who have received liposuction surgery.

The surgeon will encourage the patient to ask questions, review pictures, and share their cosmetic goals and desires about their body shape.


Questions and Answers

It is important for patients to go for the pre-op liposuction consultation with an open mind. They should ask questions about the surgeon’s credentials and experience, the liposuction process, risks and complications, preparation and recovery stages, and estimated costs for the procedure.

A responsible surgeon will address all questions and concerns of the patient in a comprehensive and accurate manner.

A dedicated surgeon will develop a good rapport with the patient. They will motivate the patient to ask them any questions about their background, the liposuction plastic surgery procedure, or the practice.

The surgeon may also show the patient testimonials of previous patients for reassurance. The consultation may also include facets such as staff interaction, approximate liposuction costs, office tour, and information on insurance and financing.

Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for liposuction.

For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin please visit


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