360˚ Liposculpture
Liposculpture pre- and post-procedure information

Liposculpture is the most effective treatment available today to get rid of stubborn fat pockets in your abdomen, flanks, back, arms, and thighs.  Please be aware that liposuction shapes and sculpts your body shape but is not meant to replace a healthy lifestyle which can cause weight loss and healthy body weight maintenance.

The following characterizes an ideal candidate for liposculpture:

  • Good health without medical conditions that could impede healing

  • Non-smoker

  • Within 25% of ideal weight, with good muscle tone and firm, elastic skin

  • Realistic expectations

  • Very little loose or sagging skin

  • Not in need of excessive weight loss; has completed a weight loss program prior to seeking liposculpture.


Pre-procedure Consultation

Your pre-procedure consultation allows Dr. Cutler to assess your medical health and your liposculpture goals. During your consultation Dr. Cutler and his nurse will take photographs of your problem areas, describe what you can expect from liposculpture, discuss other options to meet your goal, learn more details of the liposculpture procedure experience, and establish your procedure fee. Consider writing your questions down prior to your visit so you don’t forget them. Prior to completing your visit you may be ready to proceed with informed consent, lab and medication orders, and payment.


First and foremost, you want to ensure you meticulously follow any instructions given to you by Cutler and his staff. This will reduce any potential risks for side effects.

For example, you’ll be asked to stop taking certain medications, such as those that will prolong bleeding, about 10 days prior to the procedure. These will be discussed in detail at your pre-procedure visit.


Below are some further ways to prepare for liposculpture:

  • If you smoke, stop smoking two weeks before and for one month after. Nicotine dramatically decreases the vital oxygen-rich blood supply needed for healing. You will not be allowed to have fat transfer if you smoke.

  • Prepare your home with a comfortable sleeping area, a fridge stocked with foods that are easy to prepare and easy on your stomach, and pain medications within reach of your recovery area.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothes to your procedure

  • Prepare for transportation to and from your procedure, and for someone to stay with you for at your first post-procedure night.

Procedure methods

Dr. Cutler will perform liposculpture using oral sedation and local tumescent anesthesia.

The sedation will be mild, and you can expect to be resting comfortably while awake during the procedure.  The tumescent technique for anesthesia is performed by infusing the mixture of lidocaine, epinephrine, and bicarbonate in saline solution through very few small (2 mm) skin openings to the treatment sites. The amount of fat that is removed widely varies from patient-to-patient and is based on your individual goals and body shape.


Post-Operative Care

You can expect to go home after your procedure wearing a compression garment and carrying all the supplies needed. Expect to have bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks afterwards.

Be aware of the following post-procedure care items:

  • Expect to wear a compression garment on the treated area for 8-12 weeks. This will be vital for fluid drainage, proper healing, and pain control. Realize that your skin will need to adhere back to your body shape desired without fluid pockets forming where fat was removed. Please be faithful in wearing these garments. 

  • Most patients can return to work within a week. However, allow Dr. Cutler to advise you on your recovery timeline. Full recovery and a return to exercise or strenuous activity may take additional time.

  • Plan for lymphatic massage of our treatment areas at least twice a week for the first four weeks. This can be done by an experienced massage therapist. Also, you should learn the simple technique of lymphatic massage to do on yourself daily in the treatment areas you can reach. Do this at least once daily using a dry brush. It is a light touch sweeping motion towards the deep body lymphatic return centers, as demonstrated here: https://youtu.be/1YnVb9Ie-r0.

  • This will heal you faster and help resolve swelling. It can also help you to regain sensation faster if you’ve temporarily lost sensation in treatment areas.

  • You must wait until you are off opioid pain reliever medication to drive; this is typically 3-5 days post-surgery.

Before and after pics