Useful instructions for our patients - liposuction of legs

Although this operation is preformed regularly in our clinic, the professionalism of our surgical team headed by Dr Toncic, makes us pay special attention to the preoperative preparation of our patient.


  • Prior to the liposuction, the patient goes through a routine preoperative analysis, which comprises the internal specialist examination with ECG and a blood test analysis.
  • We have a special arrangement with our foreign patients. Prior to the operation and preoperative examination, we hold consultation through emails, photos and by phone. This way, our surgeons get a deeper insight into the individual case, according to which they can estimate whether the patient is a suitable candidate for the desired operation. This procedure allows our patient to come to Zagreb for the operation one time only. When our patient arrives, we hold final preoperative consultation and medical examination (including blood test and internal specialist examination with ECG), where we discuss the details of the operation together with the patient. After the consultation, we perform the surgery.
  • Before the surgery, our patient and surgeons meet for final preoperative consultation and medical examination. With the aim of achieving the best result possible, during the final preoperative examination, the surgeon makes a detailed and precise drawing. This is the point where Dr Toncic’s artistic experience and perfectionism are best shown. The drawing itself is an important orientation factor for the surgeon during the surgery, and as such it represents quite a big step on the way to the final success of the operation.
  • Before the operation, in our correspondence and detailed conversation, we instruct our patients to discontinue painkillers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, containing acetylsalicylic acid like Aspirin, Andol or Acisal. This is very important factor in patient’s preparation for the surgery, as this way we prevent possible bleeding and haematoma during and after the procedure. Following this instruction makes the recovery quicker and more successful, and the result of the operation is improved.


  • If larger body area is treated (stomach, thighs), this operation is done under general anaesthesia given by a top anaesthesiologist, medical doctor. When we remove the fat pads from the smaller area (abound the knees, double chin, etc), we perform it under enhanced local anaesthesia. The patient is asleep during the operation and the whole procedure is painless.
  • The patient stays in the clinic between 8 to 24 hours, depending on the extent and type of the liposuction. It takes about an hour for preoperative preparations, and around three hours for the operation itself after which the patient rests. Once discharged from the surgery the patient is sent to home care.


  • Great success of the operations in Dr Toncic’s clinic is largely due not only to the experience of our surgical team, their precise and enhanced techniques, but also to well organized professional postoperative care.
  • To be sure of the success of the operation and wellbeing of the patient, Dr Toncic and his team insist on regular check ups and everyday contact with the patient. For our patients’ safety, successful recovery and postoperative monitoring, we recommend optimal length of stay in Zagreb. This way, we leave nothing to chance. We monitor our patient’s recovery completely, which is crucial for our patient’s health and the result of the operation.
  • Postoperative recovery after liposuction is individual, usually lasting 5 to 7 days after the operation. The stitches are removed 7 days after the surgery, after which, our patients can resume their personal and professional activities. However, the patient should avoid hard physical activities and lifting heavy objects for 14 days after the operation.
  • Today's procedures require the patient to wear special compressive clothes (various corsets/ braces) on the treated areas after the surgery. They are very important for the result of the liposuction, because they make the skin stick to the tissue as close as possible, and the effect of the operation is thus enhanced. The elastic garments are worn for 6 weeks after surgery.
  • As early as 7 days after the operation a massage is recommended to assist fluid drainage and better blood circulation because this helps with the reduction of swelling.
  • Very important factor in the postoperative recovery after liposuction surgery is for smokers to stop smoking at least a week before the operation and in the week after the operation.


  • Required stay in Zagreb is 5 to 7 days, so we can remove the stitches and monitor the early postoperative period completely. We indeed require that our patients stay in Zagreb for the required number of days after the liposuction, as this is the period that is of crucial importance for health of our patient and for the result of the operation. Having followed all the instructions, our patient can safely go home and without risking the possible postoperative complications.
  • Sick leave lasts 5 to 7 days for liposuction surgery. Seven days following the operation we remove the stitches from the incision, which is also an opportunity for the last check up. A week after the home care, the patients can resume their personal and professional activities. However, the patient should avoid hard physical activities and lifting heavy objects for 14 days after the operation.


  • Beside the operation, we can arrange travel and accommodation for our foreign patients. We are here to assist you in every step of the way. Therefore, we can book your flight, and private or hotel accommodation in Zagreb. Our driver will welcome you at Zagreb airport and take you to your accommodation.
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Useful instructions for our patients - liposuction of legs