Choosing Your Liposuction Doctor

I’ve previously written about the pros and cons of liposuction and the risks involved if you do not do the proper research. One major area that deserves more discussion is in how do you choose your liposuction doctor. The first lipoplasty surgery was performed a little over 30 years ago around 1974. Since then it has become a relatively safe procedure in body contouring. Your satisfaction with this surgery will highly depend on the physician you choose.

The main thing to do when choosing your liposuction doctor will be to shop around. Don’t just pick the first one you find on the internet or on some directory. Keep in mind that the type of lipoplasty involved should also be a factor. Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat cells using a stainless steel suction tube otherwise known as a “canula”. It can be done on your chin, abdomen, thighs, legs or upper arms. Make sure your chosen physician has the appropriate experience and training in the area where you are having your surgery.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Liposuction Doctor

  • appropriate level of medical training
  • extensive experience in plastic surgery
  • focus/experience with the type of surgery you are having
  • certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Board certification does not ensure that your doctor will definitely give you the results you want. Verifying the board certification is a simple as contacting the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Unfortunately, many times patients rely on just this but they should explore the other areas as well.

Be sure to ask questions regarding your doctor’s past surgeries. What procedures have they done? How many have they done? When was the last time they performed the procedure that you are going to have? Do they have before and after pictures of their past liposuction patients? The typical liposuction doctor should have pictures. If they don’t it is probably because they don’t have a lot of experience. Don’t be afraid to ask the specifics of their training. Where were they trained? When were they trained and how long was the training?

Another area to explore is the facility where you will be having the surgery. Though most of these surgeries are performed in the liposuction doctor’s office if you prefer having it at a hospital you need to be sure the physician has hospital privileges at that hospital. This is also another way checking up on the doctor because having privileges means they have been reviewed by the hospital, the credential board of the hospital and other members of that hospital’s staff. Whether you have the procedure in a hospital, the doctor’s office or an outpatient facility be sure to visit that facility so that you will be comfortable with it.

Choosing your liposuction doctor is one of the keys to the success of your surgery. Don’t take it lightly. Make sure your doctor has a good reputation and the training and experience that you are comfortable with. Don’t rely on cost factors until the very end of your research so that you don’t pick a doctor just to save money. Think about that after you have narrowed down your search to 2-3 doctors. The path to a new you is a good as the partner you choose.

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