Avoid Dermatlolgic Surgeons (isn't that term an oxymoron) that, incorrectly recommend avoiding general anesthesia for liposuction because it is less safe. There is no data to support that position and general anesthesia performed by a well trained board certified anethesiologist in appropriate patients is very safe, in fact safer than certain other types of sedation used in conjunction with tumescent anesthesia.
As an example, a heavily marketed and branded local liposuction mill has had two deaths in the past couple of years while performiing liposuction under supposedly less risky oral sedation and tumescent anesthesia. I submit that death is a very powerful indication of the risks of tumescent liposuction performed by those who are long on misreprsentation, and short on experience.
So my list of things to avoid would read:
1. Avoid physicians who practice outside of their core training. Instead, look for plastic surgery being performed by real plastic surgeons, and who display the symbol of excellence as shown on this web page.
2. Avoid clinics whose marketing pitches are filled with unrealistic claims, and too-good-to-true promises of spectacular results with no pain, no down time, no bruising, no swelling, no stitches and doctors with no qualifications.
3. Avoid physicians who push the latest technology as the ultimate breakthrough for your particular situation. It is the skill and experience of the surgeon and not the type technology or anesthesia that are most important.