How Important is American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification for Tumescent Liposculpture?

I am considering tumescent laser liposculpture. The doctor I am considering is certified by American Board of Laser Surgery (not plastic surgery) and claims that he performed 5000+ cosmetic surgeries. I have not found other doctors who offer combination of tumescent and laser hi-def liposculpture on Minneapolis, MN. I wonder if this doctor's certification is sufficient for me to both be safe (i.e. not die or get infection) and to expect good results (no lumps or uneven sides).

Doctor Answers (14)

Liposuction done by dermatologists and plastic surgeons

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Specialties are usually board-certified dermatologists or plastic surgeons.  There are many specialites whose board certifications are given by the American Board of Medical Specialties, but laser medicine is not one of those. Dr. Jeffery Klein, is the inventor of tumescent liposuction and is a dermatologist.  You need an experienced doctor, who is board certified by one of the ABMS specialties, and if the surgery is going to be done in an office, it would be wise to chose a doctor whose practice is accredited by either the Joint Commission, The AAAHC or the AAAASF.


Manhattan Dermatologist
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Best answer given by tumescent liposuction inventor

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As written by Dr Jeff Klein on the site liposuction.com:

"The Safest Choice
The safest choice is to select a surgeon who is willing to 1) limit the amount of liposuction performed on a single day to less than 4 liters of aspirate (fat and fluid), 2) avoid doing liposuction of an excessive number of body areas on a single day, 3) schedule the surgical days at least one month apart if more than one day of liposuction is required, 4) avoid doing any unrelated surgical procedures on the same day as liposuction.

Surgical Specialty is not Critical
Qualifications of a liposuction surgeon are not rigidly defined. Liposuction was developed by multiple specialities. No specialty can honestly claim superior training in the world of liposuction. There are many excellent liposuction surgeons who obtained their basic surgical education during residency training in dermatology, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT), or plastic surgery. For example, both dermatologists and plastic surgeons receive instruction in doing liposuction during their residency training. When selecting a liposuction surgeon, the surgeon's specialty is not as important as the surgeon's liposuction technique, the surgeon's record for safety, and the individual surgeon's honesty and integrity.

Avoid Marketing Hype
There is no surgical specialty that can honestly claim that its training in liposuction is superior to that of any other surgical specialty. There is absolutely no published data on liposuction safety upon which any specialty can objectively base a claim of superiority. In fact, it is quite likely that the one surgical specialty that claims to be superior to all others, is in fact the specialty that has had the highest rate of severe liposuction complications and surgical deaths. Do not be deceived by an advertising agency's hyperbole. Do not confuse marketing hyperbole with surgical skill and integrity. "

T. Wayne Day, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

How Important is American Board of Plastic Surgery Certification for Tumescent Liposculpture?

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The most important decision you make when undergoing surgery is CAREFUL selection of your plastic surgeon. If your selected physician is not a plastic surgeon, cancel surgery and do your due diligence carefully; select a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon in your area who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the outcomes you would be pleased with. Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 791 reviews

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A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Is Extremely Important

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                  The qualifications and experience of your surgeon are extremely important and ultimately impact the quality of the surgical result.  Unfortunately choosing the best surgeon for your operative procedure can be very difficult for a variety of reasons.

                  Unfortunately, there are many practitioners with minimal training and experience performing these procedures with very little regulation.  It’s not uncommon to see aggressive advertisements that make claims that just can’t be substantiated.  In this environment it’s truly buyer beware and for this reason board certification is extremely important.

                  Even the issue of board certification can be confusing because not all boards are created equal.  It’s important that the board be certified by the American Board of Medical Specialist.  This organization ensures that the board is reputable.  These boards require residency training, testing and certification.

                  Many factors should be considered when choosing a plastic surgeon.  These include training, experience, reputation and certification to name a few.  The selection of your surgeon is the most important decision you will make when considering plastic surgery, so make it carefully.

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Dermatologic Surgeons tend to do the best job when it comes to Tumescent Liposcuplture!

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Dermatologic Surgeons have the most training in tumescent liposculpture under local anesthesia with the highest safety profile. There is no comparison by other specialties when it comes to results since doing the procedure under local anesthesia allows the patients to be stood up and sat up and turned easily in all positions to get the best results and all the fine tuning with the micro canulas that is needed is done right then. It does tend to be a little more expensive but you are paying for the expertise and results. Don't go cheap for liposculpting when you want the best results. Your repoire with the doc and his/her yrs of experience in liposuction is very important as well as having it done in an accredited facility and under tumescent local (not the old methods under general anesthesia with the large canulas which we all did 20 some yrs ago). Having said the obvious, any specialty can do a good job if they keep up with the latest techniques and have a lot of experience - even board certified general plastic and reconstructive surgeons! Sincerely,

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David Hansen, MD
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Tumescent Lipo

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We recommend you see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for these procedures.  A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon has far more training, a residency for plastic/cosmetic surgery, and is able to deal with any of the possible complications one may encounter.  There are other doctors who may offer a good service, but the quality of work is somewhat unpredictable. Thank you for your question and good luck with everything.

Vivek Bansal, MD
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Board Certification

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The American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) has a list, I believe of 32 recognized specialties.  To become board certified is no easy task and requires years of training, written and oral exams that must be passed, to become certified. The AMA regulates the ABMS and is very vigorous in upholding the standards for the board.

There are many SELF DESIGNATED BOARDS,  these are boards that are not certified by the ABMS.  To become a member of a self designated board may be no more than just paying a member's fee without any qualifications.  Many years ago, 60 minutes did an expose on a self designated cosmetic surgery board.  It was a weekend course that when attended you would become board certified at the end of the weekend.  At the end of the taping of the show, the cameraman for 60 minutes was board certified!!

Buyer beware, there are a lot of sharks out there.  Do your homework and make sure your surgeon is properly trained and credentialed, if he/she is willing to fool you about their qualifications, what else are they going to do to cut corners!!  The American Board of Laser Surgery is a self designated board.

David Finkle, MD
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Board certification and Tumescent Liposuction

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Asking if you surgeon is Board Certified is an important question.  Board Certification is granted by only one organization in the USA, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).  These specialties include Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, and Otolaryngology (ENT), among others.  The certification is only granted after a candidate has completed a several years long residency at an approved medical center, has been in practice for a period of time  (usually two years) and has completed a rigorous exam process. Of the board certified doctors who perform tumescent liposuction, only Board Certified Plastic Surgeons routinely preform all of the options in body contouring - liposuction, tummy tucks, arm and thigh lifts, etc.  To fully understand what your options are and the risks involved, I would suggest you see a Board certified plastic surgeon

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
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Is surgeon certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery important

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For any cosmetic surgery procedure, particularly laser assisted liposculpture, it is extremely important that your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  This assures you that he/she has undergone rigorous training and testing.  This doesn't guarantee that problems won't occur, but it definitely minimizes the risks.

Kenneth L. Stein, MD
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Board Certification in Plastic Surgery

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Board Certification in Plastic Surgery (by The American Board of Plastic Surgery) is important for a number of reasons. What this designation ensures, is that the surgeon has met at least the minimum training and practice requirements as set forth by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Board certification has nothing to do with potential complications that may occur with any surgical procedure. However, it does indicate that the surgeon has been trained in proper surgical technique, is aware of appropriate safety measures and has been scrutinized by a panel of his or her peers in plastic surgery. Be careful, as there are many bogus "boards" out there.

Kevin Brenner, MD, FACS
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