I'm having power assisted liposuction by doctor with little experience in this area. Should I be concerned?
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Power-assisted liposuction of the abdomen
You should have complete confidence in your surgeon before your procedure. Your surgeon would want that, too. If your surgeon is confident that she/he can achieve a good result, I would not be too concerned. It sounds like your surgeon does have experience with liposuction as part of a tummy tuck. Performing liposuction alone without other components of a tummy tuck is simpler. Since you are nervous about your surgeon's experience, I recommend addressing your concerns regarding obtaining a good result without complications with your surgeon before your procedure. Ask to see more pre-and post-photos of abdominal liposuction - seeing good results achieved by your surgeon may give you the confidence you need. I wouldn't necessarily be deterred by the nurse's comments alone. You can be honest with your surgeon that you need more time, if you decide to get a second opinion.
Discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon, and, if needed, seek a second opinion.
If at any point you are uncomfortable with moving forward or have reservations about the quality of results that you think you can expect, please discuss this with your plastic surgeon. He or she should welcome the openness and honesty, as this may very well be a misunderstanding as far as his/her nurse is concerned. If you do discuss your concerns and you still feel uncomfortable, it’s absolutely okay to seek a second opinion from another board-certified plastic surgeon. Please don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you have!
Liposuction - should I be concerned?
- This is an unusual situation -
- It may be your plastic surgeon is recently trained, will do an excellent job but the nurse hasn't been with him long.
- It may be there is an issue with the surgeon.
- There may be an issue with this employee which the surgeon doesn't know about.
- You need to return to see your surgeon, tell him what his nurse said and ask him politely but directly how much experience he has with liposuction.
- And, if he chiefly does liposuction with tummy tucks, how he plans to do your liposuction so you get your best result.
- If the surgeon is angry, defensive or can't answer your questions - that's not a good sign.
- If not, you will have an explanation and find the second visit reassuring.
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If you need to see him another time. Do so. If you have more questions that only he can answer. Make sure that he does so before the surgery.
Power Assisted Liposuction is just another tool many experiences Plastic surgeons use. But you have the right to be confident in your choice of surgeon and surgery.
Dr. Peter A. Aldea
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Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Liposuction, found out surgeon had little experience
Thank you for your question.I would recommend clarifying with the surgeon rather than the staff if you were comfortable before hearing the comment. This would be an odd occurrence that a board certified plastic surgeon does not have sufficient experience in liposuction of the abdomen and flanks. The surgeons response will guide you. If it is reassuring then your probably good. If there is some hesitation then perhaps it would be good to see another surgeon.It could be true that the surgeon is inexperienced. It could also be that the staff has not been with surgeon long to know if he or she is experienced. It could also be that the staff is unhappy.Regardless the surgeon would love the opportunity to discuss the concern.Best Dr. L