What Questions Should I Ask Before Lipo?

What questions should I ask my doctor about lipo and the after care and recovery?

Doctor Answers 6

You should have very few questions to ask by the time your doc is done with your lipo consult.

Your lipo doc will explain everything during your thorough lipo consultation so that you shouldn't have any questions remaining. Make sure liposuction is all he/she does mainly and does it in an accredited facility with yrs of experience, great photos, great bedside manners with whom you connect well with and does it under local anesthesia with the tumescent technique using micro(small) canulas to get the best results.  Many docs run mills that do laser/vaser/ultrasound/freezing/mesotherapy, etc...liposuctions, but these are very gimmicky with only so-so results and no personal attention. Many docs still do the old method of general anesthesia with larger canulas because it is quick and easy but not as good results and more risky. Your initial gut feeling is very important when you meet the right doc for you. Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

What to know before liposuction

Keep in mind that liposuction is surgery, so the most important thing to ask about is the experience of the surgeon who will be doing the procedure. You should know that there are 3 options for anesthesia: tumescent (wide awake local), tumescent with intravenous sedation (many patients find this more comfortable) or general. All are safe if done properly. For most patients he procedure should be done in an accredited surgical facility. Ask whether your skin tone is sufficiently elastic in the areas to be treated, because loose skin will not be improved and may be made worse. The least important thing is the specific technology - laser, VASER, and so forth.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Questions about liposuction

During your consultation you should be prepared to discuss your goals for surgery with your plastic surgeon.  He/she in turn should discuss the risks/benefits associated with the surgery.  They should also share with you normal recovery times as well as what is involved in caring for your surgical sites. Part of the consultation may include an examination which can aid your surgeon in determining if your goals for surgery are realistic based on your body/skin type.  Good luck!

Mennen T. Gallas, MD
Katy Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews


The most important thing you should know is the doctor's training. Many "lay doctors' i.e. internists, ob-gyns, etc.. are performing these procedures and they have not had the same training as most board certified plastic surgeons or certain boarded dermatologists.. Be careful.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

What to know before lipo

A board certified plastic surgeon should discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of liposuction. Results depend on the skin quality and where or what body region you are sculpting. The recovery is usually with 5-7 days and after-care is minimal.

Donna Rich, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

What to Ask the Doctor Before Liposuction

      Find the plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures each year.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.