What Questions Should I Ask Before Lipo?

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

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Questions before liposction

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Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed each year. Unfortunately, there are a lot of physicians performing this procedure without the formal and necessary training. The first important question to ask when looking for a surgeon is are they board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. It is not enough to just read that they are board certified since this can mean board certified in any specialty such as family practice, dermatology, emergency medicine, OBGYN, etc. The next big question is to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, rather it is a body contouring procedure. Likewise, liposuction will only remove the fat and will not significantly tighten loose skin. Other procedures may be necessary if there is loose, hanging skin. Consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon can help you know if you are a good candidate for liposuction. At the end of the day you need to go with a surgeon who has the credentials, experience, and bedside manner that you feel comfortable with!

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

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

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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

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

What to know before liposuction

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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 59 reviews

Questions for Liposuction

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Hello and thank you for your question.

In my opinion, the most important question for you to ask is the credentials of the plastic surgeon. Where did they do their plastic surgery residency? How much experience do they have doing liposuction? Which local hospitals do they have privileges, in case you were to be hospitalized?

The second question is to ask yourself if you have done enough background investigation for the surgeon that you have chosen. Have you looked at their reviews? Have you visited more than one plastic surgeon to get a feel for the individual personality of that surgeon?

The third question is to then ask the specifics about use of a garment, antibiotics, pain medication, and long – term follow-up. You want to have liposuction with a fully trained plastic surgeon who will be able to give you long – term follow-up. You also want someone who you feel has your best interest at heart and who can treat any complication that can arise from the procedure. Remember that any surgical procedure can have a complication and that is where the experience of the plastic surgeon comes in to be able to treat these complications.

Hope I was able to answer your question. All the best!

Alex Zuriarrain, MD, Plastic Surgery

Alex Zuriarrain, MD
Miami General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Before Liposuction

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Before going for a liposuction surgery, you need to firstly understand if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Some of the questions that you must ask your plastic surgeon before the treatment are: what the surgery is about, the procedure, the technique/equipment used, the cost involved, before surgery precautions that you need to take, the after care, areas that require the treatment. You must also ask about the possible side effects or complications involved in the surgery. Make sure you check the OT and patient care room too. Don’t hesitate to ask the surgeon about his previous success stories and to share case studies of previous patients with you. Always remember to consult a board certified plastic surgeon for any of these procedures and have realistic expectations.

Rajat Gupta, MD
India Plastic Surgeon

What to Ask Before Liposuction

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Always ask about your surgeon’s board-certification and make sure they are certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). Ask about how much experience they have performing liposuction surgery and if they have any special techniques or methods that differentiate themselves from other cosmetic surgeons in the area. Request to see before & after pictures from previous liposuction surgery cases they have performed. It’s also extremely important to discuss your expectations and aesthetic goals at length to fully understand what you can expect from the results of your procedure.

Questions about liposuction

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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


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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
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

What to know before lipo

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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
Webster Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

What to Ask the Doctor Before Liposuction

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

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.