What questions should I ask my doctor about lipo and the after care and recovery?
What Questions Should I Ask Before Lipo?
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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,
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.
Questions before liposction
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!
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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!
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.
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.
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