I researched the doctor and found that he was not a plastic surgeon by specialty, but had formal training in the area and had been in practice for over a decade. His Health Grade reviews were glowing and no complaints or lawsuits had been filed against him. The results I'd seen and testimony from previous patients made me even more comfortable to schedule a phone/virtual consultation and move forward with my "smart" lipo procedure. To say the procedure was effortless or expertly handled would be an understatement.
Not only did the doctor arrive over an hour after my scheduled procedure time but he spent barely 5 minutes with me before marking his points of entry and shuffling me onto the surgical table. The numbing process (which they do NOT show on YouTube) was not only PAINFUL but seemed to take FOREVER to complete! After the numbing the real torture begins. Because you're completely awake it can be jarring to see the equipment and devices that he uses. My procedure was performed VERY AGGRESSIVELY and I tried to remain calm throughout by assuring myself that this is how it's supposed to be done.
I now realize the many (important) differences between a board certified plastic surgeon and a doctor who simply performs cosmetic procedures. The training, the expertise, the precision...listening to the CLIENT...ALL important things a good board certified "plastic" surgeon brings to the table. This is simply something that cannot be ignored if you truly expect a good/great outcome.
Despite wearing my compression garment for the prescribed amount of time, getting my massages as recommended, working out, and not gaining ANY weight, I look WORSE now than before the surgery!! I have a horrible silhouette which I cover up more so now than before! I guess you get what you pay for.
So unfortunately, now one year post-op I have LUMPS, BUMPS, and BRUISING (still) which requires another surgery in attempts to correct the damage already done!
Your takeaway: DO YOUR RESEARCH AND ACCEPT NO LESS THAN A BOARD CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON WHO WILL LISTEN TO YOUR NEEDS AND PROVIDE YOU WITH HONEST ANSWERS ABOUT THE OUTCOME.