Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States. Each year, millions of people visit a liposuction surgeon to get rid of stubborn fat or create a better shape. However, not all lipo surgeons are created equal.
Liposuction is a routine outpatient procedure that can be done under general or local anesthesia. Liposuction, like many cosmetic procedures, requires skill and artistry to get the best results. A qualified surgeon will know how to sculpt the patient’s body by removing and repositioning fat. Liposuction gone wrong often leaves patients with lumps under the skin, uneven distribution of fat and disproportioned results. You can avoid this by doing your research to find a Qualified Liposuction Surgeon, here is what to look for:
1.View Before and After Photos
Look through before and after photos of any surgeon you are considering. Make sure you understand the difference between good and bad results so you can assess the surgeon’s skill. Poorly performed lipo often leaves patients with uneven fat distribution, lumps under the skin and disproportionate results.
2. View Credentials
You should always do your homework on your surgeon’s credentials. Find out his/her educational background and confirm the doctor has the necessary certifications and is board certified to legally perform liposuction. Also, ask the surgeon how many liposuction procedures they perform each year. If you live in a big city like Los Angeles with a high number of cosmetic surgeons, then consider going to a specialist who only does liposuction.
3. Read Patient Testimonials and Reviews
Look through testimonials and reviews for each of the surgeons you are considering. Read a variety of reviews from multiple sources to get an accurate picture of the surgeon’s skills and bedside manner. Read through at least 10 reviews to get an accurate sense of the surgeon and different review sites. Not all reviews are indicative of the physicians work.
4. Consider Cost Second
Cost should be a secondary consideration. Going to an under-qualified liposuction surgeon who is affordable could actually cost you more in the end. Often, a more experienced surgeon will charge a higher surgeon’s fee to account for advanced skills. But, don’t assume a surgeon is skilled just based on cost. Set a budget for your liposuction then put cost out of your mind and make sure who you choose is the BEST liposuction surgeon not the most expensive or the least expensive.
5. Experience in Your Technique
Most cosmetic surgeons are licensed to perform liposuction, but it does not mean they specialize in it. You should research a surgeon’s experience in your desired liposuction procedure. You want to know how long he/she has been performing it and how frequently. If someone offers a specific procedure type, but has only performed it twice in 10 years, then you will want to look elsewhere.
6. Comfort in Consultation
You can learn so much from the feeling you have with the doctor and staff during your initial consultation. Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, find someone else. It is not worth risking your body.
7. Understand Your Desired Aesthetic Outcome
Your surgeon should consider the results you desire from liposuction and give you realistic expectations for your aesthetic outcome. If your surgeon is promising liposuction as a weight loss technique or telling you potential outcomes that sound too good to be true, then they probably are. You and your surgeon should be clear about the intended goals for your procedure.
8. Number of Surgeries
Liposuction can be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, but make sure you are not putting your body through too much. Your lipo surgeon should know how much is too much, so be clear what you desire.
Dr. David Amron is a cosmetic surgeon from Los Angeles who practices in Beverly Hills, CA. He specializes in liposuction and revision liposuction and only performs liposuction surgery. His technique and unique approach offers patients great results and less downtime. Learn more about Dr. David Amron and his liposuction philosophy.