Liposuction surgeons are doctors specializing in the removal of excess fat from the body using a special vacuum and a small tube called a cannula. Not every cosmetic surgeon is well-qualified to do liposuction. It is important to find a doctor that has the experience and skill to perform successful liposuction.
A surgeon offering many cosmetic procedures may not be as skilled as someone whose primary procedure is liposuction. Liposuction surgeons may be board-certified as such. If a doctor is board-certified in a different specialty or a non-surgical specialty, he may not be as knowledgeable as a certified liposuction doctor. Don’t hesitate to ask a doctor about his credentials.
Liposuction surgeons may specialize in specific methods of liposuction, such as tumescent liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, or laser liposuction. Research each method and use that information to help you choose an appropriate surgeon.
There is an art involved with liposuction. Part of the process is sculpting the body using the cannula. A surgeon specializing in liposuction will likely have the artistic eye and skilled hand needed to reshape the body. A prospective patient should look at the before and after photos of doctors’ work, especially images of the specific body areas where the patient is considering having liposuction.
Liposuction surgeons are trained in safe surgery practices. While all surgery has risks, responsible doctors follow all precautions to minimize the risk of complications. State medical boards put limits on the amount of body fat that can be safely removed via liposuction. An ethical doctor will inform you of the safety risks and the limitations of liposuction.
The best way to research liposuction doctors is to ask for referrals from anyone you know who has had liposuction. Firsthand accounts of liposuction offer valuable insight into the procedure, recovery, and the doctor.