Liposuction is a fairly straightforward procedure, but it’s still important to know which questions you should ask your surgeon before proceeding with this treatment. Asking the right questions will help you choose a qualified surgeon and ensure you get exactly the results you want, without the need for revisions.
To help you prepare for your consultation, we’ve compiled a quick checklist of questions that you can print and bring to your appointment. When you’re ready to discuss liposuction in more detail, contact our office at (310) 278-8823.
7 Questions to Ask Before Having Liposuction
1. How Much Weight Will I Lose?
Liposuction does not result in significant, overall weight loss. Instead, it removes spots of stubborn fat. Surgeons concur that removing 10 pounds or less keeps patients safe.
2. Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is an excellent way to remove unwanted fat, but it’s not right for everyone. If you are significantly overweight or you have a chronic health condition, you may not be a good candidate for liposuction. Your surgeon should review your medical history and perform a thorough physical examination before recommending this procedure.
3. What Qualifications Do You Have?
Make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ask about any surgical fellowships he or she is a member of. To become board-certified by the ABPS, a plastic surgeon must demonstrate proficiency in the field of cosmetic surgery, complete a 1-2 year fellowship and residency training, and have operating privileges in an accredited hospital or surgical center. These surgeons therefore offer superior results and excellent patient care.
4. What Kind of Follow-Up Care Will I Receive?
Your surgeon should develop a plan for regular follow-up visits after your surgery. Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor for potential complications and make sure the patient’s goals have been achieved. Your surgeon should see you the day after your operation, follow up one week later, and continue to monitor your progress for another 1-2 months.
5. What Type of Liposuction Do You Perform?
There are multiple types of liposuction in use today: Power-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, Body Jet liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, etc. All of these procedures are effective, but they have slightly different benefits and risks. Knowing the details of the specific procedure you’re going to have will give you an idea of what to expect before, during, and after surgery.
6. Can You Tell Me About the Potential Risks of This Procedure?
Liposuction is a very low-risk operation, but complications can occur after any type of invasive surgery. Your surgeon should give you a list of symptoms to look out for (like redness, severe pain, and fever) that signify the need for immediate medical attention. He or she should also provide you with a detailed recovery plan that includes appropriate methods of aftercare.
7. Can You Show Me Before-and-After Pictures?
Before selecting a surgeon, you’ll need to verify that he or she has experience performing liposuction. The best way to do this – and get an idea of the results you can expect – is to review before-and-after pictures that show the surgeon’s past work.
Learn More About Liposuction in Long Beach
Though our liposuction checklist will help you choose a qualified, attentive, and skilled surgeon, it’s not an exhaustive guide. If you would like to discuss this procedure in more detail, discuss your financing options, or learn about alternative procedures, our experts can help. Contact us with your questions and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.