Liposuction is one of the most gratifying cosmetic procedures we perform for our patients. That’s because liposuction can sculpt and slim areas of the body that diet and exercise sometimes can’t. (We all know the frustration of trying to “spot-treat” our trouble zones.) With relatively little downtime and results that can last several years, it’s no wonder so many people choose this popular body contouring procedure.
Once you’ve decided to have liposuction, it’s important to choose a provider who is qualified to perform your treatment. Getting the best results from liposuction requires a unique combination of knowledge, artistry, and skill.
When you’re evaluating a potential plastic surgeon, be sure to ask them the following 17 questions to ensure you make the right choice. So read on to learn more about Arm Lift and Than Arm Liposuction plastic surgery procedures.
FAQs – 17 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Liposuction
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help remove excess fat from certain areas of the body. However, it is important to consult with a qualified surgeon before undergoing this procedure. Here are 11 questions to ask your surgeon before liposuction:
#1. Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and is best suited for people who are within 20-30 pounds of their ideal weight and have good skin elasticity. Your surgeon will assess your individual needs and determine if liposuction is the right procedure for you.
#2. What type of liposuction is right for me?
There are several different types of liposuction, including traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction, and laser-assisted liposuction (LAL). Your surgeon will discuss the different options with you and recommend the best type for your needs.
#3. What areas of my body can be treated with liposuction?
Liposuction can be used to treat a variety of areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, arms, and chin. Your surgeon will discuss with you which areas can be treated to achieve your desired results.
#4. What are the risks and potential complications of liposuction?
All surgical procedures have some risks and potential complications. Your surgeon will discuss these with you in detail before your procedure. Some of the potential risks of liposuction include bleeding, infection, bruising, swelling, and uneven skin contour.
#5. What is the recovery time for liposuction?
The recovery time for liposuction varies depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Most people can return to work and light activities within a few days, but it may take several weeks for the swelling to fully subside.
#6. What are the costs of liposuction?
The cost of liposuction varies depending on the surgeon, the facility, and the extent of the procedure. Your surgeon will provide you with a detailed estimate of the costs before your procedure.
#7. What can I do to prepare for liposuction?
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your liposuction procedure. This may include stopping smoking, avoiding certain medications, and adjusting your diet and exercise routine.
#8. What can I expect after liposuction?
You will likely experience some bruising, swelling, and discomfort after your liposuction procedure. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication and provide you with instructions on how to care for your incisions.
#9. What are the long-term results of liposuction?
Liposuction can provide long-term results if you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. However, it is important to remember that liposuction does not remove all fat cells from the treated area. Some fat cells may remain and can enlarge over time.
#10. What should I do if I have any questions or concerns after my liposuction procedure?
Do not hesitate to contact your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns after your liposuction procedure. They will be able to provide you with the support and guidance you need.
#11. Can I see before and after photos of your liposuction patients?
Before and after photos can give you a better idea of what results to expect from liposuction. Your surgeon should be able to show you photos of patients who have similar body types and goals to yours.
#12. Is traditional liposuction or VASERlipo® right for me?
There are many types of liposuction available, and two of the most popular are traditional liposuction and VASERlipo—a newer, less-invasive form of liposuction. It can be confusing to know which to choose, so make sure you ask your surgeon to recommend the best procedure for your body type and aesthetic goals.
South Bay Plastic Surgeons offers both traditional and VASERlipo. We understand that every patient is different and are happy to help guide you toward the best option for you. Here are a few things to consider when evaluating the two approaches:
- Traditional liposuction
- Long history of proven results
- Considered the “gold standard” in surgical fat removal
- Requires a longer recovery than VASERlipo
- Can remove large amounts of fat from almost anywhere on the body
- Gentler procedure with shorter recovery time
- Offers additional precision and versatility
- Good option for people with more fibrous body tissue (usually men)
- Excellent for areas like love handles and bra rolls
#13. Do you have examples of prior work?
An experienced liposuction surgeon should be proud of their work and willing to show it off. Ask to see several before and after photos of actual liposuction patients. This will give you a good idea of the results you can expect from surgery. Here are a few of our patients’ before and after photos to get an idea of the type of results to look for:
You can also ask your surgeon what their complication rate is and how many liposuction procedures they have performed. This will help you gauge their level of expertise in performing your procedure.
#14. What are the signs that something is wrong after liposuction?
If you experience any of the following signs after liposuction, you should contact your surgeon immediately:
- Excessive bleeding
- Severe pain
- Signs of infection, such as redness, warmth, or pus around the incisions
#15. Are you board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)?
The ABPS is the only board-recognized organization for plastic surgeons in the United States. Board-certified surgeons have completed extensive training and have passed rigorous exams to demonstrate their expertise in plastic surgery.
#16. How many liposuction procedures have you performed?
Experience is important when choosing a surgeon for any procedure, including liposuction. A surgeon who has performed many liposuction procedures will have a better understanding of the nuances of the procedure and will be able to achieve more consistent results.
#17. What type of anesthesia will be used?
There are three main types of anesthesia that can be used for liposuction: local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and regional anesthesia. The type of anesthesia that is right for you will depend on your individual circumstances.
Remember, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who you feel comfortable with and who can answer all of your questions.
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