Every year, liposuction helps over 240,000 Americans lose diet-resistant fat. New surgical techniques and technological innovations have made this procedure a safe and convenient option for eligible candidates. Preparing carefully for your liposuction consultation helps bring peace of mind and the results you envision.
Here, we’ve delineated the 10 most important questions you can ask in a liposuction consultation and added a little context so you can compare the answers you get.
1. How much weight will I lose?
Liposuction is not meant to serve as a substitute for natural weight loss, but it’s a great way to “spot remove” stubborn fat. The safe upper limit for outpatient fat removal is about 10 pounds.
2. Which areas can I contour with liposuction?
Liposuction can remove fat from the belly, chest, back, love handles, arms, thighs, neck, and sometimes even small areas of the face. Make sure your surgeon has experience performing liposuction on the specific area you wish to treat.
3. Which liposuction techniques do you prefer, and why?
Today, many surgeons utilize more than one type of liposuction. Popular techniques include conventional tumescent liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, and SAFELipo. It is a good idea to ask your surgeon which liposuction method he or she recommends for you, and why. Your surgeon should explain the pros and cons of each technique he uses, as well as the specific details of your procedure.
4. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
Ask to see evidence of your surgeon’s qualifications before you commit to having liposuction. Though any doctor with a medical license can legally perform this procedure, surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery possess the specific training and expertise that create the most flattering results.
5. Where will you be performing my surgery?
Minor liposuction procedures involving small areas can be performed safely in a plastic surgeon’s office. Liposuction involving large or multiple areas is done at an accredited surgical center.
6. Will you use general anesthesia during my procedure, or local anesthesia with sedation?
General anesthesia is the most effective way to prevent discomfort during surgery, which is key for obtaining the best final result. For this reason it is the best choice for most liposuction patients. However, your surgeon can perform small liposuction procedures using only local anesthesia, with or without light sedation.
7. How should I prepare for my procedure?
To minimize your risk of complications, you may need to make certain lifestyle changes prior to having liposuction. Your surgeon will review your medical history and make recommendations, but the best preparation is to be in good physical condition possible before surgery. A healthy diet and regular exercise prepares you well for liposuction surgery.
8. What kind of recovery should I expect?
Your surgeon should discuss your recovery protocol. During your consultation, you will discuss activity restrictions, the appropriate use of compression garments, and other details. You should also discuss the plan for regular follow-up care.
9. Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Your surgeon will perform a thorough examination during your consultation to make sure that liposuction is the right procedure for you. Based on your skin elasticity and muscle tone, he or she may recommend another body contouring procedure for you, such as tummy tuck or body lift surgery.
10. Can you show me pictures of your past work?
Seeing “before and after” photos can help give you a realistic idea of what can be accomplished with liposuction. It is also a good way to verify that your surgeon has experience with this procedure.
Find the Right Liposuction Surgeon in Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona
Choosing a liposuction surgeon is challenging, but knowing the right questions to ask will qualify your surgeon and alleviate your concerns. For more advice on liposuction and other body contouring procedures, feel free to reach out to our office. We look forward to discussing liposuction with you at our private, boutique office in Scottsdale, Arizona.