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Choosing a Surgeon for Liposuction

Liposuction is a commonplace procedure these days, and has been for a few decades now, but it is because of its commonplace nature that we need to be very careful when choosing a surgeon. When a procedure that used to be a specialist procedure becomes more or less routine, it becomes more and more likely that some doctors will begin offering the service when, perhaps, they are less than perfectly qualified to do so. To that end, please consider the following questions when choosing a surgeon to perform your liposuction.

  • Is he Board certified?
  • Is he experienced?
  • Can he perform a variety of techniques, or just one?
  • Does he perform other procedures?
  • Does he possess an artistic eye?

Is he Board certified?

Although anyone with a medical degree can legally perform plastic surgery procedures in the United States, not everyone with a medical degree is a plastic surgeon. While serious complications from liposuction are rare, they are possible, and it’s important that the person performing the procedure has the specialized training in it that will help them avoid those complications.

Is he experienced?

While everyone has to start somewhere, you’d rather they didn’t start on you. The more experience your plastic surgeon has, in particular with the variety of liposuction you’re choosing to have done, the more likely you are to be happy with both the procedure, and the final result

Can he perform a variety of techniques, or just one?

This can be very telling point. Competent, up-to-date plastic surgeons are usually conversant with more than one technique for just about every service they provide, and liposuction is no exception to that. A surgeon who is only able to perform one type of fat removal procedure is more likely to be either an uncertified doctor dabbling in cosmetic surgery, or plastic surgeon who specializes in other procedures, but does lipo from time to time. Neither one is likely to be your best choice.

Does he perform other procedures?

Similar to the point above, and for more or less the same reasons, a surgeon who only performs lipo, even if they perform multiple varieties, is probably best avoided. A doctor with such a singular focus on one procedure is likely to be fairly good at it, but is also less likely to be able to cope with any unusual situations or complications that might arise.

Does he possess an artistic eye?

Body contouring is all about shape and balance and symmetry. Without a good eye for what’s aesthetically pleasing, your surgeon’s ability to produce results you will be happy with become, more or less, a matter of random chance. A surgeon with an artistic background can make all the difference.

Dr. Perry Liu is a Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon. His skills embody the convergence of art and medicine that is the essence of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Liu is graduate of Duke University, and continued on to medical school at Emory University in Atlanta You can find Dr. Perry Liu on Google+.