Liposuction as we know it today has been around, more or less unchanged, since the middle of the 1980s. It is almost certainly the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. Our familiarity with this procedure can lead us to take the safety of it somewhat for granted, and that can be a serious mistake.
Regardless of the type of lipo being used, whether the traditional tumescent method or the more recently developed ultrasound assisted technique, the fact remains that incisions are being made in the skin, anesthetic fluid is being injected, and tissue is being suctioned out from inside the body. The invasive nature of this procedure makes it all the more important to choose the right surgeon to perform it. But what should you look for when choosing that surgeon?
Beyond the obvious issues, such as ensuring that your plastic surgeon is ASPS certified, it’s important to consider the complete range of procedures and services he provides. Ideally, you want to choose a surgeon who offers both a wide variety of procedures, including ones you have no need of, as well as providing several options in terms of the techniques used for the procedures you are interested in.
In more concise terms, you want a surgeon who knows more than one way to perform liposuction (Beverly Hills Offices), and who does a lot more than just fat removal. There’s an old saying that goes, “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” A plastic surgeon who performs a wider variety of procedures is more likely to help you choose the procedure or procedures best suited for attaining your goals, rather than the procedures he’s most comfortable performing.
You also want a surgeon who knows more than one way to perform the procedure. This shows a level of expertise which is important in terms of patient safety. It also demonstrates a certain dedication towards ongoing skills training and education in keeping up with newer, safer, and more effective methods and procedures.
Once you’ve established that a surgeon is suitably qualified and competent, what remains is to determine if he is a good fit for you in terms of personality, and outlook. The relationship between a cosmetic surgeon and his patient is a very intimate one, and it is vital that your surgeon’s “bedside manner”, for want of a better term, inspires trust and makes you feel comfortable.
In particular you want to ensure that your surgeon understands, and respects, your goals for your body, and is dedicated to helping you achieve those goals. To discuss your goals, and to determine your best options for achieving those goals, call and book a consultation with Dr. Liu today.