Many people mistakenly believe that liposuction is simply a routine operation and just about any trained cosmetic surgeon can perform it. They couldn’t be more wrong. Liposuction is actually a high precision procedure and, to get the best results, you want a professional liposuction surgeon, that is, someone who’s well trained and experienced in performing it. Here are some questions to bear in mind when browsing through the options.
- Is the surgeon mindful of the patients’ safety?
Most surgeons in the field now agree that there should be a limit on the maximum amount of fat and fluid absorbed from a patient during the course of one day, though there is some debate as to what qualifies as a safe amount. However, the overwhelming majority of surgeons genuinely concerned with the patients’ safety set that limit at 4 to 5 liters. Anything above that limit puts the patient at risk. Be sure to get your prospective surgeon’s take on a safe amount before making your final decision.
- Is the surgeon certified in a specialty?
It is important to look into the surgeon’s background and ensure he/she holds a valid certification in a surgical specialty including liposuction, as this will guarantee they have received adequate training in working in a sterile environment and in managing acute emergencies.
- Does the surgeon have relevant experience?
Having said that, it is vital to ensure that, beyond formal training, the surgeon has had extensive hands-on experience in performing successful liposuction procedures, as well as preventing complications.
- Do they have a good reputation among peers?
If you have friends or acquaintances in the medical community, be sure to ask them for referrals or for any information they may have about a particular liposuction specialist.
- Is the surgeon involved in teaching and research?
Even though this is not as relevant as experience in the OR, a professional liposuction surgeon who is also involved in research or is part of the faculty at the local medical school is definitely more likely to be familiar with the latest developments in their field.
Equally important, here are some things that should raise a red flag when looking for the right liposuction specialist.
Things to Avoid When Looking for a Professional Liposuction Surgeon
- Marketing Hype
Objectively speaking, no surgeon or surgical practice can honestly claim to have a 100 per cent success rate or promise an entirely risk-free procedure. Be immediately wary of those who do, as they have no objective grounds for their claims, it’s all advertising.
- Surgeons Prone to Hybris.
The downside to choosing an acclaimed liposuction specialist is that some of them become overconfident and reckless, prone to attempting ever more dangerous procedures and placing their own glory above the patient’s safety. Don’t trust a professional liposuction surgeon who promises you miraculous results or minimizes the risks involved in excessive liposuction. And you don’t want to place your life in the hands of someone you can’t trust.