Liposuction is a serious procedure, and should only be performed by surgeons or medical doctors with sufficient surgical training. While it takes a lot of time and research to pick a good liposuction surgeon. Nonetheless, these efforts often pay out in the end, largely contributing to satisfactory results and a smooth recovery.
When choosing the surgeon to perform your liposuction, you should always put safety first, rather than the surgeon’s fame or fees. Keep in mind that most of the risks and complications associated with liposuction are a result of human error, and therefore can be avoided at the hands of a well-trained surgeon who prioritizes your health above all else.
While board certification is no guarantee of how well or how safely a surgeon performs liposuction, this is granted only to doctors who meet certain requirements, as well as pass written and oral examinations.
In particular, the requirements for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are:
– degree from an accredited medical school
– active license to practice medicine
– a minimum of two years of training in plastic surgery in an ACGME-accredited residency program
If a surgeon is not board certified, you should check his or her training background and credentials. Medical education is required, as well as specific training in surgery and liposuction.
Regardless of board certification, you should also ask where or how the surgeon was trained in liposuction surgery. It is important for the surgeon to have been taught in a classroom and to have had hands-on training with regards to performing the liposuction procedure instead of simply taking a course online.
It is not important for a doctor to be licensed as a plastic surgeon specifically in order to perform liposuction. Rather, many excellent liposuction surgeons are dermatologists, general surgeons, gynecologists or practitioners of internal or family medicine by specialty. As long as the doctor has undergone intensive training in performing liposuction and other pertinent skills, such as the proper administration of anesthesia, he or she can be a qualified liposuction surgeon.
Aside from knowledge in liposuction, surgeons should possess a basic training in emergency treatment so that they will know how to respond in the case of surgical emergencies and complications. A certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is especially desirable.
Not everything can be taught in medical school just as not everything about a surgeon can be researched online. The right attitude, for example, is something that not every surgeon possesses and only something you can discern via consultation, yet this can be very important. A good liposuction surgeon is someone who is not arrogant or boastful nor overly friendly, but rather is honest about the risks of the procedure and his or her own limitations, listens attentively, and is dedicated to putting your safety above all other concerns.
Record and Reputation
Try to find out whether or not the surgeon has a good reputation among his or her colleagues and previous patients. What do other people say about him or her?
You should also check if the surgeon has been involved in lawsuits previously or has received a number of customer complaints, though you should also check the validity of your surgeon’s involvement in them, as well as the number of previous patients who have had to undergo hospitalization or a second procedure to achieve satisfactory results.
One way to get an idea of which liposuction surgeon to consider is to get a referral, either from people you know who have gone through liposuction or from your doctors.
Who To Avoid
Avoid liposuction surgeons who try to sell themselves a bit too much, making claims that they are the best or that their techniques and equipment are superior to others. Avoid, too, surgeons who perform too many liposuction procedures a day or a week, since this can increase the likelihood of human error, as well as surgeons who have a tendency to combine liposuction with other cosmetic procedures.
While it is perfectly alright for a liposuction surgeon to recommend a certain technique both for the surgery and the usage of anesthesia, as well as part of the post operative care, your surgeon should be open to your requests as long as your health is not endangered. Surgeons who are single-minded or insist on only one technique should also be avoided.