Choosing a Surgeon for Your Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction can be performed on all areas of the body, so you can be treated for one particular area or multiple areas. The length of time for the actual procedure, recovery time and costs will also vary depending on how many areas are treated. It also is very common to have liposuction done simultaneously with other plastic surgery procedures such as a breast lift or body reconstruction surgery. All these factors tie in the importance of selecting a skilled Board-Certified Plastic surgeon when considering liposuction or any other surgical procedure.
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes fat deposits from beneath the skin. Ideal candidates for this treatment are women or men with isolated areas of fat that haven't responded to diet and exercise. Every type of surgery carries some level of risk, and liposuction is no exception. In some rare cases, patients have experienced infections, fluid imbalances, shock, blood clots, hematoma, temporary discoloration and numbness, perforation wounds, adverse anesthesia reactions, swelling, dimpling, asymmetry, wrinkling, surface irregularities and even death. This should not defer you from having this procedure as long as you are choosing a board certified plastic surgeon. It is a very common procedure and according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Liposuction is in the top 5 cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the United States with over 203,000 procedures in 2010 which is up 2% from 2009. The southeast region accounts for 22% of all liposuction performed in the United States, so Florida is a hot spot for these procedures and any board certified surgeon should have significant experience. A good question to ask your surgeon is how many liposuction procedures he/she performs in the course of a year.
Before you schedule an appointment with a doctor, take advantage of FloridaPlasticSurgeons.com's pre-screened list of Board-Certified plastic surgeons. All of these doctors have received extensive training and are highly experienced in performing liposuction procedures. This includes body contouring, body sculpting or a specific spot-reduction. They use many different techniques such as laser liposuction, ultrasound liposuction, and water- assisted liposuction just to name a few. Your surgeon can decipher if you are an ideal candidate for these types of procedures and the best method to use for the fat removal. There are also some non-invasive body contouring options that can be an alternative to more traditional methods. Some of the names you may recognize are Cool Laser, Zerona, and Zeltig. There is quite a bit of buzz about this in the field. You may want to talk with your doctor during your consultation to see which method or combination of methods would best suit your particular situation and would give you the best results.