3 Questions to Ask Your Liposuction Surgeon

June 14, 2017

Before undergoing liposuction, it’s important to understand the risks and rewards of the procedure and have realistic expectations for how your shape will change. Ask these three questions to enrich your understanding and find peace of mind you are doing the right thing.

  1. Are you certified by ABPS, the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

The American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies plastic surgeons who have demonstrated expertise in their field. To obtain certification, plastic surgeons must meet a strict set of criteria. When someone is board certified, you can trust their experience and training.

  1. Are the results of the procedure permanent?

When you’re investing time and money in an elective medical procedure, like liposuction, it’s important that you understand the results. Liposuction removes fat cells for good. However, you’ll still have fatty tissue on the body and this tissue can expand if you gain weight following liposuction. Additionally, it’s natural for your body to change as you age. Your plastic surgeon will explain the risk of weight gain after liposuction and discuss ways to stay in shape.

  1. Where do you perform the surgery?

For peace of mind, make sure the plastic surgeon works out of an accredited facility. This ensures your safety and comfort beforehand, during the procedure, and while you are in recovery.

Liposuction is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you will not stay in the surgical suite overnight. Once you are out of the anesthesia, you will leave. Since you will be woozy, you cannot drive home. Arrange for someone to take you home ahead of time.

By asking these questions before committing to a plastic surgeon, you can learn important information, gain confidence in the surgeon performing the procedure, and manage your expectations for after liposuction.