The success of your liposuction or any type of body contouring largely depends on the skills of your plastic surgeon. But what are the qualifications you should really look into and how you should weigh each of them to come up with a sound decision?
- Focus on the experience of your liposuction doctor.
The general rule of thumb is to select someone certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). You can visit their website to check if your doctor is board certified.
It is equally important that your doctor is performing liposuction on a regular basis for at least five years. Take note that experience is the best way to sharpen anyone’s skills, which are crucial in cosmetic plastic surgery which combines art and science.
Meanwhile, avoid non-specialists and doctors whose only qualification is a five-day training because they account for the vast majority of botched results.
- Look at his before-and-after photos.
Pictures can reveal a lot about your doctor’s artistic skills, or lack thereof. Nowadays, many surgeons post their “works” online to brandish their talents.
The “after” photos should look natural and should have no sign of over-correction—i.e., gaunt appearance. The results must also look smooth and tight, with no residual fat rolls and visible skin asymmetries.
- Choose a surgeon who will prioritize your safety above all else.
Prudent surgeons know that there is a safety limit on the maximum amount of suctioned fat, and will discourage or turn down anyone who insists to undergo large volume liposuction performed on a single day.
Good surgeons also give much importance to proper patient selection, preparation, conservative approach (i.e., avoiding unrelated procedures at the time of surgery), and postop care.
- Choose a doctor who only performs surgeries in a hospital or accredited surgical center.
All “bona fide” plastic surgeons are required to have their surgeries in hospitals or accredited surgical facilities, which adhere to patient safety standards and building codes.
- Avoid over-confident surgeons.
While liposuction safety has significantly improved over the past several years, take note that any surgery has its own risks particularly if the surgeon fails to recognize the anatomical limits and attempts large volume fat removal due to his belief that he has the best training.
Choose a liposuction surgeon who thinks that your safety is the be-all and end-all of his practice.