The qualifications of liposuction doctors will largely determine the success rate of your surgery. For this reason, their education, training, certification, and experience will be the most crucial variables you should look into, while the price and “celebrity” status must be treated with less importance.
- Board certification
A board certification in plastic surgery means the surgeon has adequate training relevant to the field. Take note that some states allow any licensed doctor to offer cosmetic surgeries even if his specialty is “non-surgical.”
According to surveys, non-specialists contribute to the vast majority of botched plastic surgeries. Meanwhile, surgeons who have passed the rigorous exams of the American Board of Plastic Surgery have a notably low complication rate because of their extensive training in using sterile equipment and surgical techniques.
- Relevant training
Expertise in diagnosis and emergency management of surgical and postop complications, and residency training in plastic surgery that includes liposuction and body contouring procedures are the qualifications your surgeon should possess.
Of course, extensive hands-on liposuction training is also essential.
Pick a doctor who performs liposuction on a regular basis. Take note that cosmetic plastic surgeons often perform a wide range of aesthetic procedures, so it makes sense to choose someone who focuses on fat removal.
- Hospital privilege and facility accreditation
Board-certified plastic surgeons only operate in accredited, Medicare-certified, and/or state-licensed facilities. Keep in mind that accreditation means that the surgical center or hospital has met patient-safety standards and sanitation and building codes.
- Reliable references
While your general physician or friend’s recommendation is a good place to start, you should always verify if your doctor is “appropriately” board certified. You may want to visit the website of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which allows the public to check if their plastic surgeon is the “real deal.”
- Good rapport
Choosing the “right” surgeon may seem like selecting a good-fitting shoe; it’s primarily about finding a good match based on your size and measurement. For this reason, even a highly reputable liposuction doctor is not the “right one” for every patient.
You and your surgeon must have good communications and rapport, which according to studies can lead to high patient satisfaction. The idea is that both parties agree on realistic goals and communicate their feelings well.
- Keen eye for detail
Body contouring surgeries require a good eye for detail since the goal is to improve one’s figure in the most natural way possible. In liposuction, it is important to create smooth results and preserve the natural contours and valleys of the body.