The debate in your mind about whether to get cosmetic surgery done may rage silently while you’re driving to work, cleaning the house or pounding away on the elliptical machine – should I, or shouldn’t I? The pros and cons of plastic surgery can’t be evaluated properly without accurate information about the procedure in question. Here we provide 6 questions you should definitely ask your doctor about liposuction plastic surgery.
Were you trained specifically in lipoplasty, and how many years of experience do you have practicing?
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that, if improperly performed, can be difficult to fix. If too much fat is removed, for example, unnatural-looking lumps and dimpling may give the body an undesired silhouette. It’s perfectly reasonable to ask your surgeon how many procedures he or she performs each year.
How exactly will you perform my surgery?
There are many different liposuction techniques, all of which should result in inconspicuous scars. Single port liposuction is a method by which fat is removed from many different areas of the body via a single incision. Tumescent liposuction breaks apart fat cells for easier removal and more even results, while the ultrasonic technique may work best on muscular areas. Your surgeon should choose the method(s) based on an evaluation of your body and your goals.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction plastic surgery?
The cynic in you probably expects all surgeons to say yes, but the fact is they won’t – if only to avoid complications later. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, nor does it remove loose skin or tighten flaccid tummy muscles. If you need any of these, you might not be a good candidate, or you may need additional complementary surgeries.
What is the recovery period like?
You might have heard that lipo has very little downtime, yet you can definitely expect some pain, bruising and swelling. Wearing a compression garment will help, but it will be a couple of weeks before you’re fully your old self again – minus the unsightly bulges, of course.
Will this make me feel better about myself?
While one of the goals of any cosmetic surgery is to enhance your self-image, plastic surgery is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle (diet, exercise) or for emotional and mental wellbeing. If you are considering body contouring with the expectation that it will solve all your problems, please be cautioned: it’s just body contouring.
What’s the financial bottom line?
While you may not be able to put a price tag on looking and feeling your best, the fact is, plastic surgeons do. Ask your surgeon what exactly the fees include and whether you can get revisions done if the results do not meet your expectations.
Do you have more questions about liposuction plastic surgery?
Although we have listed some of the things to ask your Doctor before liposuction, we understand that you may have more questions. It is understandable to have numerous questions before a procedure. At Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery, we know that you may have questions to ask. That’s why Dr. Dickie will sit with you during your consultation and answer all your questions.