What Should You Ask a Cosmetic Surgeon before Having Liposuction?

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Step one of your liposuction journey is your initial consultation. This first meeting with your surgeon is your opportunity to gather all of the information you need to determine if liposuction is right for you and to take the next steps toward your ideal figure. This makes it even more important to make the most of your consultation.

When you’re planning your visit, come armed with liposuction consultation questions to ask your cosmetic surgeon while you discuss your potential surgery. Qualifications, results, recovery are all important, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Read on for more liposuction consultation questions to bring with you during your consult.

What Are Your Qualifications?

Your top concern when you’re planning your liposuction consultation questions should be your surgeon’s credentials. Ask about certifications, continuing education, experience performing liposuction, specialized training, before and after photos of previous clients – don’t leave a single stone unturned. You want to make sure that your surgeon has all of the necessary skills and abilities to do an excellent job for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

The next question to ask your cosmetic surgeon is, “Am I a good candidate for liposuction?” Although liposuction is often colloquially referred to as a weight loss surgery, it’s truly a cosmetic procedure, helping to remove small pockets of stubborn fat and to contour the body closer to your ideal shape. It most definitely is not a weight loss procedure and should not be used as one.

Men and women who are close to their goal weight and have maintained that weight often see the best results from liposuction.

The best liposuction candidates are also in good overall physical and mental health, and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle prior to surgery. It’s also important to have realistic expectations of what liposuction can help you achieve as well as what it can’t.

How Will Happen During My Surgery?

Next on your list of liposuction consultation questions should be details about the liposuction procedure, specifically as it relates to you. Your cosmetic surgeon will explain the liposuction process, all the while relating it to your own potential experience.

Tumescent liposuction uses a saline solution to help break apart subcutaneous fat cells, typically on the love handles, back, inner or outer thighs, upper arms and upper neck. These fat cells are then removed through suction while the tumescent solution helps to control bleeding. Your cosmetic surgeon can provide more details that pertain uniquely to you and could recommend any additional procedure(s) that may help maximize your overall results.

What Reasonable Results Can I Expect?

During your liposuction consultation, your cosmetic surgeon will also help you determine what outcomes you can realistically expect from your liposuction surgery. Every case is unique, but generally, you can expect a slimmer, more toned appearance after several weeks or months of healing.

What Will My Recovery Be Like?

Those weeks or months of healing can be imperative to your health and your results. Follow your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions for recovery carefully. Generally, you can expect to see bruising and swelling after surgery, which can usually be managed with oral pain medication. A compression garment can also help you control swelling over the first few weeks, as well as help you expel any remaining tumescent fluid and encourage your skin and tissue to find the shape of your newly created contours.

Be prepared for your consult with your cosmetic surgeon with these liposuction consultation questions. With these questions answered, you can feel confident that you’ve gotten the information you need and gotten the most out of your time with the surgeon.

What Should You Ask a Cosmetic Surgeon before Having Liposuction?
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What Should You Ask a Cosmetic Surgeon before Having Liposuction?
Preparing liposuction consultation questions for your consult? Dr. James Koehler of Fairhope, AL has a few questions you'll want to make sure you get answered.
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