17 Nov Top 10 Questions You Should Ask About Liposuction
Liposuction can seem like a daunting cosmetic surgery procedure. Below are the top 10 things that you should ask your Long Beach liposuction doctor prior to deciding to move ahead.
How long does the liposuction procedure take?
Traditional liposuction typically takes less than 2 hours to complete. If large areas or multiple areas are being treated at the same time, the procedure can take longer. Also, ultrasound assisted liposuction and tumescent liposuction both take longer than traditional techniques, about 1 ½ to 3 ½ hours and 4 to 5 hours respectively.
Can I have liposuction at the same time as another cosmetic procedure?
It is common to have particularly a tummy tuck and breast lift done at the same time. Your doctor will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for multiple procedures.
How many liposuction procedures do you do each year? How many years of experience do you have doing liposuction?
Both of these are very important questions to ask your physician if you are considering any type of medical procedure. The experience and skill of your doctor will directly affect the results. Your personal doctor should be able to endorse one of their colleagues. You can also contact national and local associations for recommendations. This person should have direct experience with plastic surgery as well as being board certified by reputable institutes.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity; it is best used to treat stubborn, excess fat deposits not resolved by exercise and diet. The best candidates are already healthy and exercise regularly and have realistic expectations of the procedures’ results.
What steps do I need to take to prepare for my surgery?
Prior to surgery you should first and foremost quit smoking. Smoking can prolong healing of wounds. You may need to stop taking certain medications as they can cause bleeding issues during surgery. Do not eat 6-12 hours prior to the procedure.
What techniques do you use? Are they cutting edge?
Do your research into the different techniques available. The latest and most popular include: Tumescent, Ultrasound, Vaser and Laser liposuction.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
With continued healthy eating and diet, the effects of the liposuction are permanent. This procedure helps to smooth and contour the skin; the result is a dramatic improvement in appearance.
Are there complications of liposuction? If so, what?
Some of the possible complications are swelling, blood clots, dizziness after surgery, changes in the sensation of the skin of the treated areas, pigment changes, asymmetry, embolism and infection.
Will I have a lot of pain after my surgery?
Pain will vary among patients. The discomfort is most concentrated 2-4 days following liposuction. The treated areas will be tender and sore but will slowly heal from 4 to 8 weeks.
What can I expect during my recovery time?
Most doctors like to keep the patient in the hospital overnight to monitor their response to the surgery. The next day, you will receive medication to help with the pain and swelling as well as a special garment to assist in supporting the treated area. Normally you can return to work within a few day and light exercise a week after the procedure. You should allow a few weeks before resuming normal activities. Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice: rapid or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, chest pains, infection, bleeding or severe or chronic pain
Any medical procedure requires the patient to ask a lot of questions and conduct research of their own. For more information on liposuction or to consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in the Long Beach California area contact Ulmer Dermatology.