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what questions should i ask before liposuction?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
? 2 self & ? 2 Doc: There are questions you should ask yourself such as have you done your best to achieve overall weight control through diet & exercise, then ask yourself if you have realistic expectations. Then there are questions to your doctor such as the risks, alternatives and benefits of surgery. Reviewing photos of similar body shaped individuals as well as referrals are an important part of the evaluation.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Many: You should ask your board certified plastic surgeon all the questions you can think of. It is important to know if you are a good candidate, if you are at your ideal weight, type of liposuction and anesthesia, experience, before and after photos, recovery time, etc...
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Experience: Liposuction is very safe and effective if performed by an experienced and qualified physician using local tumescent anesthesia. Ask the doctor where they got their training (in formalized residency or fellowship, not a weekend course), how many cases they've done, complications, how many "redos", pictures of before and afters, if under local or general anesthesia (more dangerous under general).

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there big risks to liposuction?

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Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: It depends on your overall health, and how much liposuction is being done. In general, if you are healthy and do not undergo large volume liposuction, it is a relatively safe procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. I recommend discussing your personal situation with a board certified plastic surgeon who could explain the risks and come up with the best treatment plan for you.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there liposuction complications that happen often?

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Dr. Jon Perlman
Plastic Surgery 48 years experience
Not if done properly: Complications from liposuction are very rare if patient and doctor selection are made carefully. For example a patient with loose skin after weight loss is not a very good candidate for lipo whereas someone with good skin elasticity and localized extra fat is. An unskilled surgeon or a poor candidate for the procedure can cause bad results and even complications. Choose wisely!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can liposuction leave you disfigured?

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Dr. Alan Chen
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends: If improperly done by someone who is not a board certified plastic surgeon, then yes.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What happens to the fat after liposuction?

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Dr. Brian Klink
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Permanent removal: The fat that is removed is permanently gone. The remaining fat cells (not all are removed in any area) may still get larger with weight gain, but the proportions should be much better.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the earliest stage to have liposuction?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Age 18, if needed: If you are at or close to ideal weight, have localized excess fatty tissues, and have good overlying skin tone, you are a good candidate to see an abps-certified plastic surgeon experienced in the various liposuction techniques that might be appropriate for you. Liposuction is not a weight-loss technique.

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