If you’ve been following our blogs, you recognise that Surgeon’s are not all alike. You’ll also be aware that one of the best choices you can make in terms of choosing your Surgeon for Liposuction is to select a doctor who has your best interests at heart – e.g, a Surgeon who approaches body contouring in an entirely holistic manner.
You’ll also want to ensure that he or she operates in a sterile environment and has your safety in mind at all times.
So what ARE the 7 Secrets of great Liposuction Surgeons?
According to our blogging team and Melbourne’s Body Contouring Doctor here at Coco Ruby are what we consider to be the 7 Secrets of Top Liposuction Surgeons.
1. Liposuction Patient Selection
- A good Surgeon will understand that liposuction is for body contouring, not for weight loss.
- A great Surgeon will also let you know why you are – or are not – a good candidate for Lipo
- A fantastic Surgeon will know support teams to help you move into the stage of being suitable for liposuction or other body contouring procedures (such as healthy nutritional changes by people like Dr Arun Dhir).
Synopsis of Point 1: A great Liposuction Surgeon should be able to help you understand what is an ‘ideal’ or ‘practical’ body weight, and stable Body Mass Index (BMI), that leaves you a good candidate for Liposuction surgery and/or other forms of body contouring.
2. The Importance of Maintaining you ‘Happy Weight’
- A good Liposuction Surgeon will understand how body contouring will impact your overall physique and areas where excess body fat has accumulated, including the contributing factors;
- A great Liposuction Surgeon also knows that the best results from liposuction surgery are typically attained by people who are close to their “happy weight” but with certain areas of ‘stubborn fat’ they want reduced.
Synopsis of Point 2: Some Surgeons are indiscriminate about who they operate on. This means they are unlikely to get satisfactory results for patients, and it can even be dangerous. So be sure you choose a Liposuction Surgeon or Body Contouring Surgeon who has criteria for surgery; if your surgeon says he’ll operate on you when you know you are no where near your ‘happy weight’ and where your BMI is dangerously high, you might want to get a second or third opinion.
3. The Value of a Gentle Approach to Fat Reduction
Liposuction is, by nature, not necessarily a gentle surgery, per se. However, it is considered less invasive than a Tummy Tuck or other surgical excision method of fat and skin reductions. That’s because the cannula for body contouring via fat cell reduction enters the body through a small incision, leaving a very small scar that fades nicely for most patients. As the surgery involves multiple passes of the cannula to specific parts of the body to help suction out the excess fat cells, a Surgeon’s technique can make a difference in how you feel afterwards. Some Surgeons are gentle in their approach, and others may seem ‘excessively rough’ in their liposuction cannula handling techniques.
- A good Liposuction Surgeon knows that there will be less bruising and bleeding if a gentle approach is used.
- However, it’s likely you will feel quite sore after liposuction whilst you heal. This can last for several weeks.
- That’s because even though their is a small insertion incision and not a big incision line, it’s still a serious surgery (that has risks).
But remember, every patient’s experience is different because every patient is unique – that includes pain levels, scars, healing times, risks and outcomes or results.
- A Great Surgeon knows how to help you manage your recovery, including how long to wear the liposuction garments after your Surgery, how long before the bruising or swelling resolves, what you can personally do to heal a bit faster (ask about the Rapid Recovery kit and/or Healite II treatments), and how long you’ll need to abstain from your normal activities and exercise.
Synopsis of Point 3: Surgery is a collaborative effort. Some things are under your Surgeon’s control and some things under your control; however, a gentle approach will typically cause less bruising and less bleeding. So ask your Surgeon about their techniques.
4. Tumescent Solutions and the Right Anaesthetic
- The use of tumescent solutions of local anaesthetic and adrenaline are often more comfortable AND studies indicate this is also potentially safer for the patient.
- Find a good Surgeon who uses evidence-based medicine and proven techniques.
- Ask who the Anaesthetist will be (you really don’t want to try liposuction using the ‘awake’ surgery method – not recommended by our blogging team!)
- Ask about your Surgeon’s knowledge and strategies for management of post-op discomfort.
Synopsis of Point 4: A good Surgeon uses evidenced based medicine. A great Surgeon can tell you why they do what they do, in a way that you can easily understand it; and customises the procedure to suit your needs. They will also have a refined technique, holistic care approach and a gentler method of using the cannula when possible.
5. Pre-operative assessment; Post Operative Care
Your pre-operative assessment and your post-op care is as important as your actual surgery procedure, because BOTH the consultation and the follow-up can have an impact on your results. You’ll want to choose a Surgeon with a good ‘bed side’ or ‘chair side’ manner.
Synopsis of Point 5: You will also want to enquire about their post-surgery care and how they will handle any potential complications or discomfort after surgery.
6. Anatomy And Expertise; Knowing What Lipo Can (and can’t) Accomplish.
Liposuction, again, is not for everybody. It’s also no substitute for weight loss efforts such as good nutrition and regular exercising.
- A good Surgeon will know when to say “no” – and this capability is as important as knowing when to say “yes”
- A great Surgeon will also continually pursue advanced training in liposuction technologies and other body contouring procedures, so they can help determine which patients – and which areas of that patient’s body – will actually respond well to the surgery (or when to refer to a Plastic Surgeon for a Tummy Tuck or Belt Lipectomy).
Synopsis of Point 6: Don’t be dismayed if your Surgeon tells you it’s not the right time for you to have Liposuction, or that Liposuction isn’t the best surgery for what you’re wanting to achieve.
And don’t expect miracles. Remember that every person is unique and every surgery outcome will vary from patient to patient. Liposculpting =body contouring will work best if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, stable weight and stable BMI over time. Life events such as pregnancy, menopause or yo-yo-weight changes will all likely impact negatively on your results.
7. Patients Deserve Patience – It’s all about Time
- For a good result, your Liposuction Surgeon should block adequate time and take their time during your surgery.
- That’s because getting a great lipo result with as minimal bruising or bleeding as possible requires care and consideration for patient safety AND final contouring results.
- Going slowly is also the key to a great result; smaller cannulas, more careful contouring of the body are all finesse body sculpting techniques to remove the right amount of fat from the right places; in the safest way possible.
- Again, every patient is different and there are risks; and surgery is always a collaborative effort between patient and Surgeon. But be sure your Surgeon cares more about your surgery than about scheduling their day to the brim. A Good (or event Great) Surgeon and hospital or clinic room may run behind schedule on the surgery day – that’s not a bad sign, it means they took the time they needed with each patient. So stay calm and relaxed on your surgery day!
Synopsis of Point 7: Good liposuction surgery is not rushed surgery. From the pre-surgery consultation to the surgery planning markups to the surgery itself, a great Liposuction Surgeon will take the time it takes to get you a good result. So don’t shop for bargain lipo surgery – go for quality and reputation so that you’ll have a higher likelihood of being satisfied with your results.
Do you have stubborn areas of excess body fat? Are you considering Liposuction?
- Would you like to schedule a no-obligation appointment to see what liposuction body contouring surgery can do for YOUR physique?
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