As the most popular body contouring procedure in plastic surgery, liposuction is regularly performed on men and women of all ages. Known for effectively and permanently removing fat deposits and reshaping various areas of the body, patients who undergo liposuction are typically very satisfied with their results. However, like many surgical procedures, some people often wonder about the safety of liposuction.
Generally, the success and safety of liposuction depend on the following:
1. The knowledge and skill of your plastic surgeon
It’s important to choose a surgeon who comprehensively understands liposuction and will be able to accurately answer all of your questions and decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Making sure the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is also crucial. This shows that the surgeon has gone through rigorous training, as well as written and oral examinations by surgeons who are already board certified in plastic surgery.
2. The experience of the staff
A plastic surgeon’s staff also plays a significant role in the safety of a liposuction procedure. From the employee working at the front desk, to the surgical assistants, every person in the surgeon’s practice must be well-trained at what they do. The experience of the anesthesiologist is also very important if the procedure is performed under general anesthesia.
3. The patient’s ability to follow instructions
Not to be understated, each patient is expected to follow postoperative guidelines in order to ensure the safest recovery possible. Although the exact instructions will be discussed during the consultation, patients can generally expect to do the following for the first week of recovery.
- Get plenty of rest
- Keep the incision sites clean
- Take prescribed medication
- Wear compression garments
- Limit physical activity
- Attend scheduled follow-up appointments
If you’re having trouble losing stubborn fat deposits through diet and exercise, we encourage you to schedule your liposuction consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Roussalis. Call (307) 234-4585 or fill out our online contact form today. Certified by the ABPS, Dr. Roussalis and his experienced staff look forward to meeting you and providing you with the safest results possible.