Questions to ask your liposuction surgeon before heading into the OR
It is no surprise why liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the nation. This fat removal surgery typically provides long-lasting results that are noticeable almost immediately, and due to new methods of liposuction, requires a shorter recovery period than in the past. Liposuction is individually tailored to suit each patient’s needs and desired aesthetic outcome, therefore every session is different. That is why it is a good idea to ask important questions about the procedure before heading into the operating room. The board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ, have compiled a list of the top questions patients have asked in advance of their liposuction surgeries.
What are the surgeon’s credentials?
Inside the operating room is not the ideal place to find yourself wondering whether you know enough about your surgeon’s education, how long he or she has practiced medicine, and in what field they specialize. Get familiar with their background well in advance, preferably during your first in-office consultation, by inquiring about any board or other certifications they hold and which liposuction techniques they use. Also ask about previous and ongoing training that they have received, especially in the area of liposuction surgery. A qualified greater New Jersey liposuction surgeon will clearly and concisely address all of your questions and provide the information you need in order to feel confident about their knowledge and abilities.
What does a liposuction procedure entail?
While the answer to this question may seem obvious at first, it is one that you and your surgeon should discuss at length. In preparing mentally and physically for the procedure, be certain that you clearly and thoroughly understand which liposuction techniques the surgeon will use, where on the body incisions will be made, how much fat will be removed, and what to expect during and after surgery. In the process of removing fat cells, the board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group are able to craft a smoother, slimmer, and more symmetrical-looking appearance for patients.
How knowledgeable are you about this procedure?
Your surgeon is likely well-versed in numerous procedures, but exactly how much experience does he or she have performing liposuction surgery? There definitely are many liposuction surgeons practicing throughout the greater New Jersey area, and some have more experience than others. Be sure to ask how many liposuctions your surgeon has performed throughout their career, as well as how frequently they do them. Make certain that they have had significant hands-on involvement in a wide range of liposuction cases, and possess a vast knowledge about the complexity of the procedure. This information will help put your mind at ease, and work to ensure that you receive outstanding service and results.
May I view before-and-after photos?
Reputable surgeons will gladly share before-and-after photos with patients - and you definitely should request to see them. Doing so will provide you with some insight about how your body may look following liposuction. It will also give you an opportunity to assess the surgeon’s skill level in advance of your procedure. If you have questions, comments or concerns based on anything you observe in the photos, be sure to bring them to the surgeon’s attention.
How long will the surgery and recovery time be?
Asking these questions well in advance of liposuction surgery will help you better understand and prepare for the procedure. The duration of the surgery will depend on various factors, including the amount of fat that is removed as well as the number of areas being treated. Similarly, recovery time is different for every patient in New Jersey and also dependent upon the treatment as well as an individual’s overall health. Advanced planning should make both processes go smoothly and allow you to get the most out of your procedure.
What can I expect during recovery?
Some bruising and swelling in and around the treated areas should be expected following surgery, which may persist for several days or weeks. The surgeon may provide a compression garment for you to wear to help lessen the swelling. Above all, be certain to adhere closely to the post-operative care instructions provided to you by the board certified surgeons at The Peer Group to ensure a smooth recovery process.
Will my body look different after the surgery?
Setting realistic expectations about your body’s appearance following liposuction is extremely important. Although the procedure does remove unwanted fat, it does not rid your entire body of all fat. Once your swelling lessens, you will be able to fully appreciate the results of your successful liposuction procedure.
How costly is liposuction and is financing available?
Depending on the areas to be treated and the amount of liposuction that your surgeon determines should be performed, the total cost of treatment can vary. Following your consultation, you will be provided with a detailed explanation of pricing. At this time, you may also wish to request information about payment plans and financing options that are available.
Still wondering if liposuction is the correct choice for you? Please call The Peer Group in Florham Park, NJ. We invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons, who can discuss lipo procedures in detail and assist you in determining whether it will help you obtain the sculpted results that you seek. Discover why patients throughout New Jersey trust us to provide them with beautiful, natural results.
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.