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What are the qualifications required for a surgeon to perform liposuction?

Even though many practitioners perform liposuction, most of them should not be doing liposuction. Plastic surgeons have specialized training to perform liposuction as a component of their medical education. There are many practitioners who advertise their services and portray themselves as world-class plastic surgeons but most of them are either inexperienced, unskilled, and untrained general doctors, or they are unlicensed practitioners.

Liposuction performed by unlicensed and inexperienced practitioners can create life-threatening complications for you. Therefore, it is highly important to do your research and check the credentials of the plastic surgeon if you are seriously considering liposuction.

Visit the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to find reliable, experienced, trained, and Board-Certified plastic surgeons. You can be assured that surgeons who are accredited members of this association have the necessary training, skills and experience to ensure your safety and deliver the amazing results you need.

Before your initial consultation, draw up a list of questions to ask the plastic surgeon so that you can have a better understanding of the procedure you wish to undergo and the surgeon who will perform it. You can ask questions about the surgery, the recovery, whether you are an ideal candidate, scarring, the doctor’s experience, the number of patients treated, doctor’s credentials, and Board Certification. Do not be afraid to ask questions. It enables you to make an informed decision.

It is important for people considering liposuction to know exactly who can perform a liposuction. While general physicians also claim to perform liposuction, you should steer clear of them. Liposuction is performed properly by a licensed plastic surgeon. Additionally, liposuction surgeons often undergo specific trainings in different plastic surgery procedures. This helps decrease the risks associated with the procedure.

The plastic surgeon must have undergone in-depth training in liposuction and other procedures, besides having high-level training in cardiac life support. During and after liposuction, there is a risk that the patient may experience cardiac problems. A surgeon trained in cardiac life support can manage any such risks. Also, you should choose a surgeon with extensive classroom teaching and experience in liposuction. There are many surgeons who specialize in liposuction. Choosing a liposuction specialist will ensure your safety and deliver better aesthetic results.

Any licensed doctor is legally allowed to carry out liposuction and there are many general physicians who call themselves liposuction surgeon. In truth, they lack the deep knowledge and extensive experience needed to safely perform a liposuction procedure.

There are also many plastic surgeons that specialize in other plastic surgery procedures but not in liposuction. They too can generally offer liposuction treatment services. It is best if you run a background check to establish and validate credentials and experience of their past patients. This is particularly important if you are looking for large volume liposuction.

When it comes to the surgical techniques, different plastic surgeons use different techniques to carry out the procedure. There are some techniques that are considered safer than others. In order to stay safe and get better results with liposuction, choose only a Board-Certified plastic surgeon to perform the surgery.


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