Considering Liposuction Surgery?

Important Information If You Are Considering Liposuction

Experience

When considering liposuction surgery, there are several things you should think about. How long has your plastic surgeon been in practice? How many of these procedures does he/she perform regularly? Are you able to view before and after results? Experience by itself does not guarantee a good surgical outcome and natural results, but it certainly can help. I have been practicing plastic surgery for 25 years, and I pride myself on the fact that I stay current on the most updated techniques and don't allow myself to get stuck in a rut. The goal is to be challenged every day in order to find new and better ways to achieve the best results for my patients.

I believe in pushing the envelope in order to keep patient down time to an absolute minimum. I also strive for excellent clinical results as well as minimizing any surgical complications and the need for reoperation. When looking at new techniques I carefully review all available data to make a decision as to whether or not this technique (or device) will have a positive impact on my patients and if any additional costs are justified compared to standard options. My number one consideration is the patient's best interest. I'm typically not the first to jump on the bandwagon for new things until they have proven track records.

When I was in residency in plastic surgery I was among the first group to be taught about liposuction during formal training. This technology, although incredibly commonplace today, is really a relatively new procedure. The technique I currently use involves standard tumescent liposuction (similar to what you may have seen on Discovery Channel) in combination with ultrasonic treatment of the fatty layer. The ultrasonic treatment helps to break up or fragment the fatty layer, making it easier to remove with the standard liposuction cannula. The advantage of using ultrasonic assisted liposuction is that since the ultrasound makes it easier to remove, there is less trauma to the tissues – a kinder, gentler form of liposuction, with less bruising and discomfort – and therefore easier and quicker healing.

You may have heard or read about SmartLipo and Lipodissolve. SmartLipo is essentially the same thing as the Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL) that I use except that it uses a laser to loosen or break up the fatty layer. It has been marketed heavily and there is more expense involved because of the use of the laser. Lipodissolve involves the injection of chemicals into specific fatty areas to spot reduce the fat volume in these areas. Although there have been reports of limited success in specific areas in specific patients, there is to date no good data to support the effectiveness and safety of this procedure. I suspect this technique will ultimately be most useful to treat areas of asymmetry following liposuction. When the safety data comes in, I will begin to offer this treatment to appropriate patients, but not before.

To successfully perform liposuction a surgeon must have an innate artistic ability. The three-dimensional sculpting involved cannot be taught. You either have it or you don’t. I am fortunate to have natural artistic ability which greatly contributes to the results we achieve. I encourage you to check out our before and after photos.

Board Certification

Plastic surgeons are all different relative to their training, how current their techniques are, their experience and surgical capabilities. Plastic surgery is a complicated specialty, so it's not possible to be a master of all areas including childhood surgery, cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. When considering a plastic surgery procedure, you should consult the American Board of Plastic Surgery to ensure that the surgeon you choose is board certified by this organization. Understand that the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery is not one of the 23 Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

There are bogus boards that exist with members who are not plastic surgeons at all - they might be a dermatologist, an OBGYN, a general surgeon or other type of physician. But, they don't have plastic surgery training or board certification in this field. You should trust your surgical procedure to a plastic surgeon who performs numerous cases every year with good outcomes and low complication rates. It is also wise to ask for before and after photos as well as patient testimonials before you make your decision.

Most importantly, you should be personally comfortable with the plastic surgeon you choose. Having surgery is a major, life-altering decision you cannot take lightly. Be sure all of your questions are answered to your liking before you make your decision. I always strive to treat our patients with respect and kindness as well as explain the details of their surgery in simple language in order to put them at ease.

Cost

No doubt about it, cosmetic surgery is expensive. Liposuction is paid out-of-pocket by the patient and is not covered by health insurance. While our pricing is generally competitive with other plastic surgeons in the Indianapolis area, we may be slightly higher in some instances. I feel that our experience combined with our low complication rate and excellent outcomes far outweigh our fees. Having surgery - of any kind - is not the place to look for the best pricing deal. We believe in the old saying: you get what you pay for.

Every week I see patients who sought out the "better deal" and consequently had complications and/or now need a surgical revision. That is time-consuming for them and also very expensive. Beware great deals and heavily discounted surgery offers.

When you call for your consultation, we can usually give you an idea of the potential costs for your surgery. When you come in to meet with us, we can give you a hard cost, which will include the surgery fee, the anesthesiologist fee and the surgery center costs. We can also provide you with financing options that may be available to you.

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