The first step in the liposuction process is having a consultation with your plastic surgeon. While the doctor will certainly ask you questions regarding your health, medical history and desired outcome, it is equally important that you ask questions as well. The initial consultation should provide you with all of the relevant information you need regarding your liposuction procedure. To ensure that you get all of this vital information, be sure to ask your surgeon these important questions:
HOW MANY LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURES HAVE YOU PERFORMED?
Because liposuction is such a popular procedure, and almost all plastic surgeons offer this service, many candidates assume that all surgeons have the same amount of expertise and experience in this area. This is simply untrue. Surgeons offering various services to their clientele do just that — they perform many different procedures, some of the time. A surgeon that focuses specifically on liposuction has much more experience doing it than a general cosmetic surgeon. Because a liposuction-focused surgeon performs more procedures every year, that surgeon is much more likely to have the skill and experience necessary to achieve greater results.
ARE YOU BOARD CERTIFIED?
Unfortunately, the only legal qualification necessary for a surgeon to perform liposuction is a medical license. However, it is of the utmost importance that your surgeon be a board certified plastic surgeon. Being board certified means that your doctor has been vetted by leading members in their field and has met the requirements of expertise, education and experience required for their approval.
HOW MUCH IS THIS GOING TO COST?
Often during initial consultations about liposuction, with so many details being offered about the procedure itself, a very important detail may get lost — the price. While this should not be your primary consideration, it would be wise to immediately establish exactly how much your surgery will end up costing.
The reason for this is that many clinics have hidden fees that may not be included in the original estimate. Be sure to ask about pre- and post-surgical care fees before scheduling your procedure. You would be well advised to research the average cost of liposuction in your local area. A low estimate that seems too good to be true could very well end up costing much more in the long run.
CONTACT DR. DAVID SAYAH
Dr. Sayah will be happy to answer all of these questions and any others you may have during your initial consultation. Be sure to bring your notepad, iPad or laptop with you so that you can record all of the information provided. While this process may sometimes feel overwhelming, a solid Q&A session with Dr. Sayah will leave you confident about your choice of surgeon and your liposuction procedure. To set up your consultation, please call (310) 984-1150.