Questions to Ask During Your Liposuction Consultation

June 20, 2018

Do you have stubborn excess fat deposits on your neck, arms, abdomen, or thighs that have refused to budge even though you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise regularly? If so, then you may benefit from a liposuction procedure from Boulder Valley Plastic Surgery. When diet and exercise fail to provide the smooth contours you desire, liposuction can provide a fast and effective solution. Call us at 303-449-6666 today or schedule your free consultation online now. In the meantime, read on to review a few questions that may be good to ask Dr. Swail.

Questions for Your Plastic Surgeon

What Are Your Certifications?

Anytime you are considering a major surgery, you deserve to know that you are in good hands. Inquiring about the surgeon’s certifications will help you determine if he or she is board-certified, and you may also consider asking about the surgeon’s professional associations. You’ll be pleased to know that Dr. Swail has memberships with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the Colorado Medical Society, and the Boulder County Medical Society.

How Many Years of Experience Do You Have Performing Liposuction?

Just as it is a good idea to ask about certifications, it is also wise to inquire how long the doctor has been providing plastic surgery procedures, including your specific procedure. While years of experience don’t always equate to exceptional surgical skills, a surgeon who has performed hundreds of procedures is likely to be up to date with modern procedures and potential complications.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Dr. Swail will always give you his frank professional opinion about whether or not you are a good candidate for your chosen procedure. In the event that you are consulting another surgeon and he or she doesn’t cover this with you, be sure to ask. The success of your procedure and your satisfaction as a patient depend on it.

Can You Explain the Technique You Will Use for the Procedure?

There are a few different liposuction techniques, including those that involve fluid injection, ultrasound assistance, and laser assistance. During your consultation, it is important to ask what type of liposuction technique the doctor will use as this will impact your recovery. If you are having another procedure, such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction, or facelift, it is important that you understand how the different techniques work together.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

To ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible, it is helpful to know what to expect. It is common to have fluid drainage for the first 12 to 24 hours following your procedure. You may need to wear compression garments to help control swelling, and many patients can take care of themselves without assistance the day following surgery. Usually, light activity can be resumed within one to four days following surgery, and strenuous activity within four to six weeks.

Are There Potential Complications?

Every surgical procedure involves some level of risk, including liposuction. These risks increase with prolonged procedures and aggressive techniques, and excessive time spent under anesthesia. Dr. Swail will discuss the risks and potential complications with you before your procedure and he will take every caution necessary to ensure you have a safe, successful surgery.

Can I See Examples of Results?

Reputable plastic surgeons will have an expansive portfolio of before and after photos that you can browse through prior to your procedure. While no two patients experience the same results, photos of completed procedures can tell you a lot about a surgeon’s abilities and patient satisfaction level.

Boulder Liposuction Center

When you are considering a liposuction procedure, you deserve to feel comfortable and confident in the surgeon’s skill and ability. Here at Boulder Valley Plastic Surgery, we will take the time to answer every question you have about your procedure to ensure you understand all aspects of the procedure. To learn more about our plastic surgery center, call us today.

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