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Checklist for Choosing Your Liposuction Surgeon

Checklist for Choosing Your Liposuction Surgeon

how to choose a cosmetic surgeonWhen you have decided to undergo liposuction, it is imperative that you find the very best surgeon. You should know if your surgeon meets certain criteria before choosing him or her for this very important procedure. The following questionnaire can guide you through making the right decision. All the questions should be answered by the surgeon or his or her staff.

  • Is the surgeon experienced in performing the liposuction procedure and do they perform liposuction on a regular basis, such that their skills are up to date and well-practiced?
  • Does the surgeon have certification and training for the use of local anesthesia for liposuction?
  • Does the surgeon have the proper training in surgical emergency, including certification in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)?
  • How many liposuction procedures does the doctor perform each week?
  • What is the approximate number of patients the doctor has treated?
  • What percentage of patients undergo liposuction without additional IV sedation or narcotics?
  • Have any patients experienced serious complications resulting from the liposuction procedure?
  • How many patients require surgical corrections after the initial procedure?
  • Have any patients required hospitalization after the liposuction procedure?
  • Does the doctor’s malpractice insurance cover liposuction?
  • Are there any pending / previous liposuction malpractice lawsuits?
  • Has the doctor provided all information about the nature and associated risks or complications of the liposuction procedure?
  • Have you been provided with an informed consent form that explains the risks?
  • Have you been advised of the risk of tumescent liposuction and receiving a significant amount of intravenous fluids?
  • Have you been advised of the risks of undergoing liposuction in conjunction with other, unrelated surgeries?
  • Does the doctor have a policy (written) regarding fees for surgical corrections or touch-ups?
  • Will there be an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist monitoring the patient?
  • Will there be a registered nurse present to assist the physician in the surgical suite, as well as to take care of the patient after the procedure?
  • Are all operating room and recovery staff properly trained, educated, and certified?
  • Does the facility have a fully equipped crash cart?

Keep all these questions in mind when you are choosing your liposuction surgeon, and don’t forget: the Laser Lipo and Vein Center can help with all this. Contact us today for more information!

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