08 January 2009

DoctorsThere are many types of doctors and surgeons that advertise and perform liposuction. In fact, there are many short term continuing education courses offered through independent firms that will certify most every doctor interested in performing liposuction. Physicians can be trained to perform liposuction in as little as one day’s time. Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust.

Choosing an ASPS Member Surgeon ensures that you have selected a physician who :
  • ASPS LogoHas completed at least five years of surgical training with a minimum of two years in plastic surgery.
  • Ongoing Education : Most leading surgeons continue with ongoing education after receiving their medical degree. They most often achieve this through residency programs that provide up to five years or more years of training in a specific area of expertise.
  • Medical Organization Membership : Medical organizations set criteria in order to become eligible for membership in the organization. Some organizations have more stringent requirements than others. For example, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery are recognized by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the highest governing board in plastic surgery.
  • Board Certification : The type of board certification that a surgeon has contributes to the qualifications of the surgeon. For example, the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties of over 150 self designated boards.
  • Experience : The surgeon’s experience in the area of liposuction, body contouring and the volume of liposuction achieved is critical in the decision for a particular surgeon. In addition, liposuction surgeons usually know the number of procedures they have performed over the course of their career and can share that information with interested parties. They can provide before and after photos to help identify the quality of their work as well.
  • SurgeonHospital Privileges : Some surgeons have earned hospital privileges to perform liposuction in an accredited hospital. In order to obtain hospital privileges to perform liposuction in a hospital, the surgeon must meet specific criteria such as peer review of the surgeon’s technique and skill in live liposuction surgery.
  • Is trained and experienced in all plastic surgery procedures, including breast, body, face and reconstruction.
  • Adheres to a strict code of ethics.
ASPS Member Surgeons are your partners in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Here are some question as a guide during your consultation with your surgeon :
  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Are you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? at which hospitals?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • How can I expect my body to look over time? After pregnancy?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my liposuction?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?


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