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BECOMING INFORMED

Choosing Your Surgeon

There are several important factors to choosing a surgeon, including recommendations from friends, personality, physician training and board certification, and experience.

Referral from Friends: Many prospective patients find confidence if they have a close friend or other trusted individual who has already undergone a successful procedure. This is often a good first step in making a decision. However, not all patients know someone who has had surgery. Most of our patients are referred by satisfied friends who have been our patients.

Personality: It is important to develop a good relationship with a surgeon, where communication is easy and trust can be developed. A patient needs to feel intuitively that they are in good hands with someone they can trust. Bedside manner is important.

Training and Certification: In years past, only plastic surgeons performed cosmetic surgery. However, in recent years doctors from many different specialties are more commonly performing cosmetic surgery procedures, including ear, nose, and throat doctors (also known as otolaryngologists and facial plastic surgeons), dermatologists, ophthalmologists, and gynecologists. However, a surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has received the most extensive training in cosmetic surgery. There are many boards, and it is easy for patients to become confused or assume that when a doctor says they are “board certified,” it all means the same thing. BE CAREFUL! Learn more about the significance of board certification here.

Experience: Finally, consider the physician's experience, the most important factor in making a decision. As with all professions, expertise is directly proportional to experience, meaning the total number of procedures performed. Medical literature illustrates that biggest predictor of success in surgery is volume, in other words, the number of times that a doctor has performed a procedure.

If the doctor is recommending a specific procedure, how many has he performed? How often does the surgeon perform this procedure?

While board certifications and training are important, a surgeon's experience with the procedure itself is more important. Don't hesitate to ask pointed questions about recommended procedures.

For more information about our VASER® liposuction procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.

THE CONSULTATION

To ensure the most natural looking results, Dr. Alexander will recommend the procedure that most appropriately matches your needs and to offer realistic expectations for post-surgery outcomes.

Dr. Alexander will evaluate the areas of your body which you feel are out of proportion. He will examine your skin tone and determine if there is excess skin, a common problem in patients complaining of excess fat. He will help you determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

The success and safety of your liposuction procedure depends greatly on you being completely candid during your consultation. We will ask you questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want liposuction, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries
  • History of exercise, nutrition, and weight loss

We may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine the areas of your body that bother you and check your skin tone
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of liposuction and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your liposuction procedure

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SURGEON

  • Am I a good candidate for the VASER® Lipo procedure?
  • How much fat can you remove
  • When will I see results, and what results are realistic in my case?
  • How long is the healing process?
  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • 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?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally-or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
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