For some people, despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, stubborn fat deposits prevent them from achieving their desired body appearance. If you are one of these people you may not have the thighs, arms, neck, hips, waist, cheeks, or even ankles you seek. This might be due to family traits and genetics but that fact is unlikely to give you much peace.
Liposuction surgery also known as lipoplasty or liposculpture, slims, reshapes, and sculpts specific areas of the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas. A variety of new techniques that have developed over the years including the use of ultrasound (VASER) and the tumescent technique that have helped many plastic surgeons to provide selected patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don't respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
Individuals considering liposuction often feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of options and techniques being promoted today. However, your plastic surgeon can help. In deciding which is the right treatment approach for you, your doctor will consider effectiveness, safety, cost and appropriateness for your needs. This is called surgical judgment, a skill that is developed through surgical training and experience.
Your doctor also uses this judgment to prevent complications; to handle unexpected occurrences during surgery; and to treat complications if they occur. Your surgeon's education and training have helped to form his or her surgical judgment, so take the time to do some background checking.
Patients are encouraged to consider a doctor certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery ("ABPS"). By choosing a plastic surgeon who is certified by the ABPS, a patient can be assured that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and completed at least five years of additional residency - usually three years of general surgery (or its equivalent) and two years of plastic surgery. To be certified by the ABPS, a doctor must also practice surgery for two years and pass comprehensive written and oral exams.