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If you’re bothered by stubborn fat bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise, liposuction may be a good option. It can smooth out stubborn fat caused by aging, childbirth, and other factors and help you achieve a slimmer physique. This popular procedure is most often performed on the belly, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, arms or face to improve the contour and shape of the area being treated. Before opting for liposuction surgery, regardless of whether it’s laser lipo, vaser lipo, tickle lipo, or BeautiFill™, it’s important to look for the following qualities in a surgeon. 

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Certification and Skill

Legally, any doctor can perform an in-office liposuction procedure, including ER doctors, primary care physicians and more! However, you wouldn’t want just any doctor without the proper experience and training to handle your liposuction surgery. Therefore, make sure you choose a surgeon who is board-certified and completed three to five years of training in surgery, with an eye for detail, which is a must for cosmetic surgery!

Type of Liposuction Procedure

Although the skill of each individual surgeon will always be the most important consideration when choosing a provider, it’s very important to note that along with the growth of popularity of the liposuction procedure, the options available with the various “types” of liposuction offered to continue to expand, and should be a consideration when making your final choice.  Many plastic surgeons still perform “traditional liposuction” under general anesthesia in a hospital or surgery center.  Because it is performed under general anesthesia, this is often the best option for patients seeking the greatest volume of fat removal, although it’s worth noting that this procedure involves the most amount of pain, downtime, bruising and recovery time. 

However, in the last 10-15 years less invasive liposuction techniques using laser, ultrasound or vibration energy to first melt the fat prior to suctioning have revolutionized the field of liposuction.  Laser Lipo, Vaser Lipo, Smart Lipo, Tickle Lipo and different types of in-office liposuction that are performed using local tumescent anesthesia, offering patients less downtime and pain, less swelling (which means more noticeable results sooner), better skin tightening benefits and less expensive (because general anesthesia is not used, treatments can be performed in-office instead of hospitals or surgery centers, greatly reducing the costs involved). 

It’s important to remember that many plastic and cosmetic surgeons offer you just one type – even if it’s not the best type of liposuction for your fat reduction goals.  Dr. Craig Schwartz offers several types of in-office liposuction, ensuring the best possible cosmetic outcome for your fat reduction goals!

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Individualized Attention

You are unique and unlike any other patient. For this reason, you want to select a surgeon who will take the time to get to know your particular body concerns and aesthetic goals. If a surgeon makes you feel like a number or doesn’t make it a priority to truly understand what you’re hoping to achieve with liposuction, look elsewhere.

Proven Track Record

Any surgeon can state that they are an expert in liposuction procedures. Make sure that the surgeon you go with has proven track record to back of their claims. You should be able to see before and after photos of their work and contact other patients who have to trust them for liposuction to learn about their experience. 

Accessible

Most surgeons are busy but you don’t want to opt for a liposuction surgeon who you won’t be able to get a hold of before, during, and after your procedure. Find out how accessible each surgeon you interview will be and don’t select anyone who seems like they’ll be too busy to answer your questions and address your concerns. 

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Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about liposuction, call us at (913) 451-8346 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier vein treatment center can improve your condition. Dr. Craig Schwartz is a triple-board certified surgeon with 10+ years’ experience with minimally-invasive liposuction procedures to remove unwanted fat with minimal downtime and pain and outstanding results!

Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is located in Leawood, KS and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects.  The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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