Plastic Surgery Channel Expert, Dr. Fodor from Beverly Hills, California talks about Liposuction safety.
Dr. Peter B. Fodor, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an internationally recognized aesthetic plastic surgeon who specializes in innovations in plastic surgery, particularly in the areas of minimally invasive facial rejuvenation and body contouring surgery.
Recently, there was a news story about a woman who died post a liposuction in Melbourne, Australia. This was a sad and tragic death, but it brought to light one of the often neglected topics, that of safety during liposuction. Liposuction or lipoplasty is statistically one of the safest surgeries that can be performed in the plastic surgery domain. This is an astounding surgery as through a tiny incision made in the body, the surgeon can literally sculpt the patient’s entire body. The results of a liposuction are totally dependent on the care taken after the procedure is completed. So long as a patient watches their diet and follows an exercise regime, the results of the liposuction can last a lifetime. The problems such as those mentioned in the article where someone dies are largely due to the procedure being performed by someone who is not properly trained to do so. This is especially true for liposuction as on superficial examination; one would think that this is an extremely simple surgery and one that can be performed by any doctor and even one that isn’t a surgeon. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens. As a patient, one has to do their due diligence by talking to the physician in advance, asking questions through consultations. The patient should talk to more than one plastic surgeon till the time they think they are in the right hands and have found a surgeon who is talented, experienced and compassionate.
Selecting a qualified plastic surgeon require some homework on the part of the patient. Notably with current marketing trends patients can be easily fooled by people who are not well qualified or even not actual plastic surgeons.
Initial checks should include:
1. Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
3. Talk to other patients. These are a great source of information.
4. Talk to actual operating room personnel as these nurses and technicians really know what surgeons are skilled at various procedures.
5. Look carefully at your surgeon credentials