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Liposculpting in El Paso Buyer Beware

Liposculpting in El Paso Buyer Beware

Mark A. Jabor, M.D.

Liposuction has had many terms to describe it such as, liposculpting, lipoplasty, and liposculpture, among others. All are legitimate term to describe liposuction. These terms may be used interchangeably to indicate the same procedure. Often the decision on which to use is a preference of marketing design and the target audience to be reached. 

There are various types of liposuction which include: suction assisted liposuction, power assisted liposuction, ultrasonic assisted liposuction and laser assisted liposuction.  All methods accomplish the same goal, which is the removal of subcutaneous fat done with small incisions.  All use tumescent technique. This is the infiltration of fluid mixed with lidocaine and epinephrine before the fat is removed. The difference between the methods is the energy applied to disrupt the fat before it is removed. Be aware that the method used is only a tool to achieve the final result, and there are no clear cut advantages of one over the other. More importantly, is the “skill of the physician” operating the instrument. A “skilled physician” can achieve good results with any of the methods and an un-skilled physician may get poor results with any of the methods. Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia but, more often than not, general anesthesia.

Liposuction allows a physician skilled in the technique to sculpt or contour different areas of the body. This is usually an out-patient procedure and patients typically return to work in several days to a week.Why beware?  The keywords are a “skilled physician” in this procedure.  The most important factor in a successful surgery is the surgeon you choose. In most states, Texas included, it is permissible for any licensed physician, even though they have no surgical training, to advertise as a plastic or cosmetic surgeon. For this reason, it is important for prospective patient’s to understand “board certification”.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons requires its members to be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This board is the only one recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify physicians in the plastic surgery specialty. This certification guarantees 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. In addition, the physician must practice plastic surgery for two years and pass comprehensive written and oral examinations to become board certified. Upon completion of this process, the board certified plastic surgeon may display the American Society of Plastic Surgeons symbol to affirm the physician’s credentials to individuals seeking a surgeon.

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Physicians should also have privileges to perform procedures at accredited hospitals in the community, even if the procedure is being done at the physician’s facility. Obtaining hospital privileges means the surgeon is subject to approval by a body of his/her peers.

The credentialing accreditation process distinguishes a board certified plastic surgeon from a physician not certified in plastic surgery that has taken a weekend course on a procedure(s).

To protect yourself and secure a more favorable outcome; review the physician’s credentials, get educated on the procedure, meet the physician and staff, examine before/after pictures of the procedures you are interested in, and then follow through with your plastic surgery and look forward to your results.

Liposuction to trunk and thighs

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