Your surgeon is the person performing your procedure, therefore, it is fair to ask him or her about the three previous “T’s” (The technologies they use, the techniques they use, and the training that they have received). It is also fair game for you to inquire about them professionally as well.
Suggested Questions Include:
1. Are you Board Certified?
If they are Board Certified, ask if they have re-certified (recently trained plastic and cosmetic surgeons are required to retake a board recertification exam, which makes sure that they are up to date on newer information). For older surgeons it is voluntary and they are not required to do it, though they can choose to do so.
2. What percent of your practice is dedicated to doing liposuction, liposculpture and fat grafting?
Some surgeons choose to make these procedures a major part of their practices, while others to these procedures as part of a plastic or cosmetic surgery practice where they do a little of everything.
3. May I see before and after photos of your patient’s results?
4. May I speak to a previous patient of yours that had [procedure you want]?
The 4th “T” of Liposuction – The “Technician” Surgeon
Finally the fourth “T” I’d like to talk you about and that’s your Technician. I use the word technician because it fits the four “T’s” but your technician is your surgeon. I suggest seeking out a surgeon that is board certified in either plastic or cosmetic surgery and one who is experienced in the art of liposuction or liposculpture.
It’s important to find out not only whether they have the certificates and their particular specialties but also have they pursued or continue to pursue advanced training in the techniques and technologies they espouse to use on you? As I stated in my previous video on training it’s important that these surgeons maintain a constant edge and a constant improvement in their techniques. This can only happen by seeking training, perfecting techniques themselves, sharing those with others. This is where the technicians become so important.
I think it’s very important for you as a patient to research your surgeon, ask what kind of training he’s had, ask the technologies he has. Is he trained in those? Ask what techniques he uses. Then finally, see his before and after pictures. I always tell my patients to be skeptical if a patient or a doctor can’t show you actual before and after pictures of procedures he’s done. Again, sometimes, we as surgeons, especially with newer technologies, tend to rely sometimes on the pictures provided by the companies. So it is important to discern that out. Thank you very much.