Three decades since it was introduced, liposuction continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the U.S. and other countries across the world. This simple procedure removes excess fat and contours the body when diets and exercise fail to produce the desired results.
The success of any cosmetic procedure depends on its efficacy, safety and longevity and to achieve these goals, patient awareness is important. Patient education is crucial to improve the liposuction experience and outcomes. An educated patient can make informed decisions, be more confident, and participate in planning the surgery, all of which would promote an optimal outcome.
Let look at factors that contribute to the safety, efficiency and longevity of liposuction surgery:
- First, the patient needs to know about what makes a person a good candidate for the procedure. The ideal candidate is one who has isolated areas of fat that are out of proportion with adjacent areas and resistant to diet and exercise. Having good skin tone and not too much excess skin is important as minimally invasive lipolysis can only remove stubborn pockets of fat and tighten the skin.
- You should be aware about the liposuction options that are available and discuss with your surgeon as to which one would be the most suitable for you. It is important to inform your surgeon about your condition, health status concerns and expectations. Ask your surgeon about the benefits as well as the risks of the procedure so that you can make an informed decision. This will also serve to reduce your anxiety and build trust with your surgeon.
- All cosmetic surgery procedures come with risks. However, with a qualified and experienced surgeon you can expect complications to be minimal. An educated patient will do thorough research to find the right surgeon.
Patient education is also critical for liposuction aftercare. The patient needs to follow the surgeon’s instructions on aftercare which may also include self-managing certain elements of their care. Educated patients will take steps to heal more quickly and more efficiently, and to prolong the outcome with a healthy lifestyle.