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WESTERVILLE, OH, September 22, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- THE LIPO I.Q. TEST
True/ False "I am going on a beach vacation in a couple of weeks, so now is the perfect time to get liposuction on my love handles."
False. Following liposuction, significant swelling and bruising are not uncommon. In addition, your doctor may want you to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. For the best results, give yourself a few months between liposuction and your big event - then show off in your bikini.
True/False "Liposuction is just a minor procedure so any doctor can do it."
This is a trick question. Legally, any doctor can perform liposuction but liposuction is not a minor procedure. People often confuse minimally invasive with minor procedure. If you think liposuction is a minor procedure, just consider how upset you would be if you ended up with uneven thighs or a truly serious health complication due to your doctor's lack of training and experience.
Liposuction, although relatively safe, is still a surgery and every surgery has risks associated with it. Many non-plastic surgeons receive only weekend training courses in liposuction before they start offering the surgery. ABPS board certified plastic surgeons go through years of training in liposuction and have the most experience performing this procedure. For the best results, only trust a board certified (ABPS) plastic surgeon for your liposuction.
True / False "I should pour through advertisements and choose a brand of liposuction, then find a doctor who performs that type of lipo."
False. The best judge of the type (tumescent, laser, SAL, etc) of liposuction for you particular body is an ABPS board certified plastic surgeon. For the best results, spend your time searching for a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, not a brand of liposuction.
True/ False "I have lost a significant amount of weight, but I still have 15-20 pounds to lose. Liposuction is the answer!"
False. Liposuction is great for reducing pockets of fat in certain areas of the body (flanks, hips, thighs, abdomen, love handles, a double chin), but not for overall weight loss. For the best results, you should be at or near your ideal weight when you have liposuction.
True/ False "My family doctor is advertising a special on liposuction right in his office. It must be safe! "
False. Liposuction should only be performed by a plastic surgeon either in a hospital or in an accredited surgical facility both of which are equipped to handle emergency situations. For your safety, carefully consider where (and from whom) you choose to have liposuction.
True/ False "I'm in good shape; I'm at my ideal weight, I exercise regularly, but I still can't get rid of the fat on my inner thighs. I should consider liposuction."
True. It sounds like you are a good candidate for liposuction if you also have realistic expectations about the results and if you are a non-smoker. In addition, you should be otherwise healthy. Some areas of the body do store fat. If you are already at your ideal weight, you may have to exercise or diet to an unhealthy level in order to lose weight in those specific problem areas. For the best results, first get into good shape and then use liposuction as a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss tool.
If you are considering liposuction or any plastic surgery procedure, I strongly recommend finding a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify plastic surgeons.
About Dr. Robert S. Houser
Dr. Houser is a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and an officer of the Columbus Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Houser maintains a fully accredited AAAASF surgical facility where he provides a full range of plastic surgery procedures including, liposuction, breast augmentation, facelifts, and abdominoplasty (tummy-tucks). You can email Dr. Houser at email@example.com.
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