Both a science and an art, liposuction involves the use of various surgical techniques to contour certain areas of the body in order to achieve a slimmer, more balanced physique. Excellent liposuction results can be safely and consistently attained when surgeons follow five key principles, according to an article (Dec., 2013) in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open.
Proper preoperative planning is the first key principle cited by the article’s authors. Seattle Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shahram Salemy, a multi-award-winning doctor who meticulously tailors his treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each of his patients, agrees. “Effective preoperative planning by the surgeon is critical for excellent liposuction results. Some patients are better candidates for liposuction than others. Surgeons must match the right procedure with the right patient to ensure a safe, successful outcome.”
To be considered a good candidate for liposuction, a patient should be in good general health, plan on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and possess realistic expectations about their procedure’s outcome. Clear communication between the doctor and the patient is also a must.
The next three key principles for successful liposuction come into play during the actual surgery. By being cognizant of patient positioning during anesthesia use, monitoring a patient’s fluid status while applying the “wetting solutions”; techniques that allow for larger-volume liposuction, and paying careful attention to the technical considerations involved in body contouring, a surgeon performing a liposuction can limit the risk to the patient while maximizing the likelihood of achieving superb results.
Postoperative care is the final key principle. Following routine steps like having a patient wear compression garments for a prescribed period of time after surgery minimizes complications. In addition, since weight gain increases the odds of patient dissatisfaction, educating each patient about exercise and eating well as part of a healthy lifestyle can also help ensure that liposuction treatment is ultimately considered a success. “Liposuction treats localized areas of fat to restore balance to a person’s anatomy, and requires good communication between the surgeon and the patient to achieve the best results,” explains Dr. Salemy.
Consistently named “One of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by The Consumers Research Council of America, Dr. Shahram Salemy has Plastic Surgery clinics in Seattle and Richland, Washington. A board certified plastic surgeon, he employs the latest surgical techniques to provide cosmetic surgery treatments including breast augmentation, facial rejuvenation, and body contouring.
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