Consultation is a strategic component of the overall liposuction cosmetic surgery process. It requires active involvement from the patient in order to help the surgeon understand the patient’s innate aesthetic needs and the risk factors related to their health. A well-prepared patient can have a more meaningful discussion during the liposuction consultation.
Dr. Bram Kaufman is a board certified plastic surgeon providing liposuction and various other cosmetic procedures. During the consultation process, Dr. Kaufman will encourage the patient to ask questions and clear all their doubts and concerns. He provides liposuction to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding locations.
Information from the Patient
The patient should be prepared to provide the following information as accurately as possible during the initial consultation for liposuction cosmetic surgery:
The patient should be able to explain why they want to undergo liposuction, and what kind of results they expect to achieve. They should be able to talk about the specific unsightly bulges that they may wish to have removed with liposuction.
If the patient suffers from any autoimmune disorder, neurological problem, heart disease or another condition, they should be forthcoming about it. They should also talk about their previous medical and surgical experience, and any known allergies.
The patient should ideally prepare a list of all the prescription drugs, over the counter medications, aspirin and other blood thinners, and vitamins and herbal supplements that they may be using before surgery. They should also talk frankly about their habits of smoking, alcohol or drugs, if any.
Questions to Ask
The patient should preferably prepare a list of questions that they may wish to ask from the plastic surgeon during the liposuction consultation. It can include questions about the surgeon’s certifications, qualifications, experience and other credentials, questions about the procedure, anesthesia, surgical facility, questions about the preparation, precautions, recovery, downtime, and questions about the estimated costs of the procedure.
The patient should feel free to ask for testimonials of other patients who have received liposuction in the past, and seek access to liposuction before and after photos in order to understand the potential effectiveness of liposuction in a better way. Dr. Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for liposuction.
Once the patient is satisfied and all their doubts and concerns are addressed, they are in a better position to make a well-considered decision. It is natural for a patient to feel some anxiety or pre-operative stress, but they should not hold back their feelings and share their thoughts and concerns freely with the surgeon.
Discussion about Surgical Plan
After evaluating all inputs of the patient, the surgeon will prepare a customized surgical plan in consultation with the patient. They will explain different surgical techniques and options in liposuction, the pros and cons of each, and the steps involved in each option.
The surgeon will also talk about the kind of anesthesia they may choose, the type of surgical facility, the length of recovery and downtime, and the costs involved in the procedure.