According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Surgical cosmetic procedures increased 4 percent, with more than 1.8 million procedures performed in 2005. The top five surgical procedures were liposuction (324,000), nose reshaping (298,000); breast augmentation (291,000), eyelid surgery (231,000), and tummy tuck (135,000). In part one of this series on Liposuction, I discussed the history of liposuction and how it works. I wasn’t trying to be Dr. Cliff Clavin of Cheers fame, but it is really helpful to understand how the technique was developed. I also wanted to explain the advances over the past 15 years with this wonderful technique, which make it so popular, safe, and effective. In this article, we will discuss we will discuss patient evaluation, expectations, and what questions to ask when consulting with physicians for liposuction.
Gilly Munavalli, MD, MHS is medical director of the Goslen Aesthetic and Skin Center in Charlotte, NC. He has been performing in-office liposuction for 5 years and speaks internationally on liposuction, skin cancer surgery, and laser surgery.