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“I HAVE SOME UNWANTED FAT OVER MY HIPS AND ABDOMINAL WALL THAT I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO LOSE. MY GYNECOLOGIST OFFERED TO SUCTION MY FAT. I DID NOT KNOW GYNECOLOGISTS DID THAT – HOW DO I CHOOSE MY LIPOSUCTION DOCTOR?” Leslie R , San Juan Capistrano, CA
Liposuction is currently one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States by plastic surgeons - second only to breast augmentation. You certainly are not alone if you have concerns with unwanted fatty deposits! Liposuction looks easy but disastrous results, causing deformities that cannot be fixed, can occur if an area is over suctioned. That is why I would recommend that you chose a surgeon who is well trained in the procedure.
Plastic Surgeons usually performed liposuction in an outpatient surgical facility under a deep sedative or a light general anesthetic, supplemented by local anesthesia, although an occasional, a small area may be suctioned strictly under a local anesthetic alone. It should be noted that liposuction these days is frequently performed by non-surgeons like dermatologists, gynecologists, family practitioners and even dentists. Since such practitioners are not surgeons and cannot get surgical privileges in hospitals or surgery centers, they will generally attempt to do such procedures in an office with just a local anesthetic - something that is technically feasible but not as comfortable for the patient or as safe because offices do not have to live up to the same quality and sterility standards as surgical facilities do. If you are considering seeing a particular doctor, you can always check the American Board of Plastic Surgery web site to see if the doctor you are interested in is a Board Certified in Plastic Surgery – go ahead and give it a try and you’ll be amazed at how many doctors who represent themselves as plastic surgeons are indeed not plastic surgeons (https://www.abplsurg.org/ModDefault.aspx?section=PubFind )!
Actual patient of Dr. Bunkis – 32 year old female before and after a 1,200 cc liposuction of the lateral thighs/hips and inner thighs.
You may check out our web site at www.orangecountyplasticsurgery.com to see further examples of similar patients.