There are several important things to look for when shopping for a liposuction surgeon. One of the easiest is the training that qualifies the surgeon to be performing plastic surgery procedures like liposuction. In particular, you want the liposuction surgeon to have a board certification and additional training that is specific to liposuction techniques and practices.
A board certification in a surgical specialty should be one of the first requirements when shopping for a plastic surgeon. The particular specialty is actually not the most important factor since every certification requires the surgeon to be trained in liposuction. The reason for a board certification in at least one of the specialties is to ensure that the person who will perform your procedure is trained in proper sterile surgical techniques. It also ensures that they have been properly prepared to diagnose any signs of complications and management of emergency situations.
There are additional training programs that a liposuction surgeon should go through. It teaches to particular details specific to liposuction surgery including things like the use of pharmaceuticals and how drugs react to one another. It also makes sure that the surgeon is knowledgeable about the potential for complications and unintended side effects as well as post surgical care instructions. These things are covered in a classroom type of training but it is also essential for the surgeon to have gone through sufficient hands-on training in an operating room.
An important certification that might be overlooked is the certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support or ACLS which is required to be renewed every two years. Any board certified plastic surgeon who is performing liposuction surgery should have this certifications as well as the rest of the people working the operating room. This is particularly important for large treatment areas that require the patient to be fully sedated with general anesthesia since this poses a significant risk of related complications.