|Cosmetic procedures such as liposuction ought to be perfectly safe, or, at least, no more dangerous that the drive to the clinic. Safety in liposuction is, rightly, a topic of some interest.
Here’s our take on it…..
- You are safest when the intervention is least.
- You are safer when you are as healthy as possible prior to this or any other treatment
- You are safer when you avoid known risk factors such as smoking, alcohol.
- You are safer when you avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatories, and anything else that thins your blood, for ten days prior to your procedure
- You are safer when you scrub your body with an antiseptic in the shower the night before your procedure
- You are safer having your liposuction under local anaesthetic rather than general anaesthetic
- You are safer having your liposuction in private rooms rather than a hospital.
- You are safer having antibiotics prior to your procedure (assuming no allergy)
- You are safer when you DO NOT SHAVE the treatment area prior to the procedure
- You are safer being relaxed and mildly sedated but conscious and able to talk and move during the procedure, rather than “out cold”
- You are safer when your doctor is there, personally looking after you every step from the first photos through to the moment you leave the clinic.
- You are safer when your doctor gives you his mobile phone number to call him any time day or night in the event of any concerns after the procedure.
- You are safer when your doctor reviews you personally next day, instead of delegating to a nurse or whomever is “on call”
- You are safer when the doctor reviews you personally the day after that as well, making sure your recovery goes to plan.
- You are safer when your doctor has lectured other doctors on the topic of safety in liposuction at a medical conference.
On the other hand
- You are not safer if your doctor splits his or her time between multiple public and private hospitals trying to squeeze your needs in between everyone else’s.
- You are not safer if your doctor does so many different operations for so many different sorts of problems that he or she cannot be realistically focused on your liposuction.
- You are not safer if your doctor delegates your post-op assessment to his or her staff
- You are not safer if you cannot contact your doctor after the procedure, or if you are told to “ring the rooms” and you get an answering machine.
- You are not safer if you are asking your doctor to suck out so much fat that it can’t be done under local anaesthetic.
- You are not safer if your doctor thinks treating you under general anaesthetic allows him or her to fit in more cases that day.
Some doctors in Australia tell everyone that their long specialist training makes them especially qualified to perform safe liposuction.
But they don’t tell you their long specialist training in Australia wasn’t actually in liposuction.
We think the measure should be what the doctor actually knows and what the doctor actually does to look after the patients.
By this measure, we know the liposuction service is gold standard at Peach