Question Checklist for Your Liposuction Consultation

When it comes to fat loss, you already know the drill. Diet and exercise are vital for achieving and maintaining healthy body weight. However, you might find that no matter how many miles you run or fat grams you forego, you’re still dissatisfied. Spot reduction isn’t possible with diet and exercise alone. If you are sick of love handles, thunder thighs, or bat wings, then liposuction or another body-shaping procedure like a tummy tuck may be right for you. Dr. John S Silverton in Stockton, CA has over 30 years of experience performing liposuction surgeries.

What to Bring to Your Liposuction Consult

When you arrive for your liposuction consultation, be sure to bring a complete copy of your medical records. Include any current allergies and medications you are taking to help reduce the chance of any complications during surgery. If you have a specific look you want to attain, be sure to print out a photo to show Dr. Silverton. Knowing what you want and being vocal about it is the best way to achieve your desired outcome. Conversely, if you are sure that there is a look you do not want, feel free to bring in pictures of that as well.

During the consultation, Doctor Silverton may ask you to undress so that he can examine the area you want to treat. For maximum comfort, you should wear loose-fitting clothing that you can easily remove. You should expect the consultation to last approximately one hour. If your consultation takes less than an hour, the doctor performing the procedure may not be qualified. 

The 12 Questions You Must Ask at Your Consultation

When you arrive for your liposuction consultation, you should bring a list of questions you intend to ask your surgeon. When composing your list, these are the 12 essential questions you should ask.

1. Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?

The most essential question to ask when you arrive for your consultation is whether your doctor is qualified. The American Board of Plastic Surgery certifies the most qualified plastic surgeons. The American Board is the most exclusive governing body in medicine, and its members undergo years of training and comprehensive examinations before they can gain admission. Doctor John S Silverton is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the state of California, as well as the UK’s General Medical Counsel.

2. How Many Years of Experience Do You Have?

Another key question to ask when assessing your doctor’s qualifications is the number of years of experience they have performing liposuction surgery. The results of your operation depend on the skill of the surgeon performing the surgery. You should choose a doctor with multiple years of experience performing cosmetic surgery, specifically liposuction. As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect.”

Doctor John Silverton has been performing liposuction since 1986 and began offering the surgery only four years after it was first pioneered in Paris. 

3. Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?

The best candidates for liposuction surgery are at or near their ideal weight and have finished having children. Though liposuction removes body fat, it is best suited to those who want to target specific areas, not those who want to reduce fat overall. If you intend to lose a large amount of weight, it’s best to postpone liposuction until after you do so. Losing more than 30% of your body weight after liposuction can result in excess skin.

One of the factors that determine your outcome after liposuction surgery is your skin’s elasticity, or your skin’s ability to bounce back after it has been stretched or pulled. When you arrive for your consultation, Doctor Silverton will test your skin, but you can also conduct a “pinch test” at home. Gather a bit of flesh from the top of your hand, using your thumb and pointer finger. If your skin springs back quickly into place once you release, your skin is elastic enough to make you an ideal candidate.

4. Can I Combine Liposuction with Other Surgeries?

You can effectively combine liposuction with other surgeries. If you are removing a large volume of fat, or have excess skin from weight loss, you should consider a tummy tuck procedure. In a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, Doctor Silverton suctions off fat from your stomach before trimming the skin. This process tightens the skin by eliminating excess flesh, and can give you a more toned look overall.

Another procedure that you can combine with liposuction is the mommy makeover. Doctors designed the mommy makeover for new mothers who want to regain the figure that they once had before having kids. In a mommy makeover, Doctor Silverton will perform liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast lift. These procedures address the stomach and chest, the two areas most impacted by having children. Like liposuction, it’s best to wait until after you have lost any baby weight to undergo this procedure.

5. Will a Less Invasive Treatment Better Meet My Needs?

If you only have a small amount of fat to lose, you might consider a non-surgical treatment like truSculpt 3D or Verju Fat Reduction Treatment. You can have these procedures performed in Dr. Silverton’s office in Stockton, CA. Though results won’t be as dramatic, the non-invasive nature of these procedures means that they are less painful and expensive than an invasive surgery like liposuction.

TruSculpt 3D works like a tummy tuck to get rid of extra fat or sagging skin in the abdomen. This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to penetrate the epidermis and damage fat cells. Over the weeks following the treatment, you will notice your midsection gradually shrinking. Unlike other popular procedures like CoolSculpting, truSculpt 3D eliminates fat and tightens the skin on your belly. This combination gives you a more toned look overall.

Verju Fat Reduction Treatment also removes unwanted fat, but is unique in its ability to target cellulite. Through a series of appointments, Doctor Silverton applies a low-level laser to your stomach, thighs, buttocks, or arms. These lasers shine through the skin to empty fat cells and create a leaner look. Although treatment is painless, the results are powerful. Seventy-one percent of patients in a recent clinical study lost three inches from their hips, waist, or abdomen.

6. What Areas Can I Treat with Liposuction?

Liposuction can be performed on both the upper body (abdomen, upper arms, back) as well as the lower body (thighs, buttocks, calves). For women, the most popular treatment areas are abs, breasts, hips, and legs. Though less common, men can also benefit from liposuction surgery. The most popular treatment areas for men are the love handles, chin, neck, abdomen, and breasts. If there is an unusual area that you want to treat, consult Doctor Silverton.

Liposuction is not limited to the body. You can have liposuction performed on your neck to eliminate a double chin, or your back to get rid of a buffalo hump. You might also use liposuction to create a slimmer face by removing fat from your cheeks or neckline. Smaller problem areas, like thick calves or “cankles,” can also be targeted. 

One particularly useful application of liposuction is in the treatment of male breasts. The problem of male breasts is medically referred to as gynecomastia. You can see a gallery of Doctor Silverton’s gynecomastia results here.

7. How Should I Prepare Before Surgery?

Before you arrive for your liposuction surgery, Doctor Silverton will provide you with a list of instructions. You are advised to discontinue taking aspirin and ibuprofen for at least one week before the procedure, as these can thin the blood. If you use any herbal supplements or alternative products not approved by the FDA, you should skip them for at least one week as well. Doctors cannot predict how alternative pills and supplements will interact with anesthesia. If you are a smoker, it’s recommended that you refrain from smoking, because it can slow the healing process and increase the probability of complications. Nicotine patches or gums are acceptable alternatives.

Depending on your health history, you might need to undergo lab testing prior to surgery. You may also be asked to wash with an antibacterial soap the night before to prevent infection.

8. What Will the Surgery Be Like?

Depending on the amount of liposuction you are receiving, Doctor Silverton will administer either local or general anesthesia. Once you are fully numb or unconscious, he will apply a liquid antiseptic solution. Before Doctor Silverton makes an incision, he will use a machine to send ultrasonic waves into the area he plans to treat. This process is referred to as the LipoPerfection Technique. The ultrasonic waves distribute a hydrating solution over fat globules to make them moist. Wetting the fat cells makes them easier to remove, reduces the risk of any complication, and creates a smoother appearance overall.

After prepping the site with the LipoPerfection Technique, Doctor Silverton will make an incision. Though many doctors cut the skin with a scalpel, he uses a small round instrument called an “awl.” The awl creates a smaller scar and eliminates the need for stitches. Doctor Silverton will then suck the fat out of the trouble spot with an instrument called a “cannula.” Liposuction surgery usually takes two to three hours, but depending on the amount of fat removed, it can take longer. 

9. What is the Aftercare Like?

Most patients can return to work within two to three days after surgery. You should expect to experience bruising and swelling within the first few weeks of recovery, but most side effects will disappear within a month. During your recovery period, you will probably need to wear a compression garment to reduce bruising and speed the healing process. You may be given painkillers if Doctor Silverton feels that they are necessary for you.

10. What Sort of Results Should I Expect to See?

The results of liposuction are permanent. If you gain or lose weight, the size of your body will change, but not its shape. For example, if you receive liposuction on your abdomen to create an “hourglass” figure, you will remain an hourglass even if you gain weight. For best results, you are advised to maintain your figure with a healthy diet and exercise.

Results will become visible within two to three weeks after the procedure, once the swelling has gone down. Within several months, you should expect to see a leaner figure. 

11. What Are the possible complications?

Potential complications of liposuction surgery include bruising, numbness, bleeding, contour irregularities, and in rare cases, infection. The risk of these outcomes can be reduced if you fully disclose your medical history to Dr. Silverton and take the appropriate precautions before arriving for surgery.

12. Do you have before and after photos?

You can see a gallery of liposuction results photos here. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) results are available here. Disclaimer: results photos are taken months after swelling from surgery has gone down. There is no guarantee that your results will match results photos exactly.

Schedule your Consultation with Dr. Silverton in Stockton, CA today

Now that you know the essential questions to ask at your liposuction consultation, you are fully prepared to meet your doctor. You don’t have to settle for unsightly bulges or doughy blocks of fat. A better body is within your reach. To make an appointment with Dr. Silverton, you can call us at 209-952-2251 or send us a message online.