Q: Dr. Eppley, I want to have liposuction done on my stomach and waistline but don’t know the best kind to get. There are many different types out there and they all seem to suggest that each one is the best. I went to two different plastic surgeons, one using Smartlipo and the other Vaser, and they both said the way they do it is the best way. This has left me confused. What do you think is best?
A: When you see many different methods of doing the same thing being advertised or touted, this likely means that there is not one single best way to do it. For if there were, we would all know about it and it would be the only way to do it. It is easy to get caught up in technology and machines, particularly when it comes to performing liposuction. The reality is that the results of liposuction is most influenced by the skill and experience of the person performing it, not the specific device, machine or technique. No one type of liposuction is better than another, but there are better doctors than others that do it. Some do it well with great artistic flair and get very good results with minimal skin irregularities and others have less refined outcomes. Unfortunately, this is the aspect of liposuction that is impossible for you to evaluate clearly. You have to rely on your gut feeling of the doctor, their posted results and any reviews of satisfied patients that are unsolicited.
Dr. Barry Eppley