Many people struggle from unwanted fats. Most of the time, after several months of diet and exercise it was still very difficult to reduce fat in problem areas of the body such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and upper arms. This is the very reason why a lot of men and women consider having liposuction where they can get away with those fats in just a few hours.

If you are one of those people who are thinking of having liposuction in the Philippines, it would be of utmost important to look for the best and certified surgeon in the country. Oftentimes, patients choose their surgeon on the basis of price. However, the success of the procedure is largely dependent on your choice of surgeon. Thus, to avoid unsatisfactory results, it is best to choose a surgeon who has had accredited training in plastic surgery, special training in body contouring and extensive experience in liposuction. This operation requires good judgment and the ability to visualize the end result. Your surgeon’s skill can make all the difference between a good result and one which will require correction and additional expense.

To further have an idea on how to choose the right surgeon for your liposuction, it is very important to look or search for the following:

Training

Pick a surgeon who has completed at least five to six years of formal training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in accredited training hospitals. There are 4 residency programs in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery which are accredited by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery and the Philippine College of Surgeons. These are the training programs of the UP-PGH Medical Center, UST, and the 2 consortium programs approved by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery where residents rotate in various hospitals. Training includes three to five years of general surgery residency and two to three years of plastic surgery residency. Doctors who have completed residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery are the only doctors who can rightfully claim to be plastic surgeons.

Certification

A good surgeon should have completed the accredited plastic residency training program enables the doctor to become a “board-eligible” plastic surgeon, meaning that he is qualified to take the written and oral examinations of the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery. After the doctor passes both written and oral examinations, he becomes a “board-certified” plastic surgeon.
Many doctors who perform cosmetic surgery procedures are board-certified in specialties other than plastic surgery or may even lack such credentials. It is recommended that the patient choose a plastic surgeon that is duly certified by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery, the only organization recognized by the Philippine College of Surgeons to grant board certification in the field of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in the Philippines.

Experience

Good credentials provide a reasonable indication of a doctor’s qualification to perform cosmetic surgery, and should serve as the basic starting point. Patients should then ask the surgeon about his experience. How long has he been in practice and how many times has he done the procedure you are considering? The broader your surgeon’s experience is, the greater your chances for a successful surgery.

Testimonials and Before and After Pictures

It would also help you decide whether a surgeon is good or not by reading all the testimonials of a surgeon’s patients. They could testify whether the doctor did a great job in their operation or not. Browsing the before and after pictures will also give you some proofs how good a surgeon is.

If the surgeon you’re taking into consideration passed all these pointers, then he might be the right surgeon for your surgery. However, always keep in mind that even though you have the best surgeon in town, you should still have realistic expectations. Although dramatic results can be achieved, they may not be as immediate or obvious as you would like.