Plastic surgery requires careful planning and a strong level of trust between patient and surgeon. Before any procedure can even be planned, we require a discussion of your goals and your background. An initial consultation for a liposuction in Houston will help us identify any concerns and pinpoint exactly what you are looking for in your liposuction surgery.
Potential patients should look at the training of the plastic surgeon who is going to be performing the procedure, as well as before-and-after galleries on that particular surgeon’s work, if possible. They should be either board-eligible or board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Given the importance and the sensitivity of the subject matter, it is important that you feel comfortable with the surgeon when you talk to them. You can read up on Dr. Olivier Deigni’s biography, education, training, and awards and see why he is the perfect choice for your procedure.
The patient should be ready to discuss their medical history. Typically, we send an online medical portal link where they can answer a lot of these questions ahead of time. We want to understand what medical conditions they may have that could impact the surgery or recovery. Some may have high blood pressure, or they could have a lung or kidney issue. Whatever it may be, we want to be aware of it so that we can gauge the safety of the procedures and discuss that during the consultation.
We want this to be an open conversation for you to feel comfortable and discuss what your goals are, so that we can develop an adequate treatment plan that is tailored specifically to you.
There are usually two types of initial consultations a plastic surgery practice might provide: one where you get to meet the plastic surgeon who is going to be operating on you—which is the type of practice that we run—and the other is when an assistant or non-medically-trained person does the preliminary consultation.
At Deigni Plastic Surgery, you can expect to have your initial liposuction consultation with Dr. Deigni anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to discuss your goals in detail. During that time, he will ask some questions to make sure that you are healthy, including discussions of your medical conditions, your family and social history, medications that you take, and any allergies that you might have. You will then discuss what you like and don’t like about your body, and what your ultimate expectations are.
Our goal is to make sure that the procedure we decide on is safe and will get you to the results that you want. We do not take pictures during the initial consultation. Instead, we typically have you come back for a second visit, at which point we will take the “before” pictures and Dr. Deigni will continue to answer any other lingering questions you may have.
We will give you a detailed indication of what to expect for the postop recovery, your expected outcomes, and your activity restrictions. We also identify your family lifestyle, see if you have any kids, talk about weight limits, allergies, and what you can or cannot do during the recovery time.
It is important to understand what the expectations of the patients are and to make sure that they are realistic. If they are not, then it would be difficult to please that patient, no matter how good the results are. That is a big point that we try to clarify during the initial consultation for liposuction, which comes through open discussion and listening.
It is also important to determine whether the patient has a goal to lose weight. We usually want them to have a body mass index around 32 or less. Anything around 28 is probably more ideal and will give better long-term results and healing potential. We generally would not operate on patients who have an increased body mass index, usually above 35, because there is an increased risk of surgical complications and poor long-term results.
Safety is paramount in the world of plastic surgery and that is why the team at Deigni Plastic Surgery takes extra care to make sure you are an ideal candidate. To get an initial consultation for liposuction in Houston, please call us at 281-721-4373. By speaking with Dr. Deigni, you will have a better idea of what to expect and how to prepare for it.