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Too often, liposuction is driven by technology and associated marketing rather than by the training and skill of the medical practitioner. You have seen or heard the frequently slick ads touting the amazing outcomes that can be yours when you have your liposuction using “their” miracle machine. Such may or may not include the following:


The most important factor is not the machine. It is the doctor performing the liposuction. No machine can correct for poor technique, lack of experience, improper training and a lack of appreciation and understanding of aesthetics.

Unfortunately, many of those physicians (or clinics) that advertise and use these liposuction machines, can be characterized by one or more of these deficiencies. They may market themselves as cosmetic surgeons (possibly because they took courses, etc.) but, in fact, their primary medical training was in family care, internal medicine, emergency medicine, cardiology and so forth.

You don’t see the word “surgery” attached to any of these. That should also serve as a warning.

There are general surgeons who do use these liposuction machines. However, their training is in areas completely unrelated to liposuction and the aesthetic realm. Another hint: most plastic surgeons first train in general surgery and THEN undergo at minimum of an additional two to three years of specialized training in plastic surgery before opening their practices. It must just be that the additional training and experience is important.

So – who do you want to have performing liposuction on your body?

Thought so!

Make sure that your doctor a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. I am and have been practicing in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area going on 25 years.

Now, for a little levity, check out this video touting an amazing suction machine.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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