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Ask the Doctor, February 2006, Lifestyle Magazine

Question: I have had liposuction performed on my thighs four months ago; I now have deep dimples appearing on my thighs. Why is this happening and is there anything that can be done to correct it?
- KJ. Windermere, FL

Answer: Is it possible that you could have lost or gained weight since your liposuction? It is important to note that keeping one's weight stable following such a procedure plays an important role in the final results. During your liposuction consultation a thorough evaluation of the skin should give an understanding of how the skin will retract following the procedure. To minimize the visibility of indentations and achieve a smooth contour of the skin, additional liposuction can be performed as well as fat injections to the desired area.

Question: When looking in the mirror, I like my body until I get to my hips, from there everything appears like a square. I have tried exercising to develop more curves and definition, but nothing seems to work. What can I do?
-DP. Sarasota, FL

Answer: Liposuction is an excellent tool for the condition you describe. It is really a contouring procedure meant to remove inches not pounds. It is important to view your body along with your physician while standing in front of a full-length mirror. Doing this helps to determine all areas to be addressed by liposuction in order to achieve the most attractive body contour.

Question: I am 42 years old and have decided it is time to do something for me. What should I look for while searching for my plastic surgeon and how do I begin my search?
-KL, Lake Mary, FL.

Answer: Credentials, experience, and patient comfort are three of the most important criteria for choosing your plastic surgeon. Your plastic surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and hold membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Ask to speak with other patients and be sure to view many photographs. It is important to view photographs relevant to the procedure or procedures that you wish to have performed. Organize your questions, be sure to schedule face-to-face consultations with your potential surgeons, ensure all questions are answered and that you are comfortable with the responses. While fees are important, they should only be considered after all of the above steps have been accomplished.

**The content of this column is not intended to be taken as medical advice. Plastic surgical procedures and outcomes vary on an individual basis. The above should not be read upon as a substitute for a personal consultation regarding your medical concerns, conditions, diagnosis, or treatment.

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