Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that has become immensely popular. The beneficial surgery is performed to remove excess fatty deposits from underneath the skin by making a number of small incisions in the target area. A small tube, called a cannula, is then inserted into the openings and the fat cells are extracted using a sucking technique. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the regulating authority for the medical equipment and drugs that are used to perform liposuction in the United States.
Before any medical device can be bought or sold in the United States, approval must be given by the FDA. Approval is only given if the FDA believes that the device in question is safe and effective for its designated purpose. In general, once the FDA approves a medical device, other similar devices will be approved using a less meticulous method. A doctor should only use equipment and devices that are cleared by the FDA to insure a patient’s safety.
Though the FDA is the leading authority on drugs and medical equipment safety, there are several medical factors that are not covered. For example, the FDA has no control over a doctor’s practice. This means they cannot control how a doctor runs their practice, including how and what they tell their patients about specific procedures, including liposuction.
The FDA has no control over how much a doctor can charge for any procedure. This means the doctor will price liposuction at the highest point he believes patients will pay. Keep in mind that most insurance carriers will not cover the cost of liposuction excepting when the surgery is deemed a medical necessity.
The FDA does not have the authority to insure that all information about the patient is disclosed to them. This means an unscrupulous doctor could have information about a patient’s health and simply not tell them.
Furthermore, the FDA does not even have access to a list of all doctors that currently perform liposuction. Moreover, the FDA cannot make recommendations about specific physicians or offices where patients can get liposuction or any other surgeries.
The FDA is not in the business of rating the drugs or equipment it approves. This means devices and medicine either pass or fail the FDA’s approval process, but the public does not know to what degree, or which of those products is potentially better than another.
However, the FDA does offer warnings and advice about steps to take if considering liposuction as an option. They recommend that as a potential patient you ask any questions you have about the surgery. This way, you will be sure about what to expect.
The FDA also warns to be careful of advertisements that promise 100 percent satisfaction, or perfect results. Keep in mind cosmetic surgery has no guarantees.
The FDA also states that you should not choose a doctor or clinic based on cost. You should consider all aspects, and be comfortable with who you choose. It is important, according to the FDA that all potential patients do plenty of research about liposuction to make sure it is right for them. They also explain that you should never feel pressured to go through with liposuction by anybody, including the physician.
The Food and Drug Administration also advises that all patients or potential patients should report any problems or possible problems to them immediately. Any adverse reaction to drugs or equipment used during the surgery should be made known to the FDA so they can perform the appropriate investigation and handle any necessary changes. In addition, the Safe medical Devices Act of 1990 requires health professionals and facilities to tell the FDA of any serious illness or deaths because of medical devices.