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I am a person of color who is interested in liposuction. I am particularly concerned...

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I am a person of color who is interested in liposuction. I am particularly concerned about scarring issues due to my skin tone. How can I locate doctors in my area who specialize or gear their practices towards patients of color?

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Liposuction can be performed on appropriate candidates with any skin type.  Scarring is usually quite minimal.  Of course, there is a higher chance for a person with olive, pigmented or darker skin types to develop a raised scar such as a hypertrophic scar or keloid.  There are ways to help minimize these risks or improve the appearance if such a problem develops including post operative taping, silicone gel or sheets, steroid injections, and hydroquinone.  All ASAPS members should be completely capable of managing patients of color.  You may go to http://www.surgery.org/consumers/find-a-plastic-surgeon to locate a surgeon in your area.

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Most plastic surgeons are aware of healing issues for patients of color and take steps to minimize risks. You should ask this of your prospective surgeon(s) as to what they would do differently to provide you with an optimized outcome.

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Most Board Certified Plastic Surgeons in metropolitan areas, who have been treating patients for a few years, will have seen a cross section of humanity of all walks of life. They should have the skills and judgement to treat all skin types.  I do not feel it is necessary to seek out a Lebanese doctor if you are Lebanese, a Caucasian surgeon if you are of Northern European extraction, or an Asian plastic surgeon if you are Korean.  To locate an ASAPS member doctor in your area, you may click on the following link:  http://www.surgery.org/consumers/find-a-plastic-surgeon.

Frederick E. Thompson, M.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Liberty, MO

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Consult with 2 - 3 Board Certified Plastic Surgeons and discuss your concerns.  You will have some scars as a result of surgery - the question is the quality of the scar.

Liposuction leaves a small scar, about one centimeter or less.  We try to put the scar in a hidden area.  The quality of scars are determined by:

1. Location

2. How it healed.

3. Most important however is your genetic tendencies to form a scar.

You may find an ASAPS member doctor in your area by clicking on the following link: http://www.surgery.org/consumers/find-a-plastic-surgeon.

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