Liposuction

Beauty by Brueck

Robert J. Brueck, M.D.

Cosmetic Surgeon located in Fort Myers, FL & Cape Coral, FL

If diet and exercise have done little to help you reach your last lingering fat reduction goals, liposuction might be a great fit for you. Dr. Robert Brueck at Beauty by Brueck in Fort Myers, Florida, has extensive experience in various liposuction techniques and can help you reshape your body in a safe and effective way. If you’d like more information or are wondering if you’re a good candidate for liposuction, book an appointment today to learn more. Online scheduling is an option, or you can always contact the office by phone.

Liposuction Q & A

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that permanently removes targeted fat cells from your body. Like any surgery, it carries a risk of side effects. Liposuction is usually very well tolerated, however, and thousands of men and women undergo the procedure each and every year.

Liposuction can effectively reshape various areas of your body, including:

  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Abdomen

The procedure can also be used on smaller areas of your body.

How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction procedures use a thin tube called a cannula. A small incision lets Dr. Brueck insert the cannula under your skin and guide it to the treatment area. As the cannula moves, suction removes fat cells through the tube and into a collection vessel outside of your body.

There are several techniques that can enhance the liposuction process, including:

Tumescent liposuction

This approach introduces a solution of lidocaine and epinephrine into the treatment area. Both of those anesthetic medications reduce your ability to feel the liposuction procedure and can eliminate the need for general anesthesia.

Ultrasound-guided liposuction

In this approach, ultrasound technology breaks down or liquifies the targeted fat, making it easier to suction.

Laser-assisted liposuction

This approach uses low-energy waves to change the consistency of your fat, making it easier to suction.   

Can liposuction help me lose weight?

While liposuction does permanently eliminate fat cells from your body, it isn’t an effective way to lose weight. Your fat cells work to store fat until you need it for energy. Those cells have the ability to expand and contract. When you gain weight, you aren’t creating new fat cells, the ones you have are simply growing larger.

Therefore, removing a portion of your fat cells through liposuction won’t help you maintain a stable weight, as excess nutrients will simply be held in your remaining fat cells. Liposuction is a body contouring option and works to eliminate relatively small problem areas where fatty deposits linger.

Is liposuction recovery painful?

You’ll experience some discomfort and swelling after your anesthesia wears off, but Dr. Brueck can ensure you have the right medication to manage discomfort as your body heals. Immediately after your procedure, your treatment area is compressed with gauze or other bandaging.

Maintaining the right amount of pressure is critical to helping the healing process move forward. Within a week or so, any swelling and bruising should subside, and you can enjoy your newly contoured body.

If you’d like to learn more about what liposuction can do for you, book an appointment online or by phone today.