If you’re considering liposuction surgery, then you’ll want to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has years of experience in performing the procedure and is highly recommended by satisfied patients. Dr. Joseph Rucker performs fat removal surgery, AKA liposuction, at his practice in Wisconsin, Plastic Surgery Clinic of Eau Claire. Whether you want to remove belly fat, take a few inches off of your thighs, or eliminate a double chin, liposculpture can help. Here’s what you need to know about this popular plastic surgery procedure and how it can bring your body back.
Liposuction Before-and-After Results Photos
What kind of results can you expect from fat removal through lipo? Take a look at Dr. Rucker’s before and after photos to see the areas of the body that liposuction can treat and the typical results that patients can look forward to.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, or liposculpture, is a popular body contouring cosmetic surgery that removes fat from various areas of the body according to a patient’s goals. The surgery can sculpt almost any area and get rid of fat that has been resistant to diet and exercise.
As a body contouring procedure, the goal of liposuction is to reshape your body and improve your figure and contour. Depending on your goals, one or more areas of the body might be treated during lipo.
During traditional liposuction, Dr. Rucker uses the tumescent technique to minimize blood loss and improve results. At the beginning of the procedure, he injects fluid into the treatment areas.
The fluid causes the fat to swell, making it easier to remove. The solution also causes the nearby blood vessels to constrict, minimizing bleeding. An additional benefit of tumescent liposuction is that it reduces bruising afterward.
After injecting the area, Dr. Rucker makes small incisions and uses a surgical vacuum and a hollow tube to remove the unwanted fat. Depending on the size of the treatment area, traditional liposuction can be an in-office procedure performed with local anesthesia or an outpatient procedure performed with general anesthesia.
The neck is often one part of the body that begins to show signs of aging soonest. In addition to a neck lift to reduce sagging skin and loose muscles, many people decide to have neck liposuction to remove unwanted fat from the jawline and neck areas.
The upper arms are another popular liposuction treatment area, as fat in the arms tends to be resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction of the arms can be combined with an arm lift, or brachioplasty, to improve the overall contour and definition of the upper arms.
When people gain weight, they often develop a double chin. Double chins can also form as the result of aging or due to a person’s genes. It’s possible to have limited fat elsewhere on the body while having excess chin fat.
Chin fat can be particularly stubborn, which is why surgical liposuction is often the preferred way to get rid of it. Depending on how elastic the skin is, chin liposuction might be combined with a neck lift to tighten loose skin.
Types of Liposuction Techniques
Dr. Rucker typically performs two main types of liposuction surgery. Each one has its advantages and potential drawbacks.
Tumescent liposuction is often the preferred surgical method for liposculpture. It offers several benefits compared to older techniques, including a reduced risk of side effects such as bruising, bleeding and swelling.
Two types of tumescent liposuction are available: super-wet and wet. It can be helpful to look up a liposuction video if you want to understand the differences between the two types. Both options involve the use of a solution containing saline (saltwater), epinephrine, and an anesthetic, such as lidocaine.
Tumescent liposuction often has a shorter recovery time compared to older methods of liposculpture. It can be completely customized to meet the needs and expectations of the patient.
While tumescent liposuction uses an injected solution to break down fat before removal, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, sometimes called ultrasonic liposuction, uses ultrasound energy to prepare unwanted fat for removal.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction can be either internal or external. During internal ultrasound-assisted liposuction, Dr. Rucker uses a cannula (suction tube) to break down the fat. The cannula vibrates in the body, breaking up the fat and preparing it for removal.
During external ultrasound-assisted liposuction, a paddle is placed on the outside of the body, in the area where the patient would like to get rid of fat. The paddle sends vibrations through the skin, breaking up the fat below. External ultrasound-assisted liposuction requires smaller incisions but also has a higher risk of causing nerve damage and other side effects.
Is Liposuction Safe?
When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Rucker in Wisconsin, liposuction is generally a safe procedure. The safety of the surgery also depends on the health and candidacy of the patient.
If you’re near or at your goal weight, have realistic expectations for the surgery and don’t have any untreated medical conditions, liposuction is generally safe. You can also increase the safety of the surgery by following any instructions from your surgeon before and after the procedure.
Ideal Liposuction Candidates
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Contrary to popular belief, the ideal liposuction candidate isn’t someone who’s looking to lose a lot of weight. A good candidate is a person who’s lost a lot of weight already or who is at their goal weight but still has areas of stubborn fat.
Candidates for liposuction should be in good overall health and should be non-smokers. It’s also important for liposuction candidates to have a realistic idea of what they can get from the procedure and what to expect afterward.
Your Lipo Consultation in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
If you’re interested in body contouring and liposuction, then your first step should be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rucker at his practice in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. During your consultation, you’ll discuss your goals for surgery with Dr. Rucker.
The consultation is an opportunity to get to know Dr. Rucker and for him to get to know you. Come to the consultation with any questions you have about liposuction and be ready to answer questions about your medical history and goals. You might end up discussing liposuction alternatives and other cosmetic procedures during your appointment if Dr. Rucker feels that a non-surgical option is more appropriate for you.
The Fat Removal Procedure
The liposuction procedure takes one to three hours, depending on the size of the treatment area(s). The first step in the process is administering the anesthesia. The anesthetic numbs the treatment area and may also put you to sleep, depending on the type you’re given. You’ll wake up afterward without any memory of what went on during the surgery.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Rucker will inject the treatment area with a fluid solution and make a small incision. He’ll thread the cannula attached to the liposuction machine through the incision.
Using vacuum pressure and ultrasound energy, Dr. Rucker will remove the unwanted fat through the tube of the cannula. After the desired amount of fat is removed from the area, Dr. Rucker will close the incision and the surgery will be complete.
Liposuction Recovery Process
Dr. Rucker will give you a list of instructions to follow during the recovery after liposuction. He usually recommends that patients wear compression garments over the treated area for several weeks after surgery. Compression garments help to reduce swelling and bumps in the area and can help to improve your final results.
Frequently Asked Questions about Liposculpture
Liposuction is a surgical fat removal procedure. During the surgery, a plastic surgeon uses a cannula to remove unwanted fat from areas of the body such as the abdomen, arms, thighs, chin, back, and hips.
The cost of liposuction varies based on the areas treated and the location of the practice. Dr. Rucker is proud to be able to offer liposuction at a competitive price of $4,400 which includes all taxes, fees, anesthesia, and three postoperative follow-up appointments. To help make your liposuction costs even more manageable, Dr. Rucker also offers financing through CareCredit.
Liposuction isn’t a weight-loss procedure. It’s designed to help you get rid of unwanted stubborn fat and to contour the body. Usually, the amount of weight people lose after liposuction is minimal. If you’re in the process of losing weight or want to lose more weight, there are other options that might be more appropriate for you.
Many people find that liposuction is a moderately painful procedure, giving it a rating of six out of 10 (with 10 being the most painful). Modern techniques help to improve comfort levels during and after the surgery, however. Dr. Rucker will also write you a prescription for pain medication to improve your comfort level after the surgery.
As long as they are in good health and meet other candidacy requirements, adults of all ages are eligible for liposuction.
Liposuction results can be permanent, as long as you maintain your weight. If you gain weight after the surgery, the remaining fat cells in the treated area might enlarge. Following a healthy diet and keeping up a regular exercise routine after liposuction can help you maintain your results.
Dr. Rucker typically needs between one and three hours to perform liposuction. The exact length of the procedure depends on the size of the treatment area and how much fat you want to have removed.
Usually, initial recovery from lipo takes about one or two weeks, with many people returning to work after a week or two. If you’re interested in learning how to recover from liposuction faster, you can ask Dr. Rucker for specific advice and recommendations. Wearing a compression garment for the first month will help to improve results and reduce swelling and bruising.
Known risks and complications of liposuction include bruising, bleeding, and infection. Another potential risk of the surgery is having rippled or dimpled skin afterward. Rippling can occur when there isn’t enough elasticity in the skin and it doesn’t bounce back after surgery. Combining liposuction with a lift procedure in the same area can help to reduce rippling.Dr. Rucker prioritizes safety and results and takes steps to minimize the risks of liposuction.
The goals of lipo surgery and a tummy tuck are different. A tummy tuck can be the right choice for you if you have loose skin in the abdominal area or weak abdominal muscles. Liposuction is a better choice if your primary concern is how to remove belly fat or fat elsewhere on the body.
The incisions Dr. Rucker makes during liposuction usually are very small. Most people find that their scars are hardly visible at all after surgery.
Schedule your Liposuction in Wisconsin Today
Wondering where to get liposuction? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Rucker has performed more than 1,500 liposuction surgeries at his practice in Wisconsin. He offers liposuction for men and women to help eliminate stubborn, unwanted fat all over the body. To learn more, contact his practice in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at 800.456.8222 to schedule your consultation today, or fill out our contact form.