Some people experience extra pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, particularly near the thighs, hips, abdomen, and upper arms, which can lead to a lowered self-image. Board-certified Nashville plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Hueneke offers liposuction, a process that removes excess fat deposits to improve your health, body contour, and proportions. This procedure is available to patients in Smyrna, Brentwood, Hendersonville, and the surrounding areas in Tennessee.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction, or suction lipectomy, is a type of body-sculpting procedure created to remove fat from the body that is unresponsive to diet and exercise. Unlike a tummy tuck, which focuses solely on the abdominal region, liposuction can be applied nearly anywhere on the body, including the stomach, waistline, arms, thighs, buttocks, hips, chin/neckline, etc. Once an individual has undergone liposuction, they will enjoy a slimmer, tighter looking figure. Liposuction can also help create a more proportioned figure and improve the overall shape and contour of the body.
Plastic Surgery Affiliates is the premier plastic surgery destination for liposuction in Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville and throughout the region. Dr. Michael Hueneke is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and welcomes new patients that are interested in learning more about the procedure.
Take a look at this gallery of liposuction before and after pictures. These will give you realistic expectations of what your liposuction may look like, and what Dr. Hueneke is capable of achieving.
Benefits of Liposuction
Many liposuction patients undergo the procedure for a better-looking body. It is not designed for weight loss, but for the reshaping of problem areas. This change can have many benefits on your confidence and self-esteem. It can also successfully achieve what diet and exercise can’t. Clothes may fit better and many women report feeling more confident in social and professional situations.
Liposuction benefits may also go past the waistline. Some medical conditions may also benefit from liposuction, including:
- Lipomas – benign fatty tumors
- Gynecomastia – breast tissue in men
- Lipodystrophy syndrome – a fat metabolism disturbance in which there is too much fat in some parts of the body and absence of fat in other parts
How Is Liposuction Performed?
Dr. Hueneke uses the tumescent technique, as well as power- and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make a very small incision into the problem area, inserting a thin, hollow tube called a cannula, which breaks down the fat and sucks it up.
Once the fat is extracted, the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with a sterile dressing. During your consultation, the details of the surgery will be explained.
Preparing for Liposuction
In preparing for liposuction, you should take care of household responsibilities such as food prep and chores beforehand to give yourself time to recuperate. Prescriptions should be filled before your surgery and you should have someone to drive you home from the surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours. You should set up a rest area on the first floor of your home to avoid stairs. Dr. Hueneke will provide you with a list of things you should not do, eat or wear.
Recovery from Liposuction
Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis. Usually, people are back to work in 3 to 5 days. You will need to wear a special compressive garment for three weeks. There can be a moderate amount of bruising that subsides by this time.
If you experience discomfort or swelling, use over-the-counter medication containing acetaminophen or ibuprofen for relief.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
Because there are a variety of different liposuction options available, the prices will vary depending on which procedure is right for you. Dr. Hueneke’s friendly and knowledgeable staff is on hand to discuss liposuction costs with you on a one-on-one basis. Dr. Hueneke accepts cash, check or credit card, and works with CareCredit®, American Healthcare Lending® and Medical Financing to offer our patients convenient and affordable payment options for liposuction. To learn more, please visit our financing page.
Is Liposuction Right for Me?
Liposuction is a great opportunity for both men and women to look their best. It is designed for individuals who are in fairly good shape, but have “problem areas” that do not respond to diet and exercise. Ideal candidates for liposuction are physically fit and exercise regularly, but can’t seem to eliminate that pesky, persistent bulge.
Remember that suction lipectomy is not a replacement for diet and exercise, and it’s not a cure-all for preventing weight gain. You can still gain weight, even after receiving liposuction, if you fail to exercise and eat a balanced diet. Liposuction is simply a tool for reducing fat in the body that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise.
Why Choose Dr. Michael Hueneke for Liposuction?
Dr. Hueneke is a top doctor in Nashville — he has completed a residency in plastic surgery and is recognized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Hueneke realizes the delicate emotions that come with the decision to undergo liposuction and uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Because of his extensive experience with the newest techniques, Dr. Hueneke can provide an objective evaluation of which techniques would be best for each individual. He spends a great deal of time with potential patients, answering their questions and lending a consultative ear.
What to Expect During Your Liposuction Consultation
The results of your liposuction will depend on your problem area and goals and desires. It is important to discuss these with Dr. Hueneke prior to your surgery so you can have a similar understanding of what to expect. Be prepared to discuss your motivation for surgery and expectations, your medical history, the likely outcomes of surgery, any risks or complications, and the course of treatment recommended by Dr. Hueneke.
Dr. Michael Hueneke offers liposuction and plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Tennessee including: Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Lebanon. If you would like to tone problem areas or obtain a firmer, more youthful appearance, please contact Plastic Surgery Affiliates today to find out if liposuction is right for you. Contact Dr. Michael Hueneke today to schedule your free liposuction consultation!
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