Saturday, January 23, 2010

Patient testimonial about corrective breast implant plastic surgery

In this video testimonial, I talk with Laura, who had a previous implant procedure by another doctor. We have edited the interview only to eliminate mention of the other plastic surgeon, out of professional courtesy

After that surgery, Laura began to have problems with the implants shifting. She came to me to see what could be done. I performed a new surgery to correct the problems.

Laura tells us about how grateful she was, and is, to be able to return to her routine of fitness workouts, without worrying about how her breasts would look.

No one is perfect. Even surgeons are human.

It should be reassuring to know that no procedure is "forever". If you are dissatisfied, see me or another surgeon to see what can be done to make you happier.

So here is Laura's story.

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Thank you. And thank you to Laura for sharing her story.

Leslie tells us about her plastic surgery experience with Dr. Brueck

In this video testimonial, Leslie tells us about her motivations, results and satisfaction with Dr. Brueck, his staff and the procedure.

I won't tell you here how old Leslie is. Watch the video and be surprised when she confesses, willingly her age.

In fact, I find that most patients who have had plastic surgery, especially face rejuvenation, are so happy with how they look that they proudly declare it. It's what facial rejuvenation and other cosmetic surgery procedures do for your confidence.

Anyway, take a look at how excited and happy Leslie is.

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A plastic surgery patient testimonial for Dr. Brueck

One of the most important considerations for someone anticipating plastic surgery is how others, who already have had plastic surgery, feel about the results, the process and the doctor. I have recently completed a series of videos with patients who discuss their feelings about the work they had done.

I think you'll find them reassuring.

This one concerns a woman who lost 175 lbs. through bariatric surgery and wanted to renew her shape.

Let me know what you think.

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Thank you.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Life is good. How to get more of it - from Dr. Brueck, Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon

[This is one in a series of postings by Dr. Robert J Brueck concerning items of interest in health care. Other aspects of health, related specifically to cosmetic and plastic surgery, are discussed on Dr. Brueck's Web site.]

Now that we’ve learned that coffee can be good for your health, the more and more studies are showing other things are good as well.

We’ve learned in the past that omega 3 fatty acids from fish are great for your heart but new research shows they may also be good for longevity.

Heart patients that take omega3 fatty acids have longer telomeres -these are parts of the DNA molecules - and longer telomeres mean longer life expectancy.

Shorter telomeres are a key part of cellular aging.

I guess the lesson learned is that we should all go out and lengthen our telomeres.

Of course in order to verify this a double blind study would be necessary but it provides food for thought and hope for the future, enjoy.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

How to Make Happy New Year happy all year long. Advice from Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Brueck

This can be a challenging objective:

It seems as though many bygone years of good intentions have fallen by the wayside. It seems fewer and fewer people are making “New Year” resolutions.

But I have made one and can’t wait to share it with you!


We have all heard of the obesity epidemic - the term "couch potato". The truth is, it is NOT a mirage. It is real.

Put simply, the choice to exercise or not is entirely yours!

There are so many advantages to exercising, such as:

  • 27% reduction in strokes,
  • 50% reduction in death,
  • 40% reduction in high blood pressure;
  • it can also reduce the risk of recurrent breast cancer by 50%,
  • the risk of colon cancer by 60%,
  • the risk of Alzheimer’s by 40%
  • and get this, it can even lower depression as effectively as Prozac.

You may gain all of these health benefits along with getting a “lean, mean-machine body".

Is their any doubt about the value of exercise?.

I think the benefits are obvious but the real question is, what you have to do to get these benefits. You can go to the government website online at: and the recommendations include the following:

  • At least 2 and a half hours of moderate intensity or 1hr15min of vigorous intensity-aerobic activities should last at least 10 minutes

  • Additional health benefits accrue to those who double the amount above

  • Muscle strengthening of major muscle groups at least 2 times a week

  • Moderate activity can include ballroom and line dancing, biking on level ground, walking, tennis (doubles)

  • Vigorous activity is singles tennis, heavy gardening such as digging holes or hoeing, and race walking

But the real debate - the real question is, "Is more better?"

Dr. Paul Wilhorim studied 100,000 runners over 20 years. He has been shunned by some in the medical community, but his research is impressive.

He feels that, by exceeding the federal guidelines, you can reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, glaucoma, diabetes and other diseases by 70%.

On the flip side some doctors feel “excessive” exercise can lead to injury. Excessive exercise can induce the release of stress hormones which can dampen the immune system.

No easy answer, but one thing is for sure, the right amount of exercise CAN lead to a healthier and more productive life.

Fort Myers, FL, cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Robert J. Brueck, deals with issues
of obesity-related plastic surgery procedures on his web site.
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How bad are cell phones for your health? Dr. Brueck, Plastic Surgeon, reflects:

[This message is provided by Dr. Brueck, Fort Myers Plastic surgeon, in the interest of general information about subjects of medical research. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be considered as such.]

Over the last several years the public has been inundated with data studies and surveys suggesting excessive cell phone use may lead to brain cancer.

What is excessive? 1 hour, 5 hours? Who knows?

It is a controversy that will be with us a long time.

But, as the controversy grows and deepens, a recent study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease shows long term use of cell phones in mice can reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

One group of mice was subjected to two hours of electro-magnetic fields (cell phones) and the second group none. After seven months the cell phone groups did better in cognitive thinking.

Older mice that had symptoms of Alzheimer’s also got better after eight months.

Mice are mice and men are men so we have to be careful of drawing any conclusions. But like so many things in our lives, it makes us sit back and wonder. We’ll wait for chapter two.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Coffee Talk - A hot topic from Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Brueck

(The following article is offered as interesting information about coffee, based on research of several sources. It is not intended as medical advice from Dr. Brueck, and should not be taken as such.)

"Let's have another cup of Java. Let's have another cup of Joe." Those lyrics from a WWII-era song reflect how deeply and how long coffee has been ingrained in American culture. That's right. They used to call it "java" and "joe".

Coffee almost certainly is the national drink of the USA. A super-majority of us drink it at least occasionally. Following on from countless neighborhood coffee shops, its popularity fueled one of America's most successful retail chains, originally based primarily on the idea of serving coffee. Starbucks in turn added other new words to the American vernacular, such as “vente” and “latte”.

There is something both very social and very private about coffee.

From the gathering of friends around a pot of hot black brew to the quiet expectancy of the first morning sip of "wake-me-up", there are few, if any, things quite so satisfying for everyday Americans.

Coffee drinkers in the US put away an average of slightly more than three nine-ounce cups per day. More than half (53%) of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every morning. Another 30% consume coffee on occasion. That makes the total percentage of Americans who drink coffee around 80%. Only water may exceed it.

What is all this coffee consumption worth? It’s estimated that the average coffee drinker spends more than $164.00 per year on coffee. If you are a commuter, chances are you have spent more than 40 hours a year standing in line to get your morning cup for your ride to work.

Most people drink coffee because they have acquired a taste for it. That process undoubtedly was fostered by pleasant social events and coffee's ability to brighten the morning, lift the spirits, make one more attentive and focused, and increase endurance at various tasks and activities.

Heavy coffee drinkers probably are drinking it for the “buzz”. While other beverages and foods also deliver caffeine, coffee is the bullet train for caffeine delivery.

For example, eight ounces of brewed coffee averagely contain 135 milligrams of caffeine vs. an similar amount of tea containing only 40 to 70 mg. The exception is energy drinks, some of which are designed primarily as caffeine vehicles.

With all this coffee (and caffeine) being consumed there is a fair amount of public angst concerning its effects. For years, caffeine was accused of being addictive, contributing to vascular problems and osteoporosis. As with many things that are pleasurable, there is a Puritan tendency to assume it must be bad for us.

The latest evidence, however suggests that coffee/caffeine has significant benefits if consumed with some moderation:

  • Coffee may lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. To be fair, however, existing diabetics will see a rise in blood sugar from caffeine.

  • Evidence of a link between cancer and coffee has been disproved; to the contrary, caffeine has been traced to lowering the risk of colon cancer and cancer of the mouth and throat.

  • If you drink coffee over a long period, you appear to have no greater risk of heart disease. It appears that it may actually lower your risk.

  • Drinking coffee in moderation may deter or defer Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Generally, the caffeine in coffee (and to a lesser degree, in tea) can assist in weight control. It speeds your metabolism and increases your burn-rate of calories.

  • As a diuretic, coffee also can enhance regularity.

  • It also can act as a mild pain reliever. Caffeine is an ingredient in many pain relievers. For a minor headache, a cup of coffee may provide relief.

  • Caffeine is credited with enhancing one’s ability to think clearly, increasing concentration and improving short-term memory. Of course, it’s obvious that coffee has a stimulating effect, as evidenced by the fact that millions of people use it to start their day, boost performance and fight off drowsiness.

  • While it appears to be possible to develop a habit of dependency on coffee, researchers have not been able to prove a pattern of addiction, either in use or withdrawal.
From other evidence:
  • It appears that caffeine lowers bone density, can increase the risk of miscarriage among pregnant women, and the risk of babies with low birth weight, and can raise the bad kind of cholesterol.

  • If you suffer from hypertension, you should be cautious of caffeine’s tendency to raise blood pressure.

  • What about coffee and caffeine’s effect on sleep habits? It appears to be an individual thing. Some people drink coffee to wake up and be alert. Others drink it to relax. It depends on what you are used to.

In summary, coffee is not all bad and not all good for you. If you enjoy it, don’t worry about it. As with everything, however, moderation makes sense.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010


This is really a great question to ask and many times when patients come in to see me I have been asked this question, "Have you had plastic surgery”?

I will wait until the end of this discussion to “tell all”.

A recent survey was sent to 2,635 randomly selected plastic surgeons and of those 276 responded. 62% of respondents had at least one minimally invasive procedure, which could be Botox, fillers, things of that sort.

Females were more likely to have more procedures done than their male counter parts. One third of respondents had at least one cosmetic surgery procedure performed. The most common procedure was liposuction of the trunk and the abdomen.

So there you have it. Yes, we do have cosmetic surgery. As far as I’m concerned, I am also in that group, I have had cosmetic surgery done and about 20 years ago I had liposuction done to my abdomen and flanks, which many people refer to as "love handles."

I guess that gives new meaning to the expression, "Been there. Done that."

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Take care and God Bless.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

NO MORE “BIONIC” JOINTS. News from Dr. Brueck, Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon

I feel somewhat like the bionic man with my new titanium rods in my lower back, but now new research is being conducted and new technology is being developed that may make traditional bionic joint replacement old fashioned.

Joints "Under Construction"

Scientists and researchers at the Orthomimetics Lab of Cambridge England, in conjunction with scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have constructed a scaffold of biodegradable material and placed it into the joint to allow cartilaginous material to be placed in this scaffold. The materials have microspheres or microscopic pores that allow blood and stem cells into and around this prefabricated scaffold. Stem cells then develop into cartilage and bone. This is a “joint” (pun intended) effort between scientists in England as well as MIT.

This new “scaffold” is already approved in Europe but awaits FDA approval here.

I wonder how future biomedical research and development will be affected by government control of medicine. New research and new drugs all come with a cost. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

The same spirit of technological advance in all of medicine is showing up in cosmetic surgery procedures as well.

What you knew about plastic surgery the last time you checked may be historic.

You're invited to visit my web site at Beauty-by-Brueck, where we frequently add news about the field of cosmetic surgery. And be sure to sign up for the RSS feed of this blog,, to receive regular updates. You can do so by accessing bloglines or feedburner. Just enter either term in you search engine to get started.

It's an exciting time, as long as it lasts.

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