Excess fat in the face can actually make you appear heavier and make you look like you weigh more than you do. Even with moderate exercise and healthy eating, facial fat can be difficult to get rid of especially underneath the chin, on the neck, cheeks and jawline. Facial liposuction can be a great solution to reduce stubborn facial fat and remove the appearance of a “double chin,” which is often a heredity trait. It can also help achieve a more aesthetically pleasing facial contour by re-sculpting areas around the chin, neck, jowls or cheeks. Both younger and older patients may benefit from the long lasting results of facial liposuction. Many older patients see greater benefits when combined with another surgical procedure such as a face lift, neck lift, blepharoplasty or brow lift. Good candidates are often men and women with fatty deposits and sagging skin in the jowl area, lower face and chin. I will determine whether facial liposuction would be a good option for you during a consultation.
What are the limitations of the Facial Liposuction?
It is important for you to understand that facial liposuction by itself cannot address all cases of excess facial fat. The critical issue is that performing facial liposuction alone (without being combined with a facelift) relies on the skin shrinking down adequately onto the underlying facial tissues. The patient’s age is the most important variable in predicting if the skin will “shrink wrap” snuggly over the face after the surplus fat has been removed. This age varies from patient to patient, but is somewhat between 40 and 45 years old. If you are younger than that, the skin typically can contract appropriately and an outstanding result is possible. However, if you are older than this range, removing fat often simply results in hanging skin – not a desirable goal for patients! This is why facial liposuction is often combined with a facelift. The fat is removed via liposuction and the excess skin is removed with a facelift procedure. Other variables such as sun exposure, smoking, and ethnicity can also impact the degree to which the skin reacts to a facial liposuction procedure. I will discuss each of these variables with you during your consultation.
The Day of the Facial Liposuction Procedure
Some of the advantages of a facial liposuction procedure is that it is marginally invasive, does not take long to perform and downtime is often minimal. On the day of the procedure, to ensure your comfort, you will be prepped with general anesthesia or local sedation. I will create a small well concealed incision beneath the chin (and sometimes behind the ears) in order to access the fat. Saline solution is inserted into this opening to allow for easier removal of fat. A cannula is then used to suction excess fat for a slimmer and more slender you! The procedure normally takes around one hour, depending upon the amount of fat that needs to be removed. Please note that if you are adding another procedure to facial liposuction, it will take more time. Over the counter pain medication or prescription pain pills may be taken if needed. The main part of the bruising and swelling usually lasts a few days (but complete resolution can require several weeks) and can be minimized with proper post care treatment. The true result of the procedure can be seen after swelling and bruising resolve. Most patients return back to work in one week or less. I will ask you to come back into the office a few days after the procedure to document your progress and ensure that you are healing well. One of the most exciting visits for patients is when they get to view their before and after photos. Up until then, it is difficulty to truly appreciate the dramatic results of the procedure.
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