Over time our body ages and fat deposits will settle in our cheeks, chin, and neck. Facial liposuction is a common and popular procedure designed for the permanent removal of fatty tissue. This minimally invasive procedure allows the surgeon to remove undesirable, subcutaneous fat in isolated areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.
The best results from facial liposuction occur in patients who have fatty deposits but good skin tone. Please note this is not a treatment for obesity and if weight gain occurs after liposuction, fat will be deposited in areas that have not been treated. Facial liposuction can be repeated if necessary with a limit on how much can be done during a single procedure. There are multiple factors that can affect the results including genetic makeup, physical condition, exercise, diet, alcohol intake, smoking, and skin elasticity.
Facial liposuction is performed under general anesthesia and involves the surgeon making a small (less than 1/2 inch), discreet incision or incisions in the face or neck. A cannula is then inserted into the incision and attached to a suction machine. This process generally takes an hour or more and the results are permanent. However, if you were to gain a significant amount of weight, you might notice rippling in the treated areas.
After liposuction, the scar will begin to heal and go through a maturation process. During the first two to three months the scars may be red and possibly raised. During the next six to twelve months the scars will become pale, flat, and soft. It is possible that you will experience numbness, burning, and/or tingling around the incision sites, however these symptoms are almost always temporary. At your consultation, please let us know if you are prone to keloid scars. For more information, contact us to set up a consultation.