Facial Liposuction and Contouring
Facial liposuction treatment is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgical procedure used to remove the accumulation of fat from the chin around the neck and in the cheeks. Hereditary factors can leave certain people with excess fat under their chin and in their cheeks. Because it is difficult to lose weight in your face through diet and exercise, liposuction provides another option to help people get the appearance they want.
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Hootan Zandifar, MD, FACS, Board Certified Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
What parts of the face can benefit from facial liposuction?
The neck, chin, cheek, and jaw can all benefit from facial liposuction.
- Submental liposuction is a procedure where localized fat deposits are removed from the neck and jawline.
- Buccal Fat Pad Reduction (Bichectomy or Bichatectomy) is a form of plastic surgery that removes a structure known as a Buccal Fat Pad (Bichat fat pad) from a person’s cheek.
In the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon facial lipo contouring helps a person who may look overweight and provide a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
What is the process for facial liposuction?
After administering an anesthetic, which may be a combination of a local anesthetic as well as intravenous sedation, or twilight anesthesia, the plastic surgeon will make a small incision, generally underneath the chin and/or behind the earlobe in a crease of the skin. Then, after breaking up the fat, it will be suctioned out. The whole liposuction procedure generally takes no longer than one hour.
Does the fat come back after liposuction?
When fat cells are removed they are removed permanently and the fat cells will not grow back. However, other fat cells in the area can still grow larger. To ensure the best results from liposuction we recommend that you maintain your weight through diet and exercise.
How painful is liposuction recovery?
The amount of pain each person feels varies. The procedure is usually done under twilight anesthesia and thus is not very painful. There is some discomfort associated with recovery, but it is usually very well tolerated. For most patients receiving facial liposuction, the level of discomfort feels like having a large bruise in the area that was treated. The pain shouldn’t be enough to prevent you from concentrating on other things.
Who is a good candidate?
Facial Liposuction is usually good for patients that are younger with fullness under their chin or neck. Having good skin elasticity is also important, as having skin that is thin with poor elasticity could cause your skin to appear loose around the areas that are treated. It is also important to be in good health without conditions, such as diabetes or a weakened immune system, that could cause surgical complications.
What are the risks?
As with all surgeries and procedures, there are risks. In addition to general risks such as, infection, bleeding, and risks associated with anesthesia, risks of facial liposuction can include, nerve damage, loss of sensation, and scarring. There is also a risk of developing a hematoma, which is a collection of blood pooling under the skin that may clot, or a seroma, which is a collection of fluid under the skin. As with all cosmetic procedures, there is always a risk of being dissatisfied with the results of the procedure.
Does facial liposuction leave a scar?
While there is the potential for scarring, the typical insertion cannula is so thin that the small cuts leave a very small scar that is hardly noticeable. You may have bruising, but this is normal and should resolve in seven to ten days.
What is the average recovery time for facial liposuction?
It takes about seven to ten days to recover from facial liposuction. A compression garment or elastic bandages will generally be recommended to wear in order to help reduce swelling.
How Much Does Facial Liposuction Cost?
Insurance generally does not cover the cost of liposuction for purely cosmetic reasons. Depending on the location of the liposuction, it can cost anywhere between $2,500 to $5,000. If laser or ultrasound-assisted liposuction is done or the procedure is done under anesthesia, this can also increase the cost.
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If you have a double chin, jowls, or a turkey-waddle neck and are unhappy with the appearance, facial liposuction may be a good option for you. Dr. Zandifar is a board-certified in Facial Plastic Surgeon and is able to provide the information needed to make the best choice for you. He and his staff work together to give you a natural-looking result in order to look, and feel, your best. Contact Zandifar MD to schedule a consultation to see if facial liposuction is a good choice for you.