In 2017, there were 17.5 million people who underwent a cosmetic procedure.
Liposuction continues to be a hot topic in the medical community, and still very popular among those looking to be free of stubborn fat.
But did you know that liposuction can also be done on your face? It’s true! If you are looking to define parts of your face, continue reading to learn more about face liposuction.
What is Liposuction?
More commonly known as ‘lipo,’ liposuction is a procedure that sucks the fat out of the body using a tool called a cannula. Most patients who have liposuction are those with a healthy weight but wish to remove pockets of fat from areas of the body like abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, breasts, arms, face, and neck. Lipo is usually a last resort if diet and exercised combined are not giving the results you want.
In some cases, during liposuction, the removed fat cells can be deposited into other parts of the body if you desire to reshape other body areas such as buttocks or breasts. The removed fat cells are gone and do not come back.
To be considered a good candidate for any liposuction, you should have healthy skin that has maintained its elasticity.
Once you meet with the plastic surgeon, they will review your qualifications to see if liposuction is right for you.
How Can I Get Liposuction?
The best way to get liposuction is by searching for a plastic surgeon who specializes in liposuction on the areas you desire to change. At SBC Medical Group, you will be in excellent hands with one of our in house plastic surgeons at any of our locations.
When considering liposuction decide which part of the body you wish to focus on and consult with the surgeon that meets your needs. They will consult with you on how to proceed and inform you of the tools and how a typical procedure happens. Depending on the area and complexity of the surgery, you will either be under general or local anesthesia.
Who Should Not Have Liposuction?
We do not recommend Liposuction as a healthy alternative for weight loss, or for those with obesity. However, if you have recently lost 40 pounds or more, and have sagging skin, liposuction may be beneficial.
Those with other health problems such as diabetes, weak immune systems, and blood problems should avoid liposuction.
The appearance of cellulite will not diminish with liposuction, so having a realistic view of liposuction is essential. Otherwise, you could be disappointed with the results.
Is Liposuction on the Face OK?
Face liposuction usually means treating areas like cheeks, jawline, neckline, and chin, fixing what is known as ‘turkey neck’ to give the jaw and neck more definition.
As you discuss your goals or desires with your surgeon, they may suggest other treatments done simultaneously with facial liposuction such as a facelift for ultimate results. These are entirely up to you.
While the procedure itself depends mainly on the parts of the body you are treating, it is likely that facial liposuction could take an hour or less. The surgeon will mark the areas, and small incisions are made at the site to be treated and opened. The surgeon then ‘sucks’ out the fat, and completes the procedure.
There are other milder forms of liposuction, so be sure to inquire about all your options. The surgeon may suggest other methods that you may be more comfortable with.
What Kind of Recovery Should I Expect?
After the procedure, you will be able to see the results immediately.
Besides more noticeable features, such as a sharper, slimmer jawline or neckline, you may experience some bruising or pain. These are expected and will typically digress within weeks. In some cases, you could be required to wear a garment that targets excessive swelling.
You may also have antibiotics prescribed to prevent any infections, and suggested to stop smoking.
Returning to work or daily activities can be done about five days (more or less) after your procedure. Follow your doctor’s instructions precisely to avoid any potential damage.
Are There Any Side Effects?
As with any medical procedure, there are always risks.
Here are some common problems that could arise:
- Nerve damage
- Anesthesia complications
- Bleeding or blood clots
- Discontentment with results
- Blood and fluid under the skin
While this is not an exhaustive list of side effects, keep in mind that each person’s operation is different, and to alert your doctor if you experience anything that seems out of the ordinary during recovery.
Remember, that although the fat cells are gone permanently, it is essential to keep the weight off. New fat cells could emerge should you gain more weight. Adopt a healthier diet and exercise routine to preserve the results of your surgery.
Face Liposuction: Is it For You?
Having face liposuction is an entirely personal decision that should be discussed with your health practitioner and plastic surgeon. If done correctly and thoroughly, the results of liposuction are lasting as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Are you ready to talk about your plastic surgery? Our team has over 25 years of experience in cosmetic surgery using the latest technology and research. Visit our page to learn more about how we can help you look and feel your best!