Fat is an essential component of the body, which can create beautiful contours and a youthful appearance when found in the right places—and in the right amounts. Fat gets a bad rap, however, because it’s often too abundant in places we don’t want it—in the belly, hips, thighs, and even the face. While facial volume is essential to youthful facial aesthetics, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. For some people, fat deposits in the face simply won’t respond to diet and exercise, and can cause a round face, a double chin, or other problems arising from the “baby fat” in the face. Luckily, there is an option for contouring the face: facial liposuction.
What is Facial Liposuction?
Most people are familiar with the concept of liposuction—surgically removing fat cells so they do not return. However, this procedure is most commonly performed on problem areas like the stomach and thighs, and many people are unaware that liposuction can be performed on the face as well.
Facial liposuction is not used for weight loss, but to contour the face and remove stubborn “baby fat” that can keep a person looking much younger than they are. Facial liposuction can also resolve a stubborn double chin.
How Does it Work?
Liposuction techniques have evolved over the years, and today’s methods are safe and gentle enough to be used on small, sensitive areas like the face. A high-powered sub-atmospheric pressure pump is often used to extract the fat and contour the face for natural-looking results. Only small incisions are needed to perform the procedure, typically located under the chin.
Once fat cells are removed, they will not grow back, but remaining cells can still expand, causing weight gain. This is why patients need to be careful to maintain a stable weight following the procedure.
Is it Safe?
Today, plastic surgery is generally very safe. Facial liposuction is typically performed using just local anesthesia, though some patients opt for sedation as well, to make the procedure more comfortable. Recovery is fairly quick, with only small incisions that require healing. Many patients can return to normal activities within a day or two, with only minimal elastic dressings needed for a few days.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Facial liposuction can be an empowering procedure for the right candidates, boosting self-esteem and confidence. However, it is not right for everyone, and there are some candidacy requirements for the procedure. Candidates should be healthy adults with realistic expectations for the results of the procedure. Prospective patients should also have good skin elasticity to prevent loose, excess skin following the procedure. Sound like you? Facial liposuction could be a good option for meeting your goals!
If you’d like to learn more about facial liposuction, then it’s a good idea to consult with an expert plastic surgeon to discuss your goals for the procedure. Be sure to seek advice only from a board certified provider, like Dr. Haitham Masri at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery. Our plastic surgeons have multiple board certifications, decades of experience, and the ability to help you plan the treatment that is best for you.
To schedule a consultation in Birmingham or Dearborn, MI, call our offices at (866-487-3223) today.