If you’ve ever been told that you have a “baby face”, then you know it’s easy to start feeling self-conscious about extra fat in your cheeks, chin, and neck area. While diet and exercise can help slim you down, facial fat often does not respond to these methods as well as body fat does. If you’re unhappy with chubby cheeks or a double chin, you might consider facial liposuction as a solution for creating a more sculpted and refined facial line.
Facial liposuction is usually performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision in a discreet location, and then sculpts the faceby selectively removing fat through this incision with a suction device. Though the volume of fat removed is usually not very large, the technique can produce dramatic results that drastically change the look of the face. As with any other type of liposuction, the treatment should not be used as a weight loss tool but rather as a sculpting tool.
Facial liposuction can be used to sculpt the face in many ways. Some of the most popular include treatment for:
- Double chin
- Saggy Jowls
- Excessive neck fat
- Facial rejuvenation
Am I a Good Candidate?
Facial liposuction is often combined with other treatments such as a neck or face lift. On its own, it should be used carefully, and can be overused in the face. Remember, as you age, you loose volume in your face. It is very hard to put back. The best candidates for facial liposuction:
- Are under 40 (unless liposuction is combined with other procedures)
- Have good skin tone
- Are a healthy weight
- Are in general good health
- Have realistic expectations.
Only a qualified facial plastic surgeon can make an individual recommendation on whether facial liposuction would benefit you and if you can expect a good outcome.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. It is most successful for localized areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. While fat cells removed using liposuction will not grow back, the patient must still avoid gaining weight as existing fat cells in other areas will expand rather than renewing themselves in the treated areas. Patients who have liposuction to their cheeks sometimes think they look too gaunt as they lose volume with aging.
Seek Out a Facial Plastic Surgeon
Facial sculpting with liposuction should only be performed by a surgeon who specializes in facial surgery. Choose a board-certified doctor with a great deal of experience. Acclaimed plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery has locations in Worcester(508-363-6500) and Stoneham(617-247-0033), Massachusetts. For top-quality treatments and compassionate care in the Boston area, call to schedule your consultation.