Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that involves removing fat from many different sites on the body. It is also known as liposculpture suction lipectomy, lipoplasty or simply lipo. Liposuction can be performed on many different areas of the body including
- Outer thighs (saddlebags)
- Flanks (love handles)
- Inner thighs
- Inner knees
- Upper arms
- Submental (Chin, gullet)
- Gynecomastia(male breast tissue)
Below we will discuss face liposuction, its benefits, what candidates are appropriate for this liposuction, the actual procedure, the risks and effects, the recovery time and care guidelines, the cost and some before and after pictures.
Facial Liposuction is the removal of unwanted fat from the cheeks and jaw line in order to provide patients with a slimmer face and a slimmer contour that is more symmetrical. Facial liposuction is a common cosmetic procedure amongst those who want a more youthful, slimmer face. We also can perform lipolysis, or buccal fat pad surgery.
The Benefits of Facial Liposuction
There are numerous benefits for facial liposuction, the main benefits being
- The tightening of saggy skin
- Fixing double chins, chubby cheeks and saggy jowls
- Improvement of the overall shape of the face
- It is permanent and immediate
- If the goal isn’t weight loss, it helps reshape and contour the face
The overall benefit of facial liposuction is an improvement to your self-confidence and to your looks to make you feel more like yourself.
Who is a Candidate for Facial Liposuction?
Facial liposuction is probably one of the most open forms of liposuction as most people are candidates for facial liposuction. Typically, candidates for facial liposuction are those who are frustrated and unhappy with excess fat anywhere on their face, such as the cheeks and chin. The best candidates for facial liposuction are those with a good skin elasticity around their face, however, most patients are still suitable for facial liposuction even without these features. If you are unsure whether you are an appropriate candidate for facial liposuction, please contact us and we will help you determine whether or not you are an appropriate facial liposuction candidate.
The type of liposuction in facial liposuction is called tumescent suction assisted fine cannula lipo or more simply Suction assisted Liposuction (SAL). This is the standard method of liposuction and typically yields the best and safest results. In this procedure, a small cannula is inserted through a small incision and is then attached to a vacuum device. The surgeon will then push and pull the cannula in a forwards and backwards motion, carefully through the fat layer which breaks up fat cells and then draws them out of the body by suction. Additionally, the tumescent technique means that general anesthetic is not needed and local anesthetic is used instead as well as the procedure minimizing blood loss during the procedure. Even if not much fatty tissue is removed through the process, the overall appearance of the face is improved as skin tightens and takes on the shape of the jaw and cheeks. The procedure typically takes a little over an hour to complete, however this varies from patient to patient.
Cost varies significantly depending on factors such as personal health, the difficulty of the procedure, if it is done in conjunction with other procedures as well as numerous other factors. So either give us a call or come in for a consultation and we will provide you with an estimate of how much the surgery will cost for you so that you can determine what cosmetic procedures you want.
There are a number of risks associated with most forms of surgery and facial liposuction is no exception. Risks that are specific to facial liposuction include
- Swelling and damage to the branches of the facial nerves
- Loss of sensation in affect areas
- Bleeding, infection, scarring and blood clots under the skin
- Buildup of fluid under the skin
These risks are usually not an issue if your cosmetic surgeon is well trained and equipped to perform your surgery and they typically only occur in very rare situations.
The major risks associated with cosmetic surgery in general are
- Dissatisfaction with results
- Health Status
- Anesthesia Risks
- Social and Psychological Risks
To learn more about the risks associated with cosmetic surgery and what we do to prevent them, take a look at this article on the risks of cosmetic surgery.
Recovery and care guidelines
Every person’s recovery from facial liposuction is different and recovery time depends on numerous factors such as how you care for yourself after the surgery, your health status, the success of the procedure, the type of procedure as well as numerous other factors. To assist you in your recovery from facial liposuction below you will find information about recovery and care guidelines after your procedure.
As you recover from your facial liposuction procedure, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas, once your procedure is completed. This is done to help control swelling and to compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition to this, small temporary drains are sometimes placed in existing incisions beneath the skin in order to remove excess blood or fluid.
After this, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure that may include:
- When to follow up with your cosmetic surgeon
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and to reduce the potential for infection
- How to care for the surgical site and drains
- Specific concerns and issues to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
On top of this, make sure that you ask your cosmetic surgeon questions about what you can expect during your recovery period. Questions may include:
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after the procedure?
- Where will I be taken after my procedure is complete?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after the procedure?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
The swelling may take several months to fully dissipate. While it does this, your contours and your enhanced self-image should continue to develop. However, after a few days you can typically return to your normal activities such as work. You should generally wait at least two weeks before undergoing exercise again, however this varies from person to person, so make sure you are in contact with your cosmetic surgeon before undergoing exercise after your procedure.
Dr Wayne Young is one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Sydney, using his extensive training in both plastic and cosmetic surgery to achieve fantastic results. He listens to his patients and develops a wonderful rapport, discovering the changes they want and showing how much he really cares, allowing him to fulfil his goal to “not only make beautiful people, but to make people’s lives beautiful”. Dr Young is very effective at performing facial liposuction in Sydney and gives you the results you want. This is what sets Dr Young apart from his contemporaries and has allowed him to become one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Sydney.