If you have stubborn fat in the lower face and neck that persists despite your healthy lifestyle, facial liposuction may be the perfect solution. This minimally invasive cosmetic procedure slims trouble spots to create flattering and youthful definition.
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Weiss employs advanced liposuction techniques to provide you with the best results possible. He uses a special instrument, called a cannula, which is much thinner than older liposuction tools. It allows him to artistically sculpt the face and requires less downtime.
Learn more about facial liposuction and receive individualized recommendations by speaking with Dr. Weiss. Call 504-814-3223 today to schedule your consultation. Our practice serves men and women from Metairie, New Orleans, Mandeville, and the surrounding areas of Louisiana.
What is Facial Liposuction?
Liposuction flattens and defines the treatment area by suctioning away excess fat cells. It is a technique commonly associated with body contouring. However, liposuction also provides incredible results when performed on the lower face and neck.
It can be difficult to lose facial fat. Concerns such as a double chin or prominent jowls tend to resist all efforts to slim down. This is often due to factors such as genetics and age. Fortunately, facial liposuction provides a safe and effective way to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Facial Liposuction Before & After
What Areas Can Facial Lipo Treat?
Dr. Weiss performs facial liposuction on the following areas:
- Beneath the chin
Be aware that facial liposuction is not suitable for every problem zone. For example, if you are concerned about midface fullness, a cheek reduction procedure would likely be more appropriate.
Am I a Candidate for Face and Neck Liposuction?
Facial liposuction may be right for you if you are bothered by a double chin, jowls, or turkey waddle neck. Ideal candidates are in good overall health but have localized fatty deposits on the face that resist diet and exercise.
Possessing good skin elasticity is also important, as liposuction is not a skin tightening or skin removal procedure — though it can be combined with those surgeries.
Keep in mind that facial liposuction is not meant to replace a healthy lifestyle. It is a procedure to sculpt trouble areas that are unresponsive to other interventions.
How is Facial Liposuction Performed?
Facial liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure. It is generally performed under local anesthesia. Local anesthesia keeps you comfortable while avoiding the inconveniences associated with general anesthesia.
To begin, areas of unwanted fat are isolated and treated with numbing medicines. Then, Dr. Weiss creates small incisions in inconspicuous locations, such as beneath the chin or behind the ears. Through these incisions, he inserts a tiny cannula to gently remove fat and sculpt a natural contour. Dr. Weiss completes the fairly quick procedure by closing the incisions.
While some patients elect to undergo facial liposuction and nothing else, others choose to have it performed in conjunction with additional surgeries. Dr. Weiss commonly performs facial liposuction alongside facelifts and facial implant procedures. If you pursue a combination approach, your surgical plan will deviate from what is listed above.
How Do I Prepare for Facial Liposuction Surgery?
Preparing for facial liposuction is important because it will help ensure a safe procedure and beautiful results. Fortunately, getting ready for this fat removal technique is very simple. Our facial plastic surgeon will give you specific pre-operative instructions. You may be asked to:
- Stop smoking
- Take certain medications
- Adjust your current medications
- Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements
- Arrange for transportation
- Take time off work and social commitments
Are There Other Options for Removing Facial Fat?
Liposuction is an excellent way to remove unwanted fat from the face and neck. However, it’s not the only option. A treatment called Kybella® is a popular and non-surgical alternative.
Kybella is an injectable treatment that targets excess fat cells beneath the chin. It often takes several appointments to achieve the desired amount of fat reduction. If you want to target fat in other areas or are interested in a one-and-done solution, then facial liposuction may be a better fit.
What’s the Difference Between Face Liposuction and a Facelift?
Many procedures are designed to enhance your facial appearance. However, they vary in terms of the concerns they address and the outcomes they achieve. Face liposuction is meant to remove excess pockets of unwanted fat for a slimmer facial appearance. It does not treat excess skin, lines and wrinkles, facial folds, or other signs of aging. These concerns are best addressed with a facelift procedure. It can take years off your appearance and refresh your look.
Sometimes, face liposuction can be performed in conjunction with a facelift. Other times, a patient will only need one of the two procedures. Dr. Weiss will determine what is best for you.
When Can I Shower After Facial Liposuction?
Every surgeon has their own protocol for patients to follow. Dr. Weiss will provide you with detailed aftercare information regarding showering, applying makeup, and other activities. In general, you will likely be able to shower a day or two after your facial liposuction procedure.
It is common for facial liposuction patients to wear dressings, bandages, and/or compression garments after surgery. You may be instructed to leave your head wrap on during your shower or remove it. Either way, do not submerge your face or neck in water for the next few weeks.
Will Face Liposuction Make Me Look Hollowed-out or Unnatural?
Face liposuction offers natural and flattering results when performed by an experienced provider. Dr. Weiss is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who exclusively operates on the face, head, and neck. This focus allows him to offer exceptional facial liposuction outcomes.
Some patients worry that their surgeon will remove too much fat. However, this can easily be avoided by visiting someone like Dr. Weiss, who takes a selective and conservative approach.
Will I Have Scars From Facial Liposuction?
Facial liposuction involves making several small incisions that do leave scars. However, they are placed in strategic locations and tend to fade until they are very difficult to detect. If you are concerned about scarring, you should be diligent about protecting the area from sun exposure and using scar care products. Treatments such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and injections can also help.
Recovery from Facial Liposuction
Your exact recovery process, activity restrictions, and aftercare directions will depend on the specifics of your procedure. Follow Dr. Weiss’s instructions to prevent adverse effects and ensure optimal results. Below is a general outline of what you can expect.
You can return home following your facial liposuction procedure. You may be advised to wear a supportive chin strap for the first few days of recovery.
Most patients return to work within a week and full activity within roughly two weeks. It is normal to experience mild bruising and swelling, which typically resolve after 10 to 14 days.
Facial Liposuction Results
Patients enjoy the fact that facial liposuction significantly enhances the contour of the lower face and neck without looking overdone. Your friends and family will simply think you have lost a few pounds!
Facial liposuction offers an immediate improvement that becomes more apparent as swelling and bruising subside. This improvement is also long-lasting. The fat cells removed during liposuction can’t return, though it is still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“Dr. Weiss has the most in-depth understanding of the face combined with precise and fastidious surgical skills. I highly recommend him to anyone considering facial surgery of any kind. He should be a lot more expensive than he is!!” Click to here read more patient reviews.
Get Started with a Consultation in New Orleans
Dr. Weiss specializes in facial plastic surgery and can help you achieve the results you desire. Call 504-814-3223 to schedule an unhurried consultation at our Metairie practice. We welcome patients from New Orleans, Mandeville, and the surrounding areas of Louisiana.
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