Facial liposuction is a very common, popular procedure. It is designed for the permanent removal of fatty tissue from your cheeks, chin, and neck. It is an elective procedure that allows the surgeon to remove undesirable, subcutaneous fat in specific areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.
Patients with good skin tone who have fatty deposits receive the best results from facial liposuction. It is not a treatment for obesity. If weight gain occurs following liposuction, the fat will be deposited in areas that have not been treated. The procedure can be repeated, if necessary. To maintain the safety of the procedure, there is a limit on how much can be done at one time. A variety of factors can affect the results: physical condition, genetic makeup, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, and skin elasticity.
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Facial liposuction is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in our surgical suite. Dr. Nichols makes small, discreet incisions in the face and/or neck. A cannula is inserted in a small incision and attached to a suction machine. The procedure may take an hour or more, depending on how many areas are being treated.
Recovery from liposuction is relatively easy. Expect a fair amount of swelling and bruising in the following two weeks. You will wear a special compression garment provided to apply pressure, minimize swelling and provide support while healing. This garment also assist in the retraction of the skin.
Results are recognizable almost immediately and you will continue to see improvement as swelling subsides. The day after surgery you should be up walking around. Increase your activity daily until full activity is resumed usually around 2-4 weeks. You will be ready to return to office work in three to five days and more active employment around ten to fourteen days. Sun exposure should be avoided until all bruising has subsided. Sunscreen should be used daily to avoid getting sunburned during recovery due to decreased sensation.
Following liposuction, the scar will go through a maturation process—during the first 8-12 weeks they may be red and possibly raised. The scars will mature over 6-12 months and become pale, flat and soft. You may experience numbness, burning, tingling around the incision site. These symptoms are almost always temporary.
Contact our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Nichols to discuss your concerns and see if you are a candidate for Liposuction.