Facial Liposuction is performed in the same manner as body liposuction—the use of a cannula beneath the skin to contour fat except it is on the face. Your surgeon may use a simple cannula or even a powered device such as a laser based system. In all cases however, this must be done carefully and expertly to minimize the potential for contour irregularities (dimples, divots or worse). It’s important to remember that as we get older we generally lose facial fat so you would not want to remove a lot of fat and then look “empty” or “drawn” as you get older. The most common area that I treat are the jowls, very large cheeks, the area in front of the ears, and the neck.
Dr. Caridi's Take
This is a nice procedure in the right patient. Again, your surgeon has to be experienced with this. You don’t want too much fat removed and it must be contoured to perfection. The results are subtle but real. People will wonder what is different but they won’t know why. This is commonly performed in the cheeks and jowl areas as well as the neck.
Local, IV Sedation or General.
Risks and Benefits:
Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, and burning sensation. Contour irregularities can occur. Temporary nerve and muscle weakness can occur. Removal of too much fat is a no-no as this can create significant skin irregularities. Liposuction will not tighten the skin. The benefits can be a very positive shape improvement of your face and the loss of fullness in areas that make you look older (like the jowls and neck). There will be improved facial definition.
Most patients can return to work within two days, but may still have some noticeable swelling. It takes a few months for all the swelling to disappear. Sometimes a compression garment is worn for several days after the procedure and then at night for a week or so.