Sculpting your face to fit your ideals can be a major challenge. In spite of strict dieting and rigorous exercise, many people are left with stubborn deposits of fat on areas like the neck or cheeks. The fat deposits can become a frustrating obstacle, especially on areas of the face that are notoriously unresponsive to dieting or exercise, but luckily, there is liposuction. Liposuction is a relatively simple procedure, but there are many different techniques. Liposuction is an effective fat removal and contouring procedure that is capable of treating many different parts of the face ranging from the eyelids to the neck.
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, generally employs the use of a thin, hollow, stainless steel tube called a cannula that is attached to a suction device. The cannula is inserted into small incisions around the target facial structure in order to suction out fat. The procedure is performed with the use of IV sedation or anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort. The quality of liposuction is based on the quality of the results, patient satisfaction, and patient comfort. Liposuction is never meant to be an alternative to weight loss, so patients should be within 30% of their ideal weight. It is also beneficial to have good skin elasticity due to the possibility of sagging skin after particularly extensive fat removal. Good skin elasticity helps the skin hold a slimmer shape after weight fluctuations.
In terms of the face, liposuction is typically a technique used for sculpting and reshaping. For example, with an eyelid lift, there is often an issue of puffiness in the lower eyelids. The puffiness is a result of fat deposits that have developed under the eyes. To remedy this, liposuction may be used to remove the fat and subsequently the bagginess. With other facial structures like the neck or cheeks, liposuction can be employed in tandem with implants or lifts to tighten or sculpt the face for more definition and balance.
Whichever technique is used, there is always a careful, artistic balance to be struck. Ultimately, the goal is to produce facial contouring that is satisfying to the patient’s goals, but it also important to ensure that the procedure limits any potential dangers or harm that may come with extensive amounts of fat reduction. The most skilled practitioners can produce results that are satisfying without removing excessive amounts of fat.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that has been around for decades. The advance of technology is constantly improving the efficacy of liposuction.
After liposuction is completed, there is typically a recovery period where patients experience swelling and bruising. Compression garments and drains can be used to help drain fluids and antibiotics may be given to prevent infection. Generally, patients take a few days of recovery before returning to light activities or work. If a large area was treated, the recovery period may be longer.
To ensure the best and most satisfying results, consult with Dr. Berhane and discuss your goals for liposuction. Asking as many questions as possible and discussing your options with an experienced practitioner that you trust is a crucial element to ensuring the best outcome for your procedure. Contact us today for a consultation.