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Your Guide to Face Liposuction

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People who have unwanted fat on their necks, chins, and cheeks have the option to get rid of it with face liposuction. The procedure, also known as facial liposuction, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that helps remove fatty deposits on and around the face. People typically turn to this procedure because they have a hard time getting rid of these deposits through dieting, exercise, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.It offers you an alternative if you fall into this category. The procedure has both benefits and risks, and it is your decision to determine if this type of liposuction is right for you.

What is Face Liposuction?

Face Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure similar to regular liposuction, except that it targets the areas of the body around the face including the neck, cheeks, and chin. Often, people see the deposit of fatty tissues in these areas, and these deposits are more commonly known as turkey-waddle neck, double chins, and jowls. Anyone who struggles with these problems knows how embarrassing they can be.

Plus, these areas are extremely resistant to any effects from dieting and exercise. However, with this  liposuction treatment, you can get rid of those fatty deposits by having them surgically removed under the care of a plastic surgeon.

Liposuction of the face works the same as regular liposuction or a tummy tuck. Your plastic surgeon will start out by making small incisions in the face or neck. He or she will then insert a hollow tube called a cannula. The back and forth movement of this instrument dislodges the fat, and then the deposits are removed with a suction machine or syringe attached to the cannula. Of course, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure, because you will be given general or local anesthesia.

The procedure usually takes place in a hospital or surgical facility and lasts about an hour depending on what you want done. Liposuction of the face can also be done in combination with other procedures for maximum results like a facelift or Botox injections.

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Average Face Liposuction Cost

Like the cost of every other liposuction procedure, the cost of having face liposuction will be different for each individual. Many factors go into determining how much the procedure will cost. These include the cost for anesthesia, the surgeon’s fees, the fees from the hospital and surgical facility, and the costs of prescription medications.

The face liposuction cost is also influenced by how much you have done and if the liposuction is combined with other procedures. On average, the cost ranges from $2,000 to $5,000. If you opt for liposuction using more advanced technology, the cost could be higher.

Moreover, you will likely have to pay the cost for the procedure out of your own pocket. Health insurances do not typically cover cosmetic procedures like liposuction of the face. However, be sure to talk to your plastic surgeon about financing options. He or she might be able to set you up with regular payments that fit your budget. The key is to get an estimate of the cost when you sit down with your plastic surgeon before the procedure.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Facial liposuction is generally for anyone who struggles with fatty deposits around their neck, chin, and cheeks and is having difficulty getting rid of them through diet and exercise. Good candidates for face liposuction surgery are those who are committed to a healthy lifestyle because weight gain after the procedure can affect the results. A large amount of weight gain can lead to a rippling effect on the skin and the buildup of fatty deposits in other areas.

Overall, the right candidates need to have good skin elasticity and the localization of fat in those certain areas. Smoking and alcohol use could also impede healing and increase risks. Be sure to talk to your plastic surgeon about your lifestyle and if liposuction of the face would be the best choice for you.

The Benefits 

The good news is that you can get rid of the fat around those problem areas with facial liposuction. The results of the procedure are immediate and long-lasting. The results are often permanent, meaning that those fat cells are removed forever and your body cannot produce any more. Also, it helps to get rid of the unwanted attention or stigma that fatty deposits around your face cause, giving you an enhanced self-confidence and making you feel good about yourself again. You can look younger and healthier with this type of liposuction.

Plus, there are all kinds of new procedures, like water-jet assisted liposuction or laser liposuction, that minimize risks and can more precisely sculpt your face into a pleasing shape.

The Risks

On the other hand, this treatment does come with some risks. The procedure involves making incisions to your body, and some of the most common side effects include soreness, redness, swelling, bruising, and inflammation. Other risks include:

  •  Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage or the loss of sensation in affected areas
  • Scarring
  • Risks with being put under through general anesthesia
  • Blood clots under the skin
  • The buildup of fluid under the skin

Scars will start to fade and soften approximately six to twelve months after the procedure. Before that, you will most likely experience red, pronounced scarring. Also, if you have a lot of pain after the surgery, your doctor can prescribe painkillers to help.

Ultimately, you are the one who has to decide if this procedure is right for you. Many people turn to this procedure because they have problems with double chins or jowls, those fatty deposits that buildup on or around the face. Liposuction can get rid of that fat and make you feel and look better. The procedure can be combined with others to make your face appear younger and healthier.

However, there are always risks associated with the surgery, and the cost can be an important factor.  Talk to your plastic surgeon about face liposuction so you can make the best decision for you.

DISCLAIMER: This article is for your guidance only. Always consult with your Doctor or a Specialist on everything.