When most people think of liposuction, they probably think of the upper thighs, or the stomach area, as these are the areas we often hear about. Now there is another area of the body that is increasing in popularity for this fat removal technique, and that is the face. Typically facial liposuction is performed underneath the jaw line or in the lower facial areas, and patients typically wish to achieve a slimmer look to their face overall, or are looking to remove a ‘double chin’.
Generally, facial liposuction is performed via a technique called tumescent liposuction, which is where small amounts of local anaesthetic are injected generously into the skin. This causes it to swell and to become firmer, making the operation easier to carry out. The other benefit of this type of liposuction is that the healing process tends to be quicker as it results in less bruising versus other techniques.
For those who are considering facial liposuction, this is sometimes combined with another treatment called ‘buccal fat removal’, which is the removal of excess fat from the cheeks. This cheek reduction procedure is good for people who wish to make their facial profile look slimmer, or who have naturally more generous cheeks and feel their cheeks look out of proportion with the rest of their face.
For some people, going under the knife to improve facial features presents an opportunity to combine these treatments with other areas that are in need of some attention. For those looking to combine treatments, common couplings include options such as a rhinoplasty (nose job), facelift or laser resurfacing/chemical peel.
Other areas of the body
Traditional liposuction is still carried out on many different areas of the body, and surgeons are becoming more and more adept at achieving natural looking results that leave their clients looking and feeling better. The upper legs, hips, buttocks and thighs are commonly treated areas, as are the abdomen and lower back. Some people (women and men) will consider liposuction in the breast area, usually to remove mass in overly breasts for women, or to reduce the appearance of ‘moobs’ for some men.
With any liposuction procedure, it is important to approach the surgery with realistic expectations. Although liposuction will remove fat and can make areas look slimmer, it will not remove other complaints such as the appearance of cellulite or unwanted stretch marks, so it is imperative to talk to your surgeon in detail about your expectations before committing to any surgery.
Buckinghamshire plastic surgeon Mr Sudip Ghosh will fully explain both the benefits and limitations of the procedure you’re planning so you can make an informed decision about going ahead with surgery.