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Facial Liposuction and Buccal Fat Lipectomy Procedures


Facial Liposuction and Buccal Fat Lipectomy

Liposuction, or excess fat removal, is very useful in patients who have stubborn pockets of fat in the face near the cheeks and under the chin and jawline in the neck. Most patients will complain that even with diet and exercise that these target areas are still hard to get rid of.

During your consultation, our surgeons will examine your face and neck and determine if liposuction is right for you. It will be important during your consultation to check the elasticity of your skin to make sure that following surgery, your skin will contract appropriately. At times, additional anatomical features need to be addressed to help achieve the look you desire.

Liposuction of the face and neck is typically done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. For fat that is persistent in the cheeks, a small incision is made inside the mouth, and fat is removed without any incisions on the external skin. For liposuction of the neck and jawline, small incisions are hidden behind the ear, and in the crease between the chin and neck.

Following liposuction, there may be some swelling and bruising, but this is typically short-lived. Swelling of the cheeks may be present for a few weeks longer than under the chin. You may return to work within a few days after the procedure, and exercise can resume within 2 weeks after surgery. A small sling may be recommended for a few days after surgery to help quicken your recovery.