There are minimally invasive ways to improve the face, particularly removing fat from the lower cheeks and under the chin in the neck because these fat deposits can make the jaw look too round or full, or blunt the angle between the jaw and neck.
SmartLipo (laser assisted liposuction) can help sculpt the lower cheeks and neck. Liposculting is precision removal of smaller pockets of fat, with resulting skin tightening and more feminine definition of the angle of the cheeks, chin, jaw and middle neck.
Recovery time is less than in a necklift procedure. For the appropriate woman, the results can look dramatic in slimming the neck, creating a more defined angle between the jaw and neck and restoring youth.
Facial Structural Fat Grafting
Why throw away the good fat that is removed during liposuction when it can be washed and re-used to fill in grooves and lines on the face? Fat grafting has become increasingly popular in plastic surgery – for breast, buttocks and face. Ask Dr. Birchenough about whether fat grafting would work well to enhance your facial procedure.
What Can I Expect During a Facial Liposuction Procedure?
Typically, SmartLipo facial liposuction is done in the clinic with oral sedation medicine and local anesthesia injected in the area. Small, hidden incisions are used to place the tumescent (saline-based) fluid that absorbs heat and fluffs up the fat, making it easier to remove. A laser cannula (small round tube) is inserted and the laser is used to break up fat, and to treat the underside of the skin to tighten it. Another hollow cannula is then placed to remove the broken-up fat. The incisions are closed with stitches and a compression band is placed to minimize swelling and optimize the resulting jaw and neck profile.
How Long Will It Take For Me to Recover?
The swelling can last from seven to ten days depending on the extent of the surgery and the post-operative care. Bruising may be present for five to ten days.
You will be allowed to walk and do some daily activities immediately after the surgery, but strenuous activity, cardio workouts, and heavy lifting will be restarted under close supervision by Dr. Birchenough in two to four weeks after surgery depending on how you are healing. While you will notice changes within three weeks, the final results, with the most definition, come at two to three months.
What Questions Should I Ask Dr. Birchenough?
- “I have this small area of fat and skin under my chin that ‘I got from my Mom’ – can SmartLipo remove it easily?
- “Can you just do SmartLipo on my neck instead of doing a necklift?”
- “Does having SmartLipo hurt much?”
- “Will facial structural fat grafting work for me?”