Candidates for Face & Neck Liposuction
Candidates for liposuction are those who have regions of excess fat despite being at a healthy weight. It is also important to have good quality and elastic skin. Typically, most patients in their 20s and early 30s have sufficient skin elasticity to undergo face or neck liposuction without the concern of developing loose or saggy skin. Older patients may also benefit from liposuction, but this would highly depend on the quality of their skin and other factors. Genetics, smoking, and sun exposure can significantly affect skin quality.
In addition, the best candidates for face and neck liposuction are those who mainly have an excess of superficial fat. This is because liposuction would not be able to reduce the deeper fat under the platysma muscle of the neck or reduce the buccal fat at the face. It is also important to ensure that the cause of fullness is not due to structures other than fat, such as various muscles or glands. Additional procedures are required to address the deeper layers of fat and other structures that may be causing the undesired fullness.
Dr. Foulad will perform a thorough evaluation to help you decide if liposuction is an appropriate treatment to best meet your goals.
How Face & Neck Liposuction is Performed
Dr. Foulad typically performs face and neck liposuction using local anesthesia with the patient awake. In this case, oral medication is prescribed to help with relaxation during the procedure. However, the procedure can also be performed using IV sedation or general anesthesia.
During the face and neck liposuction procedure, the treatment area is injected with a solution containing local anesthetic and epinephrine. This is to numb the area and to reduce bleeding during liposuction. Once the treatment area is numb, tiny skin incisions about 1-2 mm in length are made for the cannula insertion. During neck liposuction, one to three of these tiny incisions are made under the chin and/or near the ear. The incisions are so small that they are not typically noticeable once healed. A microcannula is then passed through the tiny incisions, and passed back and forth through the area of fatty deposit in order to breakdown and suction out the fat. Once the liposuction procedure is completed, a compression bandage is then applied. Liposuction is customized for every patient depending on the indications and can be performed alone or in conjunction with other surgical procedures.
Dr. Foulad’s Optimized Technique
Dr. Foulad has optimized the liposuction procedure and aftercare protocol in order to enhance results, improve patient comfort, reduce risk, and expedite healing time.
Dr. Foulad performs infiltration of the treatment site with a solution of tumescent anesthesia that includes a mixture of medications. Injection of the tumescent solution is typically associated with minimal discomfort when performed properly. Tumescent infiltration numbs the entire treatment site, which enables liposuction to be performed comfortably on a fully awake patient. The tumescent solution also reduces bleeding and improves recovery. Over the years, Dr. Foulad has optimized the formula of his tumescent solution.
The use of relatively tiny cannulas further optimizes the procedure. Dr. Foulad only utilizes micro-cannulas as opposed to more traditional liposuction cannulas that are larger. It takes a little longer to perform the procedure using smaller cannulas, but the extra time is well worth it. When micro-cannulas are used, the skin incisions for the entrance of the cannulas can be made much smaller. These tiny incisions typically do not require sutures and are not usually noticeable once healed. In addition, the micro-liposuction technique is associated with smoother results due to less risk of forming lumps and depressions.
The technique used for compression after the procedure is very important to improve the recovery process. Dr. Foulad uses two different types of compression dressings depending on the healing phase. A high compression dressing is first applied immediately after the procedure. This promotes fluid drainage so that the fluid does not build up under skin. This technique is feasible because the incisions made during micro-liposuction are very small and do not require being closed by sutures. Within about 1 to 2 days after the procedure, the tissue has had sufficient time to seal. At this point, the high compression dressing is switched to a less bulky low compression dressing. This low compression dressing is worn either all day or just part of the day for a period of time determined by Dr. Foulad relative to your specific healing. The low compression dressing is designed to aid with swelling reduction, while avoiding high pressures that can reduce lymphatic and blood flow.
How to Prepare for Face & Neck Liposuction
In preparation for undergoing lip lift surgery, we need to ensure that you are healthy and optimized for the procedure. Certain medications and supplements (such as those that increase the risk of bleeding) might have to be stopped a specific time period prior to the procedure. You will be provided more comprehensive pre-operative instructions specific to your individual case.
We are conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, & Los Angeles. However, we are available to help with coordinating your stay if you are an Out-of-Town Patient.
What to Expect After Face & Neck Liposuction
Swelling usually peaks around 3 to 4 days after the procedure, but most patients still appear slimmer at that time compared to before the procedure. It may take several months for all the micro-swelling to resolve and for you to appreciate the final results.
Most patients have mild to no bruising, however we have had patients with more severe bruising. Bruising also typically peaks around 3 days after the procedure.
A thick cotton dressing is wrapped around your head and neck for 1 to 2 days after your procedure. After that, it is recommended to wear an elastic velcro neck strap. The amount of time you should be wearing the neck strap will be customized depending on the specifics of your individual case and how much swelling you have.
Face & Neck Liposuction faq
How long does liposuction last?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells. If you gain weight, some of the remaining fat cells can enlarge in size. However, the region will still remain slimmer than if you had not undergone liposuction. In order to maintain your results as best as possible, it is recommended to maintain a healthy and stable weight.
Can liposuction remove all the fat at my neck?
It is important to leave a thin layer of fat under the skin. Overly aggressive liposuction can lead to skin injury, banding, and a skeletonized appearance, which can be very difficult or even impossible to fully correct. In addition, liposuction is unable to reduce the deeper fat compartments of the neck.
CASE 1: FACE & NECK Liposuction
Neck Liposuction • Jowl Liposuction
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This case involves our lovely patient who desired to reduce the excess tissue under her chin and improve the contour of her jawline. Dr. Foulad performed micro-liposuction at the neck and jowls to remove the excess fat and create a beautiful jawline. She is excited about such a significant improvement with no noticeable scars.
CASE 2: Face & NECK LIPOSUCTION
Neck & Jowl Liposuction • Buccal Fat Reduction
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Micro-liposuction was performed using local anesthesia with the patient awake in order to reduce fat at the neck and improve the contour of the jawline. Also, conservative buccal fat reduction was performed to help slim the lower face.
CASE 3: Face & NECK LIPOSUCTION
Lower Face & Neck Liposuction • Buccal Fat Reduction
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Micro-liposuction of the face and buccal fat reduction was performed to slim the lower face. Micro-liposuction of the neck was performed to reduce the fullness under her chin and improve the contour of her jawline. These procedures were performed under local anesthesia.
CASE 4: Face & NECK LIPOSUCTION
Neck & Jowl Liposuction • Chin Implant
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This young lady desired to reduce the fullness under her chin, as well as improve the contour of her chin and jawline. Dr. Foulad performed gentle micro-liposuction of the neck and jowls. In addition, a small chin implant that extended to the pre-jowl region was placed to augment the chin and further refine the jawline.
CASE 5: Face LIPOSUCTION
Jowl Liposuction • Buccal Fat Reduction
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This patient desired to slim her lower face, especially at the region of the jowls. To achieve her goal, Dr. Foulad performed micro-liposuction and buccal fat reduction under local anesthesia. Very small cannulas were used during the micro-liposuction to precisely contour the lower face. Although she was awake, she was very comfortable and had no pain during the procedure. She had a quick recovery and is now enjoying her refined facial contour without any visible scars.
Facial liposuction is a highly advanced procedure and requires great expertise to achieve successful results. It is critical that the procedure is performed on the appropriate person. The amount of superficial fat, the position of fat, the structure of the face, and skin elasticity are some of the elements evaluated when determining a proper candidate for facial liposuction. The procedure must be performed with precision and finesse using very small cannulas designed for micro-liposuction. The correct amount of fat must be removed. Overzealous fat removal can lead to irregularities that may be difficult or even impossible to fully correct.
CASE 6: Face & NECK LIPOSUCTION
Neck Liposuction • Chin Implant
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This patient desired liposuction in order to reduce the fullness under her chin and improve the contour of her jawline. After evaluation and discussion with Dr. Foulad, she agreed that she would also benefit from a chin implant to achieve her particular goals. The combination of micro-liposuction and chin augmentation has defined her jawline and improved her facial harmony, while maintaining her identity. Her particular procedure was performed under local anesthesia. She was very comfortable during the procedure and had a quick recovery.