Facial liposuction, or submental liposuction, is the removal of excess fat from areas of the face that are prone to a build-up of fatty deposits such as the chin, neck and jowls. Excess fat around the face and neck can make a person look older and facial liposuction provides a solution for patients who want to contour their face for a more youthful appearance.
How Does It Work?
Facial liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction technology to remove fat. It is most commonly performed with a micro-cannula to remove the fat whilst fluids are simultaneously injected into the targeted area to break-up the fat. The procedure is usually performed on or below the jaw line where double chins and drooping jowls occur. Facial liposuction is a popular treatment as it provides effective results and leaves very little scarring.
Who Can Have Facial Liposuction?
The impact of cosmetic treatments will vary from patient to patient, but the treatment will be most effective in patients with a lower (less than 30%) body fat ratio. Facial liposuction will produce more effective results in younger patients with greater skin elasticity although older patients may wish to combine this treatment with a surgical facelift to maximise effects.
Am I A Good Candidate?
If you have constantly struggled with a build-up of fat underneath the neck and around the chin, you could potentially be a good candidate for facial liposuction.
Even if you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly, fat can still accumulate in certain problem areas, and it can be hard to shift. If you have struggled with a build-up around the cheeks, neck and chin and have not been able to lose this weight through diet and exercise, liposuction could be a viable option. This type of procedure is ideally suited to those who observe a healthy lifestyle, as this will help to keep the weight off once the fat cells have been removed. Ideal candidates also have skin that has good elasticity, and build-ups of fat in the submental chin (below the jaw line), in the cheeks (subcutaneous fat) and in the jowls (the lower cheek blending into the jaw bone). If you smoke or drink alcohol, this could impair your healing and potentially render you an unsuitable candidate for the procedure.
You should be in good physical health to undergo facial liposuction, and should be able to demonstrate in your pre-procedural consultation that you have realistic expectations of what can be achieved. If you think you could be a good candidate, make an appointment with your cosmetic surgeon to discuss your options.
There are several procedures that can be performed at the same time as facial liposuction that will compliment the outcome by further stream lining the facial profile. Surgical treatments that can easily be combined with facial liposuction are buccal fat removal (removal of chubby cheeks), skin tightening and a face or neck lift. These surgery charges will be in addition to the costs for liposuction and may be more expensive in one clinic than another. It would be wise to also check the costs for these additionally required procedures before committing yourself to facial liposuction in any particular clinic.
How Much Does Facial Liposuction Cost?
Clinics across the UK offering facial liposuction will charge varying rates due to the location of the clinic although you should expect to pay around £1,500-£3,000 for the treatment. The cost of the procedure will include a consultation fee, nursing care and medication.
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What Is The Recovery Period?
Patients who have undergone facial liposuction should expect some swelling and possible bruising to the face. Any bruising or swelling that you may get should go within around ten days of the surgery and can also be helped by wearing a compression bandage for two weeks. This will subside within a few days and disappear completely within a fortnight.
Patients may experience some bleeding and stitching at the cannula site although scarring is rare. Patients should be able to resume normal activity within a fortnight and will benefit from the full effects of the surgery within 3 to 6 months.
What Are The Risks And Complications?
Facial liposuction, as with all medical procedures, can carry side effects, risks and complications. Fortunately these are very rare and liposuction generally is a safe procedure.
These can include:
- Inflammation and swelling around the treated area which could last up to six months.
- Bruising can occur (especially in patients taking anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin or have a tendency to bleed).
- Scars where incisions are made.
- Excessive bleeding.
Serious Potential Complications
Operations always carry the risk of infection and antibiotics may be required if this occurs.
The more serious complications of facial liposuction include:
- Haematoma; bleeding under the skin
- Numbness under the skin which could last for months
- If a high-frequency vibration technique is used, the patient may experience loss of feeling and skin colour changes in the treated area.
- The clotting of blood in a blood vessel (thrombosis) can obstruct or stop the flow of blood.
- Blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism). This is a potentially fatal complication.
- Pulmonary oedema; a build-up of fluid in the lungs as a result of fluid being injected into the body.
- Skin Necrosis; thermal injury (heat or freezing) of an area can cause death of skin cells.
Always seek professional advice before undergoing any medical procedure in order to make an informed decision and to discuss any possible side effects and complications.
Facial Liposuction Clinics In The UK
There are many clinics in the UK that offer facial liposuction surgery but be sure to find one that is highly experienced and fully registered with the General Medical Council as well as the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Also look for specialist qualifications awarded to those surgeons who have become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and will have the letters FRCS (Plast) after their name. Clinics using such specialized surgeons may have higher charges but they also have very specialist surgeons able to effectively carry out procedures to the highest surgical excellence.