Facial liposuction is performed to restore the attractive, angular qualities of the face and neck. When fatty tissue accumulates below the jaw, the proportions of your face become unbalanced, detracting from your appearance. Neck liposuction can remove fat in this area and correct these problems.
Who can benefit from neck liposuction?
If you have fat in the areas of your lower face and you haven't had any success removing it through diet or exercise, liposuction may be an appropriate solution. You should have good skin tone, a stable body weight and realistic expectations about cosmetic surgery. Conditions like a double chin or “turkey neck” may be treatable with this procedure. However, if the problem is caused by sagging tissue or muscle, you’re probably a better candidate for facelift or neck lift surgery.
What is the procedure like?
Medications are administered for your comfort prior to liposuction. Options include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Doctor Rubinstein will recommend the best choice for you. Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, tumescent solution saturates the area to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube called a cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
What can I expect during recovery?
In many cases, you can go home within a few hours of surgery, but you will need someone to drive you home. When larger volumes of fat are removed, you will need to spend one night under observation. You may also need someone to help you around the house for a day or two after you go home. Compression garments are applied to the area after surgery, and these will have to be worn for a period of time, which varies depending upon the extent of your liposuction procedure.
You will be able to remove the garment in order to bathe. Recovery time varies from patient to patient. You will be instructed to move around after your surgery in order to get your blood circulating, but you will not be able to return to your regular exercise regimen for about two weeks after liposuction. You may be able to return to work within a week, however. It is normal to have some bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, and pain after liposuction, which can be treated with prescription pain medication and cold compresses. Swelling usually lasts for about a week, but bruising and numbness may last for a few weeks. Because of these factors, it may be some time before you will be able to see the final results of your liposuction procedure.
The incisions are very small and can usually be placed in an inconspicuous area where the slight scarring will not be easily seen. Any stitches will dissolve on their own.
What Are the Risks of Liposuction?
Liposuction is very safe and is performed thousands of times every year with no complications. In rare cases, a patient may experience some lasting numbness in the area of surgery. Skin wrinkling or uneven contours can also occur but can generally be corrected with further treatments. Risks of liposuction increase when combined with other procedures. Dr. Rubinstein can advise you of the risks and benefits of your planned procedures.
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