Facial Procedures

Liposuction of the Face and Neck

Suction-assisted lipectomy, or liposuction, is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, jaw, neck and cheeks. The best candidates for liposuction are of relatively normal weight but have pockets of excess fat in specific areas. Suction lipectomy is not recommended if the patient has had recent surgery on the spot to be sculpted or if the patient has poor blood circulation in the areas to be treated. Those who have heart or lung disease are also not good candidates for this procedure.

Liposuction of the face and neck is usually performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure generally takes from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the area and amount being suctioned. To begin the procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision just large enough to allow the insertion of a hollow tube called a cannula. The opposite end of the cannula is attached to a machine that creates a strong vacuum. The surgeon manipulates the cannula deep within the fat layers under the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out.