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Liposuction is a procedure that uses specially designed cannulas and a medical vacuum apparatus to remove fat deposits throughout the body. This procedure, suction-assisted fat removal or “liposuction,” was first developed in France. After European patients received favorable results, leading cosmetic surgeons in the United States adopted the procedure and began to offer it to their patients.
Liposuction has proven to be an excellent partner with which to improve the results of cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Fedok has used liposuction in the face and neck as well as other areas of the body for contouring, as an adjunct to other procedures, and as a method to harvest the patient’s own fat for fat transfer procedures. In most cases, laser-assisted liposuction will be used to and assist with fat removal and enhance skin tightening.
Liposuction may be the sole treatment used for patients who are younger than the usual facelift patient. These candidates have skin that still has enough elasticity to reshape and re-contour the neckline after the procedure has been completed. Your consultation is the time to discuss whether or not you are a candidate for suction-assisted lipectomy. Not every patient has the type of fat deposits that will be helped with liposuction.
Liposuction for the face and neck area can dramatically transform your facial profile. Benefits of Dr. Fedok’s liposuction treatment include:
IThe aging of the neck is among the common reasons why patients seek a facelift or other facial/neck rejuvenation or submentoplasty. Problems that lend to the appearance of an aging neck include the lack of a defined jawline, the appearance of a heavy obtuse neck, the loss of neck soft tissue volume, skin thinning and laxity, platysma muscle bands, and other issues.
In some people, a fat pocket develops below the chin. When combined with the gradual sagging of the skin, a double chin is formed. This condition tends to destroy the ideal curvature of the chin/neckline, an obvious sign of the aging process. This type of problem can occur in both younger (twenties) and more mature (forties) patients. In the younger patient with excellent skin elasticity, simple or laser-assisted liposuction may be the sole modality necessary to produce an excellent result. In others, there is less of a problem of fat accumulation and more of a problem of laxity and excess skin relaxed muscle, which may result in a “turkey gobbler” deformity. This deformity occurs when the weakened muscle forms vertical bands which run from the chin to the base of the neck. This type of problem occurs more commonly in more mature (forties and older) patients. It is common in female and male patients.
To help correct these conditions, a number of interventions might be performed. The specific recommendation made by Dr. Fedok depends on the anatomic “diagnosis” made at the time of consultation. In some patients where there is primarily an excess of submental fat, fat removal either directly or via liposuction (as described in Liposuction (Suction-Assisted Fat Removal) will be performed. In patients where a “weak” chin or microgenia contributes to undesirable neck contour, a chin augmentation may be recommended. In patients where there is significant skin and/or muscle laxity, a different procedure may be recommended.
One commonly recommended procedure is: a small incision made in a crease just below and behind the chin. Through this small incision, excess fat and some excess skin are removed and the neck skin is tightened. The vertical bands of muscle are excised and modified as well. This procedure is called submental lipectomy, or submentoplasty with or without platysmaplasty (correcting the muscle bands). It is frequently combined with a standard facelift or neck lift operation since submentoplasty alone will not correct sagging jowls or a “turkey gobbler” deformity. The excess skin that is sagging from the face down onto the neck tends to collect in the midline and often requires a facelift in addition to submentoplasty to correct the deformity.
Finally, submentoplasty may be performed as a secondary operation, or a “tuck-up” performed between six months to one year after facelift surgery. The submentoplasty can be ideal as a touch-up procedure alone to improve the lasting effects of the facelift.
Patients who undergo liposuction should be aware that it takes between six weeks and six months to achieve the desired results. This is due to the inherent nature of the procedure which is simply breaking up the fat deposits and fat cells with a blunt instrument, a cannula, and sucking out the loose fat. Because of the swelling and reduction in the number of fat cells, the results take time to become evident. A supportive bandage will be worn under the chin for one to two weeks. This bandage will also hide the small incision under the chin and below the earlobes. There is minimal discomfort with this procedure.
Dr. Fedok ensures that his patients are well-informed about the possible risks and side effects of face and neck liposuction. These include bruising, swelling, and numbness, but these symptoms typically subside within a few weeks following the procedure. Another potential side effect of liposuction is skin or contour irregularities. However, Dr. Fedok uses advanced liposuction techniques to minimize the risk of these liposuction risks and side effects.
At our practice, we use advanced techniques and technology to ensure a safe and effective liposuction procedure. Dr. Fedok’s personalized approach to each patient’s unique needs and goals delivers results that exceed expectations. If you’re ready to experience the benefits of face and neck liposuction for yourself, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fedok today.