A bit of fat in the face is a good thing. It gives us a youthful look and minimizes wrinkles. But if you have more fat than you want to see and it’s interfering with your aesthetic, facial liposuction could be the answer. This straightforward procedure has helped millions of people get rid of unwanted fat in areas where diet and exercise are sometimes ineffective. At OptimizeFaceMD in Aliso Viejo, CA, we’re all about the face, and we’re proud to offer this effective option to help you get the look you want.
Is Facial Liposuction Permanent?
Let’s get the best news of all out there right away: the results of liposuction are permanent! This process suctions out fat cells from the target area. Once removed, those fat cells can never grow back. Unlike other types of cells, fat cells don’t regenerate easily. For most of us, the number of fat cells we have is set in childhood and never changes.
However, it’s always possible to gain weight if your remaining fat cells expand enough. We never remove all the fat cells from the target area, as this would not be safe (nor would it look good)! So while the fat cells that have been removed cannot regrow, the ones left behind may expand if your diet takes a turn for the worse.
Keep Up That Healthy Lifestyle!
No type of liposuction is ever meant to be an alternative to a healthy life. Having fat cells removed can’t make up for a poor diet or lack of exercise. Instead, enjoy the look of your newly slimmed face and use it as motivation to keep up a healthy lifestyle prioritizing nutritious, fresh food and plenty of exercise. Not only will this help your beautiful look, but you’ll feel better, too!
What Is Facial Liposuction?
In this procedure, we insert a small, flexible tube into the face and use it to eliminate unwanted fat cells. Most people are familiar with lipo in general and know that it’s commonly used to get rid of body bulges that refuse to respond to diet and exercise. But you might not know that it can also be used on the face. It’s a minimally invasive treatment that can sculpt the contours of your face, chin, and neck to reshape your profile.
This safe procedure offers the same kind of natural-looking results as you might see with a facelift, but without the scarring and downtime of a full facelift.
Questions About the Process
This is a minor in-office procedure that Dr. Robinson performs regularly. First, we use local anesthesia to numb the area and ensure your complete comfort throughout the process. During your facial liposuction aliso viejo, we make a very small incision to insert the tube, or micro-cannula.
Where we make the incision will depend on exactly what parts of the face you want to be treated. Normally, we insert the micro-cannula under your chin near your lower jaw or inside your mouth at the point where your gums meet your lower lip. Once the micro-cannula is inserted, Dr. Robinon then guides it to the target area.
The micro-cannula delivers a tiny jet of pulsating water that loosens the fat cells so they break away easily from the surrounding tissues. The micro-cannula then uses suction to remove the fat cells and the water used to break them up. Once Dr. Robinson is finished, he will apply a sterile bandage to the area and give you a compression garment that will help everything stay comfortable and in place for about two days as you recover.
How Long Should I Expect the Entire Process to Take?
The average lipo session lasts 45 minutes, though everyone is unique and the exact timing will depend on how much of the face we’re treating. We’ll let you know more details when we make a plan for your facial lipo treatment. Be sure to plan an extra few minutes to get ready and a little more time to make sure you’re comfortable with the bandage and have all your after-care instructions down.
Does It Hurt?
You should not feel any discomfort at all during this procedure. We not only give you a topical anesthetic, but also a mild sedation. We’ll also make sure you have any medications you might need for your recovery period at home.
How Should I Care for Myself Afterward?
You will need a friend or family member to drive you home, but we do encourage you to walk as soon as the sedation wears off. Walking is a good exercise for the whole body, and it keeps the blood flowing so you heal and recover as quickly as possible. It’s also a good idea to have someone stay with you for a day to make sure you don’t have to exert yourself too much on the first day. If you have children or pets, arrange care for them and take some “me” time.
After a day or two, you can go back to life and jobs and errands, but you might enjoy taking a few extra days off while you have a good excuse to do so!
What Will I Look Like When It’s All Done?
You will look like yourself, only fresher and more rested. Sagging skin, jowls, or a double chin will have disappeared and you’ll no longer look older than you feel. You’ll notice the first clear results within a few days, and after three to four months you’ll see the final, full results. Expect your friends to ask you whether you’ve lost some weight!
Why Does the Fat on My Face Refuse to Respond to Exercise and Diet?
This is a common frustration, and there’s no simple answer. There are a variety of things that contribute to this issue. For some of us, genetics is largely to blame. Our bodies decide where they want to put on fat first and where they will remove it from first when we diet. We don’t have any control over this process, and in some cases, you would have to diet to unhealthy extremes to finally get rid of fat in a spot where your body really wants to keep it.
Another issue is just that it’s very hard to “tone” or exercise the face. When muscles move energetically, they tend to burn energy from the fat cells near them, but we simply don’t do that kind of exercise for our faces. In fact, moving your face and neck around with the same kind of energy that you move your arms and legs in exercise would have unwanted consequences, such as joint wear and tear in the neck and accelerated wrinkling in the face.
Is This Procedure Right for Me?
The best candidates for this treatment are near their goal weight but have some pockets of fat that they just can’t get rid of by diet alone. Age isn’t terribly important, though most candidates are in their 30s and 40s. If you have issues with skin laxity, you might have to wear a compression garment for longer, but this shouldn’t preclude you from treatment.
If you still have a way to go on your weight loss journey, you should wait before getting facial lipo. This treatment is specifically to improve contours on people with small pockets of unwanted fat, and it’s not appropriate for those who either have too much to lose or who are still in the process of reducing their weight. Wait until you get closer to your goal and see how your face and neck respond.
The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate is to set up a consultation and come speak with us. We’ll go over your goals and concerns, hear about any medical conditions you have, learn about your medical history and medications, and help you design the right treatment plan that allows you to achieve your goals as efficiently as possible.
What Other Treatment Are Available?
Facial liposuction could be the best choice for your needs, but it’s also possible that you’ll prefer a different treatment or that we will recommend something else for the truly best results. Some of the other treatments we offer include:
Fibroblast Plasma Skin Tightening
This non-surgical treatment lifts and tightens the skin by using plasma energy to target the fibroblast cells. These will tighten in response, lifting the skin and rejuvenating it at the same time.
This method can be used for sagging skin and works for most skin types. It’s a good choice for targeting the forehead and areas around the eyes, upper and lower lips, mouth and jawline wrinkles, neck and chest, and more.
Kybella is a simple injection that can be used to treat double chins. The main ingredient in Kybella is an enzyme that your body produces naturally and uses to break down dietary fat. When we inject this enzyme into your chin, it literally “dissolves” the double chin by doing the same thing to excess fat calls in the chin that it would do to excess dietary fat.
Once the fat cells in the chin area are broken up, your body will naturally eliminate them. The result is a smoother, thinner, and more lifted chin and upper neck.
This revolutionary process uses platelet-rich plasma derived from your own blood to stimulate the fibrin-collagen cells of the skin. The result is tighter, rejuvenated skin. The platelet-rich plasma in our blood has key growth factors that signal to your body to get to work rejuvenating skin; essentially turning back the clock on your skin’s health. It’s a great treatment to address mild cases of wrinkles and skin stretching.
Before the process, we’ll take a small blood draw and then isolate the PRP from the rest of the blood. We will then apply this to your face before using fine gauge needles to create micro-wounds that serve two purposes. First, they allow the PRP to penetrate effectively. Second, they signal to your body to send repair and rebuilding proteins to the skin on the face.
Get Started Today
If you’re tired of feeling older than you are or seeing sagging skin on your face, you do have options. You can achieve permanent fat loss in your face with facial lipo, and it only takes one treatment. If you’re ready to learn more, contact us at OptimizeFaceMD in Aliso Viejo, CA today and get started. We can’t wait to help you start looking and feeling your very best!