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Facial liposuction can enhance the contours of your face by removing pockets of excess fat. It can be particularly effective around the chin and jaw.

Liposuction surgery can remove excess body fat that you haven’t been able to eliminate with diet and exercise alone. It can reshape your body to achieve a slimmer, more contoured look.

What to Expect

Facial liposuction can sometimes be performed with a local anaesthetic, but it often requires a general anaesthetic. The surgeon will make a small incision, which is usually hidden under your chin so that the scar won’t be visible. The liposuction tube is inserted through this incision and used to break up and suck out the excess fat. The treatment can be precisely directed to achieve the desired results and contours. The incision will be stitched up at the end of the procedure and the doctor will cover the treated area with a compression wrap.

Liposuction is performed under a Local Anaesthetic. Sometimes a General Anaesthetic can be used as well. The surgeon will make one or more small incisions in your skin. The number of incisions depends on the size of the area that is being treated. The fat cells will be broken up and then removed through a suction tube that is inserted through the incision. Any excess fluid will be removed, but the nerves and blood vessels will be left unharmed. The procedure usually takes between one and three hours, depending on how much fat needs to be removed.

After the surgery, you will have stitches and a bandage over the incision sites. You will be given a compression bandage or pressure garment to wear for a few weeks, but you should still expect some swelling and bruising. You should be able to return to your normal routine within about two weeks, but you should avoid strenuous activities for six weeks and it can take up to six months for the full effects to be seen.

You will need to keep the head or neck wrap on for a few days and then wear it at night for about a week. The recovery time depends on how much fat was removed. Although the compression wrap will help, you should expect some swelling and bruising after the operation. Your face might also feel numb for a while. More severe side effects such as infection or allergic reactions are rare, but Dr Bhar will make sure that you understand the risks before the procedure.

To find out more about facial liposuction and whether it could be right for you, make an appointment with Harley Street Surgery in London.

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Is Facial Liposuction Right for You?

Liposuction is most often used to eliminate double chins and fleshy jowls, but it can also help with excess fat elsewhere on your face or neck. Fat can accumulate in these areas due to the effects of ageing, but some of us simply have a tendency to carry fat in these places. Liposuction can remove the excess fat and enhance the contours of your face.

Although it can help with excess fat, liposuction won’t eliminate wrinkles and it can’t help with sagging skin. If you are very overweight, having facial liposuction can actually leave you with more loose skin. Dr Bhar can help you to decide whether liposuction is right for you and whether you should combine it with laser resurfacing, facelift surgery or other treatments to achieve the best results.

Who Should Consider Liposuction?

Liposuction could be right for you if there are localised pockets of fat that you can’t seem to shift by yourself. Common areas to target with liposuction include the thighs, buttocks, upper arms and tummy. The procedure will simply remove the excess fat from these areas.

Although liposuction removes excess fat, it isn’t an easy treatment for obesity. The procedure works best when you are a healthy weight and there are limits to how much fat can be removed at one time. It is usually best to do what you can with diet and exercise before thinking about surgery. The condition of your skin can also affect the results. Liposuction can’t eliminate stretch marks or cellulite, and you could end up with some loose skin after the procedure. The best results will usually be achieved in areas where the skin is taut and elastic. If you are considering liposuction, you should talk to a doctor to learn more about the procedure, the potential risks, and whether it is right for you

Risks and Benefits

  • Liposuction can remove fat deposits that you haven’t been able to eliminate with diet and exercise
  • Common side effects include bruising, swelling and inflammation. You will also have small scars where the incisions were made.
  • More serious side effects are rare, but they include infection, a bad reaction to the anaesthetic, and blood clots.

If you have excess fat that you can’t seem to shift, make an appointment with Harley Street Surgery to find out if liposuction could be right for you.

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