Liposuction or Facelift in the Face?

A patient with undesired facial fat pads writes us:

I am interested in a liposuction in the face, especially on my cheeks and chin. I am 55 years old and my skin still looks relatively elastic. I don’t want to make a facelift.

A facelift would in have a completely different indication than a liposuction in the face. It would rather be preferred at strongly slackened tissue, in which excess skin has to be removed with a scalpel. On the contrary liposculpture in the face is suitable for reduction of undesired thick cheeks or a pronounced double chin. In case of tiny, locally restricted fat pads a treatment with a fat-away injection (injection lipolysis) could as well be appropriate as an alternative.

A liposuction in the face is performed with dedicated, especially fine facial microcannulas which allow for a gentle and precise modeling of facial contours. Therefore superfluous fat pads can be removed or rather shaped. The treatment takes place on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and lasts about one to two hours.

Because this is a tiny procedure which is performed in an especially tissue-conserving way you are presentable again already on the next day. You just have to wear a bandage overnight. Tiny bruises which can sometimes appear can be covered with makeup.

In case of sagging tissue in the face a treatment with bioidentical hormones or stem cells extracted from the body’s own fat, as well as a “vampire facelift” with PRP can be useful to regenerate skin and help provide it with more vitality and freshness. Alternatively or in addition your skin can be strengthened through the intake of nutrition supplements containing collagen and hyaluronic acid such as Perfect Skin by DDr. Heinrich® Beauty Drink or Powder.

DDr. Heinrich, MD

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