You may be surprised to learn that liposuction can help create a younger-looking face. In fact, I frequently complement face and neck lifts with liposuction. People visiting my practice from Palm Springs and other Southern California cities often have questions about the role liposuction can play in these procedures. Here’s how it works:
Liposuction can remove fat from the neck and jawline.
Facelift and neck lift procedures redistribute skin, fat, muscle and other tissues to correct skin laxity and sagging. However, many facial rejuvenation patients have fat deposits in the lower face and neck that also require attention. In these cases, I often use liposuction to remove fat from the chin, neck and jawline to create definition. Once I have removed the fat, the patient will have a well-defined chin and jawline, as well as a nicely youthful angle between the chin and neck.
Liposuction can harvest fat for a fat transfer.
The vast majority of my facelift procedures also include some degree of fat transfer. I first use liposuction to remove fat from areas where the patient doesn’t want it. (This can include the neck and jawline areas discussed above.) After processing the fat, I re-inject it into areas where it actually improves the patient’s contour. In the case of a facelift, fat transfer is highly effective at adding volume to hollow areas in the cheeks or under the eyes.