To reduce unwanted fatty deposits, a doctor may recommend facial
liposuction (LIE-poe-suck-shun), a procedure in which pockets of fat
are removed with a vacuum-like device.
During the procedure, a small
incision is made in an inconspicuous spot such as a natural skin fold.
The doctor inserts a wand-like instrument called a cannula
(CAN-you-luh), moves it to break up fat cells, then suctions them out.
Most facial liposuctions remove only small quantities of fat and so are
usually done on an outpatient basis. The final results should start to
appear after a few weeks, when swelling has receded.
operation isn't meant to firm up the skin, this sometimes occurs
because underlying scar tissue tends to stretch the tissue in that
area. Candidates for liposuction must be in good general health and
have a resilient skin tone.
When the problem is caused by sagging skin
rather than excess fatty tissue, liposuction may not be the answer.
Instead, some type of face-lift may be indicated or the two procedures
may be combined.