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Facial liposuction involves the removal of unwanted fatty tissue from your cheeks, neck, and under your chin using a small, thin tube attached to a vacuum device. While it can significantly reduce excess facial and neck fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, not everyone can undergo the procedure. If you are considering this procedure, check out the following requirements for you to know if it is the right time for you to have facial liposuction.
You have Areas of Stubborn Fat in your Face that are Resistant to Diet and Exercise
Ageing and genetics play a role in the development of submental fat, also known as a double chin. As you get older, the elasticity in your skin gradually decreases. This in turn causes the skin in your chin to become saggy and loose, creating the appearance of a double chin. On the other hand, genetics play a major part in the structural formation of your chin and the accumulation of fat under your chin.
If you have a double chin, it can make you look older than your real age and you may feel unattractive. A double chin can also make you look obese even if you are near or within a healthy weight. Unfortunately, this condition cannot be easily eliminated even if you commit to a healthy lifestyle. If you have frustrating pockets of fat around your jawline, cheeks, and neck area that are resistant to proper diet and regular exercise, you are an ideal candidate for facial liposuction.
You are within the Ideal Body Weight
Before facial liposuction, you should set a goal weight for yourself. To achieve the best clinical outcome, you should be within 30 pounds of your ideal body weight before undergoing the procedure.
According to Cosmos Clinic Sydney, the fat cells that are removed during the process of facial liposuction are permanently gone and will never return. However, if you gain a significant amount of weight after the procedure, the remaining fat cells in the treated area and other parts of your body can increase in size. In addition, new fat cells can also form with future weight gain which can dramatically alter the results of your facial liposuction. This is the reason why you need to stay within the ideal body weight. Once you achieve a stable weight, the chances of weight fluctuations are relatively low so you will likely maintain the results of the procedure.
You have Good Skin Elasticity
Having good skin elasticity is one of the keys to optimal facial liposuction results. Skin elasticity refers to the ability of your skin to “snap back” into place. If you have good skin elasticity, facial liposuction can effectively sculpt areas of unwanted fatty tissue from your cheeks, neck, and under your chin, creating a more balanced and attractive contour. However, if your skin lacks the right amount of elasticity, it can become saggy and loose. Thus, using facial liposuction can further destabilize the underlying framework of your skin. In this case, you may need to consider other surgical options to treat the fat and skin simultaneously.
To check whether you have good skin elasticity, you can conduct a pinch test. To perform this, just pinch the skin where the unwanted fatty tissue can be found. Then, hold the skin for 5 seconds and release the pinch. As you do this, observe for the time it takes your skin to snap back into its original position. If you have highly elastic skin, it should rapidly snap back into place in less than a second. However, if your skin takes longer to return to place, you have low skin elasticity.
You Have Realistic Expectations about the Results of the Procedure
When contemplating facial liposuction, you should first have realistic expectations about the results. This is because unmet expectations can significantly affect your self-esteem. Before the procedure, you will undergo a consultation to determine if your treatment goals are in line with the clinical outcome you desire.
Before undergoing facial liposuction, there are key things that you should keep in mind:
- Facial liposuction is not a weight loss solution: The procedure is not designed to help you lose a significant amount of weight. Instead, it is considered a contouring procedure meant to remove unwanted fatty tissue from your cheeks, neck, and under your chin that are resistant to exercise and dietary changes.
- Facial liposuction cannot prevent weight gain: The procedure removes fat cells in the target area permanently. If you maintain a stable weight, the remaining fat cells in the treated area will not expand. However, if you don’t commit to a healthy lifestyle and you gain a significant amount of weight, the remaining fat cells can still increase in size.
- Facial liposuction does not address excess skin: The procedure only removes unwanted fatty tissue from the target area using a small, thin tube attached to a vacuum device. If you have excess skin in your facial area, you will need to undergo surgery to address this problem.
Facial liposuction may not be the ideal solution for everyone. During your consultation, your health history, expectations, and overall condition will be thoroughly assessed to determine if the procedure will best suit your needs.
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