Facial Liposuction

Submitted on March 27, 2012

Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic procedure to remove the unnecessary fatty deposits and fat cells from the body.

Facial liposuction is a plastic surgery technique, by which fatty deposits on the neck, chin, cheeks or jaw line are vacuumed out, giving the face a tauter and more sculpted look. In older individuals, this process is usually combined along with a brow lift, face lift, nose surgery and eyelid surgery, for best results.

The procedure is also sometimes referred to as lipoplasty or facial contouring.


  • The surgeon makes a small incision in the area of the face, which is to be re-structured.
  • The incision is made under the skin and the area flushed out with saline (salt water), epinephrine (this constricts the blood vessels and cuts down bleeding during the surgery), and lidocaine (a local anaesthetic).
  • A cannula (a wand which looks like a miniature vacuum hose) sucks out the fatty tissue (called fascia) just under the skin’s surface.
  • After the fat cells have been sucked out, the surgeon ‘pulls up’ or removes the excess skin left behind, and secures it with surgical stitches.

Types of Facial Liposuction

There are 4 types of facial liposuction procedures.

  • Dry facial liposuction
  • Wet facial liposuction
  • Super wet facial
  • Ultrasound facial liposuction:


There is no doubt that there is a dramatic difference in the shape and looks of the face before and after liposuction. Your face will look more attractive, and you will regain the youthful contours of your face. But you should be aware of the risks involved, such as:

  • Infection
  • Embolisms
  • Deadening of the nerves
  • Puncture wounds
  • Scarring
  • Cardiac arrhythmia


Recovery varies from person to person. While surgeons tell you that it will take about 3 to 4 days to recover, it would be advisable to take at least 7 to 10 days off from work. This is necessary in order to cater for the pain and the effect of the pain relieving medications that you would need to consume.

  • A couple of stitches are usually required.
  • You will be generally allowed to go home after the surgery.
  • You will have to rest for at least 24 hours.
  • You will have to wear a snug elastic dressing over the area for a few days.
  • There will be some pain and bruising. You will be advised cold packs and pain relievers for a few days.
  • You may be able to resume normal activities in 4 to 5 days.


The cost depends upon the region you live in, the reputation of the doctor and the amount of surgical work you need done. It would generally be anywhere from $ 1800 to $ 4000.