As we reach a certain age most of us have pockets of fatty areas, or “problem areas” that negatively affect our body image. As a result of age and hormone changes we can accumulate unwanted, stubborn body fat. Overeating, lack of exercise and genetics also influence where and how much excess fat we have on our body – or even in our face. Often this fat settles in specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, upper thigh or “saddlebag” area, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, above the knees, upper arms, under the chin, in the cheeks and the neck.
Liposuction or Liposculpture can reshape the body in ways that weight loss, exercise or incisional surgery cannot. Dr. Sikorski’s goal is for you to be more comfortable with your body and happier with your shape. Many patients find that their liposuction is a great psychological boost, giving them the incentive to exercise.
Liposuction for the Body
Liposuction is the process of removing excess fat through a small tube inserted under the skin into the fatty areas. When done correctly Liposuction removes undesired fat cells from different body areas. For men this is generally the “love handles,” abdomen and neckline – all common problem areas for men and all easily reduced and reshaped.
For women, the areas of the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks are treated most often. Estrogen changes in a woman’s body will cause fatty areas to persist for many women, despite diet and exercise. Liposuction removes specifically targeted fat pockets and returns the body to a slimmer, more streamlined appearance.
Liposuction for the Face and Neck
Facial liposuction is the removal of fat from under the chin and/or the neck. It is a fast and efficient way to get rid of a double chin, jowls, or chubbiness under the chin. The fat is vacuumed through a small external incision hidden in the shadow under the chin. Neck liposuction is a viable single alternative if there is not an extreme amount of fat in the neck and when there is sufficient skin elasticity. For some patients, the best results are obtained through a surgical neck lift either with or without chin liposuction.
Facial Liposuction can make your face and neck look significantly thinner and make you look like you’ve lost weight. It can help completely alter the visual impact of a short or receding chin.
Some patients will benefit from both chin liposuction and a chin implant to make the chin more prominent and balance the face. The removal of this excess fat can significantly sharpen the contours of the lower face. Chin liposuction can also be done in conjunction with buccal fat extraction, a surgical procedure that manually extracts excess fat from the cheeks. Chin liposuction is also a frequently included part of a necklift.