Four Common Misconceptions Patients Have About Facial Liposuction

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Facial liposuction, especially in the area below the chin, requires a lot of care to avoid complications and deliver exceptional results.

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Therefore, you're best seeking the expertise of a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with years of experience in facial liposuction.

In Boca Raton, Florida, Dr. Nathan Nachlas, one of Castle Connelly's America's Top Doctors, specializes in facial liposuction and many other facial cosmetic surgeries.

Facial liposuction removes fat from areas of the face and neck. One of the more popular areas for facial liposuction is right below the chin.

As we age, it's common to see the chin and jawline losing definition while at the same time jowls and a double chin become unsightly issues.

By removing the excess fat, Dr. Nachlas helps bring definition to your neck and jawline. Many patients, however, hesitate to undergo facial liposuction because they've heard rumors that scare them. Here are four of these common misconceptions.

Misconception #1 - Liposuction is Only for People Who Are Overweight

Actually, the best candidate for liposuction is one who has stubborn fat stores, despite sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine.

When a patient is overweight, removing the fat without addressing loose skin and poor muscle tone will cause sagging. Many facial plastic surgeons suggest that patients lose weight first and then speak to a surgeon about a surgical treatment that addresses the loose skin and muscle, such as a face lift.

Misconception #2 - Liposuction and the Recovery is Very Painful

Liposuction is not painful. The procedure is performed after you're given a sedative and local anesthesia. You will not feel anything during the procedure and may even sleep right through it.

If you're undergoing facial liposuction with another procedure, your surgeon may suggest general anesthesia instead.

Once you're at home, you need a week or two to rest. Bruising and swelling are common complaints and may cause some discomfort, but your facial plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter medication to help alleviate that discomfort. Generally, patients complain more about the bandages they have to wear for a few days.

Misconception #3 - The Scars Will Be Noticeable

During a liposuction, a tool known as a cannula is inserted into the fat tissue through small incisions. The cannula breaks up the fatty deposits and then a pump attached to the cannula helps draw the fat out.

While, you do have incisions, they are small and hidden under the chin or within the mouth. As a result, noticeable scars are not a concern.

Misconception #4 - Any Doctor Can Perform Liposuction

In 2010, a woman in Texas opted to undergo liposuction with a doctor who was not a plastic surgeon. While he completed a residency in general surgery, he was not board certified in any area.

She ended up dying from a lidocaine overdose. It was later revealed that another woman in Florida went to the same doctor for a fat transfer and liposuction and went into cardiac arrest and died.

While doctors may be allowed to perform liposuction, not every doctor is the best choice for liposuction. In the right hands, liposuction is a safe procedure. Liposuction is a technique that only board certified plastic surgeons should perform. These surgeons go through specific training in liposuction techniques.

They understand the anatomy of the face and neck and also learn safe dosing for the lidocaine that is often used to help ease pain during and after the procedure. Dr. Nachlas is double board certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology and completed liposuction training during his plastic surgery fellowship.

During a consultation, Dr. Nachlas addresses your concerns and discusses whether you are a good candidate for facial liposuction or if another procedure would be more beneficial.

Read what other patients have to say about Dr. Nachlas through patient testimonials, and you'll see his skill and bedside manner make him an excellent choice. 

For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 561-939-0909.

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