Options for a Youthful Jaw Line
One of the most important features of a good looking face is a smooth, well-defined jaw line. If someone has never had a clearly defined jaw line, or has lost it due to the aging process, there are several options available to help get that chiseled look.
Younger patients are often great candidates for facial liposuction. This is the permanent removal of fat cells and it is much more predictable than external lasers to "melt" fat. Facial liposuction is performed through small incisions behind each ear and under the chin. Younger patients generally have excellent skin tone so the skin reshapes to the new, enhanced contour. The procedure usually takes between 30-45 minutes to perform. It can be performed under local or twilight anesthesia depending on patient preferences.
For the in-between patient who has some puffiness under the chin and jaw line but has skin that is beginning to relax, ThermiRF can be combined with the liposuction procedure. Many different skin tightening procedures currently exist. It is important to note that they are limited in their effectiveness by how much energy can be passed through the skin, without causing the skin to burn. ThermiRF is an exciting technology in which a probe is inserted under the skin and is capable of delivering a custom amount of radio frequency energy for the patient. Since the probe is placed under the skin, more energy can be safely delivered creating new collagen and tighter skin. Patients can have these procedures performed in the office under local or twilight anesthesia. ThermiRF of the face and neck generally takes about 45 minutes. When combined with liposuction, the procedure lasts about an hour.
For the patient who has loose facial skin resulting in jowls or fullness in the neck, a facelift is generally the most appropriate procedure. As the face ages, many of the layers (bone, fat, skin) are involved. For many patients, the face loses the youthful, triangular shape and becomes more square. Often liposuction is performed as part of the facelift to help sculpt these areas. The supporting layers of the face are tightened and the excess skin is permanently removed. This procedure typically takes 1.5 – 2 hours to perform under a twilight or general anesthesia.
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Q & A with Dr. Maloney
What is facial liposuction?
As adults, we do not grow more fat cells. Our existing fat cells swell as we gain weight, and shrink as we lose weight. Facial liposuction is the permanent removal of fat cells. The procedure can be performed alone, or in conjunction with a variety of other procedures such as chin implants, nose surgery, eyelid surgery, or facelift surgery. Facial liposuction generally provides a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the neck and jaw line.
Who is a candidate for facial liposuction?
Typically, younger patients are the best facial liposuction candidates due to their good skin tone. Facial liposuction is also an excellent choice for men and African American patients due to the fact that their skin is thicker and the procedure is performed using small incisions.
Rhinoplasty with Facial Liposuction
Dr. Maloney is an award-winning, internationally recognized, double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is the founder of the world-renowned Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery located in Atlanta. Dr. Maloney is a National Trainer for Allergan, the maker of Botox Cosmetic,® Juvederm,® Voluma,® and Latisse.® He instructs doctors from all over the world on the latest facial cosmetic surgery procedures and has been regularly featured in national media including Discovery Health, The Learning Channel, CNN Headline News, ABC News and more.
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