I’ve lost a lot of weight recently but my face looks fat. Can smartlipo be used on the face?
Weight loss unfortunately doesn’t occur proportionately throughout the body and this is often pre-determined genetically. It isn’t uncommon to have residual fat under the chin despite weight loss. If there is good skin tone, as there is in most people under 40, traditional liposuction will suffice to remove those stubborn fatty deposits. After age 40, skin elasticity is decreased, and simply suctioning out excess fat will often create a new problem, sagging neck skin. Before Smart Lipo, the only option was liposuction with a necklift, where excess skin was removed. With Smart Lipo, a laser fiber is inserted under the skin which not only melts the fat and minimizes bleeding/bruising, but more importantly, stimulates collagen production which is progressive over 2 to 6 months post treatment. The tightening effect on the neck can be quite dramatic yet natural. For patients with very poor skin elasticity, as often seen in patients post lap band or gastric bypass surgery where 100’s of pounds have been lost, traditional neck surgery is still the best option. The same follows for patients older than 65 as their skin elasticity won’t improve sufficiently with Smart Lipo.
A second reason that the face, not the neck, can look fat post weight loss is that we can also lose good fat from key supporting areas of the face such as around the cheeks and jaw line. This loss of support can cause the skin to sag creating the appearance of heaviness in the face. This can be corrected by restoring lost volume, surgically via fat injections or cheek implants or more simply, by injecting fillers.