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Facial Liposuction

Facial Liposuction – Houston, TX

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Men and women with a double chin or a round baby face that is hereditary, understand that diet and exercise alone cannot improve these features. Submental liposuction can effectively reduce jowls and double chins. Houston facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm use liposuction to remove fat and excess tissue from the neck and jawline to help patients achieve improved jawline definition and a thinner, sleeker overall appearance.

What Sets Us Apart

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are award-winning, board-certified facial plastic surgeons specializing in aesthetic surgery strictly for the areas of the neck and up. Dr. Kridel has published over 30 scientific journal articles and book chapters on facial rejuvenation, including articles involving facial liposuction with Dr. Sturm. Our patients and physicians refer others, as well as their own family members to Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm for their recognized surgical skill and expertise in this area.

Surgical Technique

During submental liposuction, the surgeon makes a tiny incision under the chin and “vacuums” out excess fat through a suction catheter, known as a “cannula”, which helps to loosen excess fat cells and suction them out. After he closes the incision, he applies a turban-like dressing, then removes stitches and bandages four days later. The procedure takes about an hour depending the size of the area and the amount of excess fat needed to be removed.

During/After Surgery

Liposuction is performed under general or “twilight” anesthesia at an accredited outpatient surgical facility or our AAAHC-accredited, in-office surgical suite. Immediately after surgery, patients can begin to see a more youthful jawline with jowls and double chins reduced. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are very small and will fade over time. After five days, you can return to work.

Expected Cost

Liposuction of the face will vary in cost depending on how many areas of the face (cheeks, neck, chin, etc.) are being addressed. For the liposuction part alone, the cost can range between $2,000-$4,000. This surgery is sometimes combined with a lift or augmentation technique. The costs will increase if another procedure is performed at the same time.

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost  
$2,250 - $3,000
Recovery Time  
1 Week
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 Day
Procedure Recovery Location  
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Liposuction FAQs

Will Lipo Tighten Skin?

Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat, but it does not address imperfections caused by loose skin. During your consultation with Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm can also review all of the options for skin tightening and skin texture if you would like.

How do I Know if I Need Lipo?

During your consultation with Dr. Kridel or Dr. Sturm, they will fully evaluate the face and neck area. We will also take photographs and complete digital computer imaging so that patients can discuss their aesthetic goals and review what can be achieved through submental liposuction or other facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm will only provide you with a surgical plan tailored specifically to you and your goals for the most successful facial rejuvenation outcome, which may or may not include liposuction.

What About Scarring?

Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm take great care to place the incisions in inconspicuous spots, such as under the chin, to keep scarring to a minimum and virtually undetectable over time.

Weight Loss First?

Liposuction creates a slimmer facial appearance and is ideal for those who are at a healthy weight, but still have stubborn areas of fat resistant to diet and exercise.  Liposuction is not an alternative to a diet and exercise weight loss plan, nor is it a surgical treatment for obesity.  For patients that have lost a great deal of weight and have loose skin as a result are good candidates for facelift surgery, but not facial liposuction.

Combining Procedures?

Submental liposuction is commonly combined with facelift surgery to remove the fatty area directly under the chin or with chin augmentation surgery to improve jawline definition. However, it can also be done as a single outpatient procedure.

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