Facial fat can make a relatively slim person look far heavier and much older, which can be frustrating to those that work hard to maintain a good diet and exercise program. Sometimes facial fat is just a temporary issue caused by any number of factors. However, for some people, the fat deposits are rather permanent and hard to remove through diet or exercise alone. For those that have the stubborn variety of facial fat, there are some treatments available that can remove fat pockets and make the face appear slimmer.
Want to Lose Facial Fat? Determine the Cause
Before considering any treatment to remove facial fat, the most important step is to determine the cause for the accumulation. In some cases, temporary bloating may be the issue. Facial bloating can be caused by a wide variety of issues. The most common reasons for facial swelling are poor diet, excess alcohol intake, dehydration, illness or an allergic reaction. All of these can be corrected within a reasonable period of time with or without a doctor’s supervision (depending on the origin).
There are those too that have a fat face because of obesity or over-eating in general. In these cases, the recommendation is to reduce calories and increase your metabolism through cardio exercise. The good news is that, often, a weight loss program will show results in the face before the rest of the body starts to shed fat. But for those who have stubborn fat accumulation in the lower face, jowls and below the chin, may have to consider a surgical solution to remove the fat deposits. These stubborn pockets of facial fat are more likely caused by heredity, age, or gravity. We are either born with a facial structure that encourages a double chin to develop or the natural fat that forms plump cheeks may to sink over time and settle into the jowls or beneath the chin.
Lose Facial Fat with Facial Liposuction
Like other areas of the body, those with stubborn accumulations of fat in the face may benefit from liposuction. Facial liposuction is done using a small hollow cannula (tube) that removes fat deposits from specific areas of the face. This is a surgical procedure that should only be accomplished by a well-qualified facial plastic surgeon. According to Dr. Dominic M. Castellano, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, “facial liposuction can be very beneficial for some patients to remove unwanted fat from the face and neck. The procedure starts with small incisions under the chin or behind the earlobes to access the fat pockets. The fat cells are entirely removed with suction and will never grow back. So if a patient maintains their weight, the results of the facial liposuction are permanent. Once the incisions have healed, the scars are virtually invisible and the face will look much slimmer.”
Reduce Facial Fat with a Facelift or Neck Lift
For some patients, the best course of action may be have a facelift or neck lift procedure to tighten the skin along the jaw or to restore the proper angle between the chin and the neck. In some cases, a facelift alone can lessen the appearance of jowls and give the patient a much thinner facial appearance. If the fat accumulation is below the chin and along the front of the neck, then a neck lift may be recommended to restore a more youthful appearance. Depending on the severity of the facial fat deposits, a combination of facial liposuction and a face or neck lift may provide the best results. Dr. Castellano says that in order to make a recommendation, it is best to examine the patient prior to setting up a treatment plan to remove facial fat. In some cases, surgery may not be necessary if the cause of the accumulation is an issue that can be addressed through diet or exercise. For that reason, Dr. Castellano provides complimentary consultations to determine the best treatment plan for the individual.
If you are frustrated by excess facial fullness and would like to get an opinion on the best treatment available to reduce facial fat, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation. Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility under the direction of expert plastic surgeon Dr. Dominic M. Castellano. Please contact us at (813) 975-3223 to schedule your free initial consultation or go to our website at www.EliteTampa.com for more information.