Facial Liposuction vs. Facial Liposculpture

By Dr. Christopher Cote and Dr. Nicolette Picerno on April 5, 2022 under Liposuction

Facial Liposuction vs. Facial Liposculpture

With the advent of technologies like FaceTite, facial liposuction has become a popular, minimally invasive way of re-contouring the face without having to undergo the more expensive facelift procedure. However, these aren’t the only options people have when considering facial rejuvenation through cosmetic surgery, as facial liposculpture, a fat transfer procedure, can have similar and uniquely beneficial results.

What is Facial Liposculpture?

The term “liposculpture” describes the procedure succinctly. Facial liposculpture is the “sculpting” of fat tissue within the face, using processed fat from elsewhere on the body to restore volume to areas that have become thinner and less dense. This procedure is done in-office under local anesthesia to minimize downtime that can come with general anesthesia.

The procedure itself uses liposuction but not in the way that facial liposuction-specific procedures do. First, fat is harvested using traditional liposuction techniques from areas of excess fat elsewhere on the body. Common donor areas are the abdomen and hips, as well as the thighs or even under the chin. The collected fat is processed in a centrifuge and then carefully re-injected to precise areas of the face where volume loss or bone density decay has affected the youthfulness of your facial contour.

Facial liposculpture, in a way, delivers similar results as dermal fillers used to contour specific areas of the face, albeit with much longer-lasting material: your own tissue. Results from facial liposculpture look natural because they are natural. And many people see an improvement from their procedure for up to a decade following the treatment.

Reasons to Have Facial Liposuction

Not everyone is a good candidate for liposculpture vs. liposuction when it comes to facial rejuvenation. Those who can benefit from technologies that tighten skin as well as remove excess fat may be better off with facial liposuction. For those who are concerned about the appearance of a double chin, for example, liposuction can be a highly effective way to get the jawline contour they need. Other concerns that facial liposuction can address include lax skin and chipmunk cheeks (buccal fat removal).

However, excess fat is not always the cause of an unsatisfying facial contour. With age comes the loss of volume, not necessarily the increase in fat tissue in the face. This is a leading reason facial liposculpture is often recommended over liposuction.

Reasons to Have Facial Liposculpture

The main reason we recommend facial liposculpture at FacesFirst is when people are looking for a long-term improvement in facial volume loss. Common concerns include:

  • Lack of volume under the eyes
  • Hollow or sagging cheeks
  • Flat, ill-defined cheekbones

Facial liposculpture can also be used to enhance the contours of areas that dermal fillers offer a solution to, depending on how long you want your results to last. With dermal fillers, you can enjoy several months to up to 2 years of enhancement in specific areas, whereas liposculpture can provide subtle contour enhancement for many years to come.

Liposculpture in Denver, CO

To learn more about your options for facial enhancement with facial liposculpture, contact the board-certified facial plastic surgeons at FacesFirst. With multiple board certifications and years of experience in specific facial aesthetic procedures, Dr. Picerno and Dr. Cote are highly sought after for their natural-looking results from all types of facial surgery and non-invasive procedures. See how liposculpture can transform your appearance by calling or contacting us online today.