Who is a candidate for Neck Liposuction?
Dr. Nabil Fakih believes that liposuction can give you the “boost” you need to further improve your self image. He believes it is vitally important to have a proper diet and exercise regimen to obtain the maximal results for face contouring surgery. Your visit with Dr. Nabil Fakih will determine if you are a good candidate. If you are within 5 to 10 kilos of your optimal body weight and in good physical health with reasonable expectations you should be an appropriate candidate. Also in some cases, they can have the advantage to solve it without neck liposuction and by using Kybella Injections in the area which destroys fat, they could have a great result without going into surgery.
What should I expect from my consultation?
During your consultation, you will learn about the surgery, its limitations and risks, and discuss your needs and concerns. This will help Dr. Nabil Fakih understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved. Dr. Nabil Fakih will carefully take attention to the distributions of excess fat, and the skin tone, elasticity, or excess in the areas. It is always best to perform liposuction when the fat excess is localized to areas that have not responded to diet and exercise, and that you are close to (within 10%) of your ideal body weight. You and Dr. Nabil Fakih will discuss your goals for surgery using state of the art 3D Imaging which allows patients to see their face with reduced fat volume and dimension. After your consultation we will take photographs for your medical record and we will discuss the surgery fees and scheduling dates. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. Also provide information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information. All our patient are prepared by Dr. Paula Martin-Marfil with the Pre / Post surgical preparation program to enhance a quick recovery.
Liposuction is always performed using the “tumescent” or “super-wet” technique, whereby the areas being treated are infused with an anesthetic solution (containing lidocaine, and epinephrine) that allows for the painless and meticulous removal of fat with minimal bleeding. Small liposuction cannulas (hollow tubes) are placed through tiny, discrete incisions, the fat cells are removed, and the regions are sculpted.
What to avoid before surgery?
It is vitally important to avoid all blood thinning medications/supplements for 2 weeks prior to surgery. This includes any aspirin or aspirin-containing products as well as any anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve and Advil). It is generally fine to be take Tylenol (Acetaminophen). Avoid supplements such as Vitamin E including multi vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids such as fish oil and flax seed oil. You will be given a complete list of medications/supplements to avoid at your pre op. All these medications can contribute to bleeding problems following surgery and can increase the amount of bruising.
A compressive garment will be worn day and night for two weeks following liposuction, and at night for an additional two to four weeks. The liposuction garment may be removed for showers and breaks as needed. There will be bruising and swelling of the areas, which is most significant during the first two weeks after liposuction. By six weeks following liposuction, most of the swelling will have resolved, but it takes approximately twelve weeks for the final results of your liposuction to be seen. Most people return to school or work one to three days after liposuction, and slightly longer (one week) after larger volume liposuction, or liposuction of multiple areas. Light aerobic exercise (treadmill, elliptical) is begun after approximately seven days, and more strenuous activity is begun three weeks after liposuction.