While most people will visit a cosmetic surgeon to increase fullness in their facial features, some have the opposite problem of having too much natural fullness in their cheeks. If you have so-called “chipmunk cheeks” and want a slimmer profile, what’s your best option?
Facial Liposuction Benefits and Risks
Liposuction can accomplish impressive body contouring and does absolutely have the potential for helping to define the face when used with caution and by an experienced cosmetic surgeon.
However, treating the cheeks is an especially difficult and risky target zone for the liposuction cannula. In this area, there are concerns about dimpling, indentations, and contouring irregularities that may result in a problem worse than that of unusual fullness. Additionally, removing this fat at a young age has the potential to result in a prematurely gaunt, aged appearance as the patient grows older.
Often, the fullness in a patient’s cheeks is caused by genetic fat distribution, not an unhealthy diet or lifestyle. In fact, round cheeks could actually be the result of an unusually well-developed facial muscle and not a fat deposit it all.
As an alternative solution, light liposuction around a patient’s jawline can help to balance facial contours and bring features into greater harmony.
Dr. Joseph J. Castellano is a native Floridian who grew up in the Tampa Bay area. During medical school and his 5 years of training in General Surgery, Dr. Castellano developed a strong interest in Cosmetic Surgery. He followed his residency training with an elective year of specialized training with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. From 2010-2011, he completed a fellowship in Indiana focused entirely of cosmetic surgery of the face and body. During his fellowship, he received specialized training in facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and body contouring. Dr. Castellano received his board certification from the American College of Surgeons in 2010.
Dr. Castellano focuses on breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, facelift, and eyelid rejuvenation. Additionally, he operates on numerous skin cancers, scar revisions, spider veins, and specializes in the management of aging skin with chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
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