Yes, liposuction can be done at the same time as a facelift. I do this commonly in my practice as I am often transferring fat to the face to add volume. Some factors must be considered however. I limit areas of liposuction when paired with additional surgery. I use tumescent anesthesia for both procedures which has to be limited based on a number of factors including the patient's weight. If you are planning general anesthesia this raises additional issues. An experienced liposuction surgeon will most likely be aware of these factors. Find someone you trust for an in depth analysis and consultation.
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Face lifting and liposculture
hello. thanks for the question, very interesting. the number of procedures performed in a surgery will depend on many factors, the most important of these is your health.
facelift can be performed with liposuction in nearby areas and this potentiates the results.
Liposuction and facelift surgery are frequently performed together
Absolutely. Liposuction is a nice complement to facelift surgery and can create additional contouring and skin tightening in properly selected patients. The only additional risk that liposuction adds is the potential for a contour deformity if fat is removed too aggressively or in an inconsistent fashion.
Stephen Weber MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
Is it possible to have a Liposculture and face lifting at the same time/procedure? What are the risks?... if any.
Absolutely. This is termed a volumetric facelift.
There are always risks with any procedure, I'm afraid. Thankfully these can be minimised by seeking the right surgeon, with the necessary expertise and by preparing yourself, too (eg. stop smoking, if you smoke, stop certain medication (blood thinners), control blood pressure). Generally, risks depend on the method of anaesthetic, commonly general anaesthetic and the surgery (depending on what type of facelift you have):
Making you too tight
Making you not tight enough
Wound healing delays
Nerve injuries leading to patches of numbness and patches of
Incomplete removal of all your lines and wrinkles
Areas of hair loss near the scars that sometimes need to be
put into the hairline
A higher hairline than before
Areas of rippling around the cheeks where the muscles are
Revision surgery with time (eg. weight gain or
The fact that surgery does not last forever and the exact
length of time that surgery lasts cannot be predicted - the surgery can turn
the clock back, but it doesn't stop it ticking
Additional complications from liposuction, in the area where the fat is borrowed from (infection, bruising, swelling, contour irregularity) and also the risks of where the fat is put into (as with liposuction and over-correction, under-correction, asymmetry, more fat grafting).
I talk around most of this when I see patients for this sort of procedure.
I would recommend you see an accredited plastic surgeon who can talk you through which facelift is suitable for you and a bit more around the risks, specific to the technique.
Facelift and liposuction at the same time.
Facelift and liposuction at the same time are best done together since fat can be removed under direct vision and more skin can be removed. The risk of this should be no more than a facelift alone and is primarily hematoma.
Fat grafting & facelift
It is certainly possible to combine these two modalities if a patient is a suitable candidate. We presented our experience with this combined approach in nearly 500 patients, and many surgeons have begun incorporate this into their approach. The facelift addresses skin excess and laxity, whereas the focused micro cannula liposuction and fat grafting help address the changes that occur in terms of fat distribution in the aging face. Liposculpture can smooth the jowls, perioral mounds, and under the chin effectively. Some risks of focused liposuction include poor blood flow to/damage to the skin, contour irregularities or asymmetries, damage to surrounding structures, etc. As with any procedure, find a board-certified surgeon who is experienced with the techniques involved!
Yes it's possible and done frequently.
There are many advantages to cosmetic procedures.
Sometimes one procedure complements the other.
Sometimes procedures are combined to save recovery time and costs.
As long as the person is in good health
Liposculpture and Facelift combination
Yes it is possible to do a lipoesculpture and a facelift during the same surgery. There will be factors that will determine if it can be done such as healthy history, blood work results, and the extent of the work needed to be done. The best candidates are healthy, in a good weight range, good blood results and realistic expectations.
Fat grafting and Face lifting
I think it is a great idea to combine fat grafting and face lifting during the same procedure, and I do this quite often. You are volumizing the face at the same time as tightening musculature and removing excess skin. The two procedures work beautifully together and result in one recovery and one anesthetic which is nice for the patient.
The downside to combining both procedures is that you add additional operative time/expense and you tend to be more swollen for several weeks.
Hope that helps!
Face lifting and other procedures
Time is the factor. I like to get the facelift patient off the table as soon as possible to prevent any more swelling. A few hours of liposuction before for after can lead to unnecessary swelling. Just my bias.