Lewis Plastic Surgery
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
When aging causes excess fat to accumulate around the cheeks, jowls, or chin, facial liposuction – a minimally invasive surgical procedure – can often restore a tighter, more youthful contour to the face.
Gordon Lewis, M.D.
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Dr. Lewis has performed numerous successful facial liposuction procedures, helping his patients turn back the clock by the removal of localized facial fat. The surgery is much like sculpting. A tube or cannula is inserted into the incisions, and a vacuum device removes the excess fatty tissue. The result is a younger-looking face and profile.
For younger patients, facial liposuction can sometimes delay the need for more invasive surgical procedures like a facelift. Older patients with more significant signs of aging may find that facial liposuction in conjunction with a facelift or neck lift will bring the best results.
You can maintain the outcome of your facial liposuction procedure by keeping your weight steady. However, the aging process continues, and you may find that a subsequent procedure is necessary in a few years.
Areas improved by facial liposuction:
Dr. Lewis customizes every facial liposuction procedure, taking your anatomy, condition, and goals into account. He uses the latest minimally invasive liposuction methods to remove excess fat and tighten the lower portion of the face for a naturally younger look.
Liposuction requires only small incisions, and Dr. Lewis takes care to place them in areas that will remain mostly hidden. These locations depend on the areas where the liposuction will be performed, however. If chin liposuction is being done, the incision is under the chin. For the jowls, the incisions are usually hidden under the jawline. For the cheeks, the incisions are usually hidden within the hairline.
Will anesthesia and pain relief be used during / after facial liposuction?
Dr. Lewis ensures that you are comfortable throughout the whole procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic and IV sedation for what is often called “twilight sleep.” This is lighter anesthesia than a full general anesthetic, but you will be very relaxed and will not feel any pain.
What happens immediately after facial liposuction?
If liposuction was performed on your chin or neck, you may be fitted with a compression garment. The incisions will be dressed, and you can go home as soon as you are able. You will feel drowsy, however, so someone must be available to drive you home.
How long will complete recovery from facial liposuction take?
Recovery symptoms usually last 1-2 weeks. Any non-dissolvable sutures will be removed in your first or second post-operative visit with Dr. Lewis about a week after your surgery. We will monitor your progress carefully to make sure you are healing well.
Most of the residual tenderness, swelling, and bruising should subside around the second week. Apply cold packs, and keep your head elevated to reduce swelling.
Vigorous exercise could worsen your swelling and bruising, so please refrain from this activity for 3-4 weeks.
Am I a good candidate for facial liposuction?
Most adults who do not take blood thinning medications are potential candidates for facial liposuction. You should be at a healthy, stable weight, however. If you lose a significant amount of weight after facial liposuction, you could be left with loose skin.
You should refrain from smoking for at least 4 weeks before your surgery and 2 weeks after. Most medical issues can be managed in order to make surgery safe, but diabetes and high blood pressure, in particular, must be under control before the procedure.
What are the risks of facial liposuction?
With any surgical procedure, there are risks that you must be aware of. To minimize the risks, ensure that your surgery is conducted in a safe and secure environment using the latest surgical techniques by checking the certifications and accreditation of your surgeon. Accreditation boards and bodies are there to protect you.
Dr. Gordon Lewis has many years of surgical experience and is affiliated with several internationally recognized professional organizations. He is:
- Board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Affiliated with the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia
- An Associate member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons
- A candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
In general, facial liposuction is very safe and well-tolerated. It is rare that serious complications occur. We will speak with you at length about these risks and answer all of your questions.
Risks include, but are not limited to:
- Blood clots
- Unfavorable scars
- Need for revisional surgery
- Risks of anesthesia
During your comprehensive one-on-one consultation, we will cover several areas of discussion:
- Your medical history and current medications
- Your goals from facial liposuction
- Your concerns about facial liposuction
- Other options for surgically correcting the issues you want to change
- Risks associated with each option
A surgical price quote that includes any additional costs such as the OR fee and anesthesia. This will also include financing options, if you wish.
Expect to spend close to an hour in our office for your consultation.
Surgical procedures are performed at an accredited outpatient surgical center or a local hospital. Dr. Gordon Lewis is affiliated with several local medical centers where his patients undergo surgery. He primarily operates at these locations:
Stony Point Surgery Center
Parham Surgery Center
He also has privileges at St. Mary’s Hospital and Henrico Doctors Hospital, but he operates there less frequently.
Initial consultations, follow-up appointments, and all non-surgical treatments and minor surgical procedures are performed at Lewis Plastic Surgery practice, which is located on the grounds of Johnson-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
During your initial consultation, we will be able to give you a breakdown of all costs related to your Facial Liposuction procedure. This will include:
- Dr. Lewis’s fee
- Operating room fee
- Anesthesia fee
- Cost of any additional overnight stays
We make absolutely sure that there are no hidden costs and no surprises.
Every patient is required to attend an initial consultation before a procedure can be booked. Once you decide to proceed with surgery, we will assist you in finalizing a date and getting everything ready for surgery. We try to be as flexible as possible and will make arrangements to see you at Lewis Plastic Surgery on the grounds of Johnston-Willis Hospital within a few days after you contact us.
Facial liposuction is often performed as part of a facelift. Other procedures sometimes performed either in conjunction with or as a complement to facial liposuction include:
- Brow lift to decrease lines in the brow and to lift the brow to a more youthful position
- Neck lift to remove excess, sagging skin from the neck
- Facial fat grafting using your own fat to restore lost volume around the eyes and to the cheeks
- Botox – an injectable that temporarily smooths frown lines between the brows and fine lines around the eyes
- Juvederm and/or Juvederm Voluma dermal fillers to restore lost volume on the face.