The many challenges facing a once obese person who has shed significant amounts of weight include not just dealing with excess skin, but also dealing with the visible changes taking place on the face. When the face becomes thinner, it can start to look older. But sometimes the fat around the neck and chin is resistant to this weight loss. The weight drops from all other areas but is disconcerting when it doesn’t drop from the neck and face. It is a fine balance between too much fat and too little fat. Individuals facing these challenges will often turn to cosmetic surgery to restore the face to a more youthful appearance.

Cosmetic surgery can help restore the confidence of a once obese person who has taken the necessary steps to enjoy a fitter healthier life.

Weight loss from Roux Y Gastric Bypass or laparoscopic adjustable gastric band (lap-band) surgery can occur over a relatively short period and is a highly effective way to drop the kilos. For some individuals, fat may still cling to stubborn areas particularly around the face and neck region. Even a thin person can store fat in the neck and face and this fat is most likely an inherited trait.

In these instances, facial contouring through liposculpture can provide a fast and effective solution. The advantages of undergoing liposculpture treatment after weight loss are that the results are instant. There’s no need to wait months or years for successful weight loss around the body to make its way to the face. The photo displayed is the day after the neck/face liposculpture procedure .

Lower face/ neck liposculpture can help restore a more youthful appearance and improve your profile, with the most common requests for improvements being the chin, cheeks, jowls, and neck, as these are often the last areas of the body to shed excess fatty tissue.

No general anaesthetic is required, therefore Liposculpture is a safer procedure than other forms of fat removal. It is essentially performed under local anaesthesia and a mild sedation may be offered to help a patient relax and feel comfortable.  The procedure uses small puncture points and no stitches are required. There’s minimal bleeding and usually minimal bruising and recovery time is quick.

Facial liposculpture is understandably a somewhat different procedure than when it is performed on other areas of the body. More delicate techniques and specialised equipment are required to protect the many nerves and blood vessels present around the face and neck.

Treatment around the chin and jowls requires a small puncture under the chin. Specialised facial aspiration micro-cannulas are then used to remove the excess fatty tissue delicately.

Liposculpture for the neck requires small punctures under the chin and behind the ears. Cannulas of various shapes and lengths are then inserted at strategic positions to sculpt and mould the sides and front of the neck.

After undergoing liposculpture there will be some mild bruising and a little swelling . A compression garment is worn continuously for the first 48 hours to reduce swelling. Expect to be able to return to work within a few days. Bruising can range from nothing to mild to moderate.

Dr. Meaghan Heckenberg is a medical professional with years of experience at improving the look of her patients. Shantelle, a former patient of Dr. Heckenberg, was kind enough to answer a few questions about her experience with liposculpture.

Shantelle underwent weight loss Lap Band surgery in 2016 and lost 67Kg as a result. This is undoubtedly a great result, but Shantelle still possessed multiple chins which provided no end of embarrassing situations.

Shantelle was uncomfortable being photographed and always attempted to cover her chins with her hands. When she was sitting down, she would always pull her shirt up and sit it on her chin to hide her neck from view.

Her work in customer service also began to suffer when she noticed many of her customers would stare at her extra chins. Shantelle began to withdraw and would always attempt to hurry her customers out the door with limited conversation.

Shantelle’s mother worked with Dr. Meaghan, which prompted Shantelle to book a consultation. Shantelle says that she found Dr. Meaghan personable and relatable and not at all intimidating; something she didn’t expect.

After undergoing treatment, Shantelle reports that the results “blew her away.” She had braced herself not to get upset if she didn’t get the results she hoped for but was pleased to see instant improvement. Changes are still occurring, as Shantelle is still going through the healing process, but she says the results are only getting better with time.

Shantelle also says that liposculpture has improved her life immeasurably. Her confidence is restored, she notices herself smiling a lot more, and she no longer feels the need to hide her chin for a photo, or when she’s talking to someone.

When asked whether she would recommend liposculpture to other people, Shantelle responds without hesitation with a resounding “yes,” due to the life-changing effects the procedure can have for a person.

If you would like to discuss your options for facial contouring or liposculpture, please call (02) 9906 1555 to book a consultation at your earliest convenience. You can also use our contact form at to get in touch.

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