Submental Liposuction & Buccal Fat Removal in San Francisco, CA
Submental liposuction and buccal fat removal are two highly sought-after cosmetic procedures that can create a beautifully sculpted and defined facial appearance in a minimally invasive way. Dr. Ginger Xu at Ethos Plastic Surgery can help you achieve the slimmed and elegant facial contour you’ve dreamt of by expertly removing excess fat from specific areas of the face and neck.
Submental liposuction, also known as chin liposuction or neck liposuction, is a minimally invasive procedure that removes excess fat directly under the chin and in the neck areas, which creates a more defined jawline and reduces the appearance of a double chin. Buccal fat removal focuses on the reduction of excessive fatty deposits in the cheeks to achieve a more contoured and artistically carved facial aesthetic.
Ivy-league-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Ginger Xu is highly accomplished and skilled in facial sculpting procedures. With her years of experience and unparalleled expertise, Dr. Xu is known for delivering outstanding and natural-looking results that align with her patients’ unique aesthetic goals. Dr. Xu is committed to providing the best experience for each patient and ensuring that their concerns are addressed every step of the way.
To learn more about submental liposuction and buccal fat removal, we invite you to schedule a private consultation at Ethos Plastic Surgery. Dr. Xu will take the time to listen to your concerns, evaluate your individual needs, and provide you with expert guidance and advice tailored to your unique situation. Please contact us online or call (415) 506-4300 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Xu and take the first step towards a more confident and beautiful you.
Why Choose Dr. Ginger Xu for Buccal Fat Removal and Submental Liposuction?
Dr. Xu completed a specialty-focused cosmetic plastic surgery fellowship at Harvard and has extensive experience with submental liposuction and buccal fat removal.
As one of the best female plastic surgeons in San Francisco, Dr. Xu brings a unique perspective to the field and is dedicated to providing her patients with personalized care and attention. She understands the reasons that lead people to seek cosmetic procedures and the impact they can have on their lives. Dr. Xu prioritizes patient satisfaction and well-being, taking pride in her ability to provide knowledgeable medical guidance and surgical expertise that improves her patients’ lives on both physical and emotional levels.
At Ethos Plastic Surgery, we believe that every patient deserves personalized care and attention from a skilled and compassionate surgeon. If you are considering submental liposuction or buccal fat removal and are looking for a surgeon who can deliver exceptional results, look no further than Dr. Ginger Xu.
Dr. Xu’s Philosophy – Soft, Gentle Beauty
We are committed to delivering natural-looking and highly contoured results for patients seeking submental liposuction and buccal fat removal. Dr. Xu believes in the philosophy of “soft, gentle beauty,” which is reflected in every aspect of our practice.
Our team’s signature Bay Area aesthetic blends sophistication and refinement to provide patients with subtle enhancements that help them look and feel their best. Dr. Xu’s attention to detail and dedication to exceptional results ensures that patients can achieve their desired outcomes while still looking entirely natural.
Meet Dr. Ginger Xu
Dr. Xu embraces the responsibility and transformative opportunity to alter a patient’s appearance in a way that is congruent with their own values and matches a more cohesive sense of self; to realign the external with the internal; to create an improved emotional landscape and a better life. These ideals captivate and inspire her every day.
What is Submental Liposuction?
Submental liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that targets excess fat directly under the chin and in the neck areas, helping to create a more defined jawline and reduce the appearance of a double chin. This procedure is ideal for patients who have excess fat in the neck and chin area that is resistant to diet and exercise, or those who have hereditary unwanted fat in these areas.
During the procedure, Dr. Xu will make small incisions under the chin and jawline, through which a thin tube called a cannula is inserted to suction out the unwanted fat. The goal of submental liposuction is to create a slimmer, more sculpted, and often more youthful-looking neck and jawline. Under the skillful hands of a surgeon like Dr. Xu, advanced liposuction techniques like awake liposuction and power-assisted liposuction can deliver exceptional results.
Submental liposuction can be performed alone or in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as a facelift, neck lift, or chin augmentation, for a more comprehensive and natural-looking result.
What are the Benefits of Submental Liposuction?
Submental liposuction offers many benefits, including:
Reduces the appearance of a double chin
Submental liposuction specifically targets excess fat directly under the chin and in the neck areas, helping to create a more defined and contoured jawline and reducing the appearance of a double chin.
Enhances overall facial aesthetics
By improving the neck and jawline contours, submental liposuction can significantly enhance the overall aesthetic appearance of the face.
Minimally invasive procedure
Submental liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that involves tiny incisions under the chin and jawline that usually heal imperceptibly. As a result, it is associated with minimal discomfort, scarring, and downtime. It can be done under local anesthesia.
With proper maintenance and care, the results of submental liposuction are long-lasting and can provide patients with a more youthful, defined appearance for years to come.
Neck skin tightening
Submental liposuction can also help improve the appearance of sagging skin around the neck, as retraction of the skin or “snap back” can occur to some degree.
Optimized results with other procedures
The procedure can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift or chin augmentation, to create a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
The Submental Liposuction Procedure
During a submental liposuction procedure, Dr. Ginger Xu will first make tiny incisions under the chin and jawline. Through these incisions, a thin tube called a cannula is inserted to suction out the unwanted fat from the neck and chin area. The cannula is moved back and forth through the targeted areas, in a gentle and careful way, breaking up the fat and removing it from the body through a vacuum pump.
The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on patient preference, it can be done under General Anesthesia, IV Sedation, or using local anesthesia only – which means that you would be awake but numb during the operation. A compression garment may be worn around the neck and chin area for several days or weeks following the procedure to help reduce swelling and support the healing process.
Submental Liposuction Recovery
Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the treated area for the first few days following the procedure. These symptoms are typically manageable with prescribed pain medication. During the initial recovery period, it’s essential to take it easy and avoid any strenuous activity or exercise for at least a week to allow the body time to heal. Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within a few days following the procedure. Personalized aftercare instructions will be provided to ensure an optimal recovery process.
What is Buccal Fat Removal?
Often referred to as a “cheek reduction” or “cheek sculpting” procedure, Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic procedure that involves extracting fat from the cheeks to create a more contoured and defined facial appearance. The buccal fat pad, located deep within the cheek tissue, can give the face a rounded and full appearance. By removing the buccal fat pad, patients can achieve a more sculpted, angular look which may also bring out their natural cheekbones and jawline features. Buccal fat removal is especially suitable for those who feel that their round or “chubby” cheeks create a baby-face look or make them appear heavier than they desire.
What is Buccal Fat Removal?
Buccal fat removal can provide numerous benefits to patients, including:
A slimmer and more defined facial structure
Buccal fat removal can create a more angular, sculpted look by removing excess fat from the cheeks.
Enhanced cheekbone and jawline
Buccal fat removal can also help enhance and highlight a patient’s natural cheekbone and jawline features by accentuating the underlying bone structure.
Buccal fat removal is considered minimally invasive as it involves a small incision inside the mouth and does not require any external scars. It can be done under local anesthesia.
Once the excess fat is removed, the results of buccal fat removal are permanent, offering long-lasting benefits to patients.
The Buccal Fat Removal Procedure
During the procedure, Dr. Xu will make small incisions on the inside of the mouth, through which she will delicately remove the excess fat from the cheeks. The operation typically takes between 1-2 hours to complete, and patients can return home the same day. The procedure can be done awake with local anesthesia or with IV Sedation.
After the procedure, patients may experience some swelling and discomfort, which typically subsides within a few days. Results of the procedure are often visible immediately, with continued improvement in the weeks and months following the treatment.
Buccal Fat Removal Recovery
After buccal fat removal, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area for the first few days following the procedure. However, these symptoms are typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses. Patients should plan to take it easy for the first few days after the procedure and avoid any strenuous activity or exercise for at least a week. Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within a few days to a week following the procedure. Dr. Xu will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth and comfortable recovery process.
Your San Francisco Buccal Fat Removal and Submental Liposuction Consultation with Dr. Xu
Your consultation with Dr. Xu is a crucial step in achieving your desired submental liposuction or buccal fat removal results. During your private consultation in our comfortable and beautifully decorated San Francisco office, Dr. Xu will take the time to listen to your concerns, evaluate your individual needs, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
It’s important to arrive at your consultation ready to discuss your health history, concerns, and goals for the surgery, as well as any specific changes you hope to see. Dr. Xu will use this information to develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique situation.
During your consultation, Dr. Xu will also provide you with realistic expectations for your surgical outcomes and discuss what you can do to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. As an experienced and compassionate plastic surgeon, Dr. Xu understands the importance of addressing all of your questions and concerns and will take the time to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident throughout the process. Remember, there is no such thing as a bad question when you are considering surgery.
Learn More About San Francisco Submental Liposuction and Buccal Fat Removal
Dr. Xu firmly believes that plastic surgery is an expression of self-love, body positivity, and emphasizing natural beauty. She can relate to why you may want to have a cosmetic procedure done and advise you on the best ways to reach your desired results.
“People face a unique set of challenges as we are confronted by societal messaging regarding idealized figures and body types. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is society’s noise versus your own true voice in the matter. I understand what it’s like to navigate this while also trying to stay true to what you want for your own body, on your own terms, regardless of what other people think, or how it fits into norms or not. Ultimately, doing what’s right for you is the greatest act of self-care.”
If you are considering submental liposuction or buccal fat removal in San Francisco and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Xu, please contact us online or call (415) 506-4300 today. Dr. Xu is happy to answer all your questions and help you decide if surgery will improve your self-image and quality of life.
Bay Area Submental Liposuction and Buccal Fat Removal
Yes, submental liposuction and buccal fat removal can be combined in some cases to achieve a more comprehensive facial sculpting result. If it is determined that combining submental liposuction and buccal fat removal would provide the best results, Dr. Xu can perform both procedures during a single surgical session. It’s important to note that a combined approach will increase the overall duration of the surgery and the recovery time. However, the benefits of combining procedures may include a more comprehensive and harmonious facial contouring result, as well as a reduction in the overall cost of treatment.
Both these procedures can be effective in creating a more defined jawline, but the exact results will vary from person to person. The outcome will depend on your individual anatomy and include factors such as the amount and distribution of fat you have in the targeted areas, the elasticity of your skin, your unique bone shape, and your overall facial structure.