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If you are troubled by excess facial fat, whether on your cheeks, chin, or neck, you may be a candidate for facial liposuction. 

The Facial Liposuction Process

The process involves removing fat cells that are deposited in these areas. Facial and neck fat are difficult to resolve with diet and excercise, and can affect your appearance. This frustrating problem can be resolved through a liposuction procedure that removes the fat, reshaping the face. Every person is different, and various factors come into play, including age, weight, the condition of the skin, and overall health.

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Resolves Chubby Cheeks, Sagging Jawline or Double Chin with Facial Liposuction

Are you tired of seeing chubby cheeks, sagging jawline, or a double chin? Come and see us at our Ventura Practice for a consultation. Removing excess fat in your face/neck area can create a dramatic difference in the appearance of your face.

As with any surgery, it should be performed by a highly-qualified professional, and at a clinic known for employing the safest surgery practices.

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How Facial Liposuction is Performed

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Facial Liposuction involves the use of a small instrument (called a cannula) and a suction machine that removes unwanted fat. The cannula is inserted through a tiny puncture under the chin. The patient is under IV Sedation during the procedure. Neck liposuction is capable of creating a more attractive profile through facial contouring. In general, liposuction is the most effective and rapid way to address unwanted fat deposits with immediate results.

Neck liposuction is capable of creating a more attractive profile through facial contouring. There are newer, innovative treatments for this area of the face and neck. Kybella is a product that is injected under the skin to destroy fat cells. This treatment is effective for some patients, and requires several treatments. Generally, liposculpting is the most effective way to address unwanted fat deposits, as Kybella cannot reach fat deposits under the facial muscle structure.

Before & After

Facial Contouring with Liposuction

Are you a candidate for facial liposuction?

There are several criteria that will be evaluated to determine if this is the procedure that will get you the results you want. These include:

  • The patient must be in good overall state of health
  • The fat deposits are noticeable, and create an unbalanced or unattractive appearance
  • The skin on the chin/neck has retained its elasticity
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A Minimally Invasive Procedure

Facial liposuction (lipsculpture) is a minimally invasive procedure, that targets fat removal on the face and neck. The process is helpful in resolving some of the following facial problems:

  • Double Chin
  • Jowly Face
  • Fatty Deposits On Neck


Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to improve the appearance of moderate fat beneath the chin by physically destroying fat cells. The fat that is destroyed by Kybella, is the same fat that can be removed by our Ventura facial liposuction procedure. They both remove fat that is located above the platysma muscle of the neck. There are differences between these 2 techniques. Liposuction requires IV sedation, and the results are immediate with little to no discomfort. 

Some patients may experience numbness in the area for a few weeks. With Kybella, only topical anesthesia is required and is similar to Botox injections. There is more post-operative discomfort and swelling with Kybella, and the results may not be noticeable for 4-5 weeks. In some cases, further injections of Kybella may be necessary (a second treatment). Dr. Morrissette offers both these treatments in his Ventura County office and he will discuss the benefits and treatment options during your consultation.

Dr. Morrissette: Experience Makes the Difference

As with any surgical procedure, the skills of your cosmetic surgeon are a critical aspect in the final result. Dr. Morrissette is exceptionally knowledgeable in all factors of facial structure, and is known for his work as a facial trauma surgeon.

With over two decades performing complex procedures on the face, he has gained an uncommon level of skill and artistry in facial cosmetic surgery, and focuses his practice in Ventura strictly upon facial surgeries. Dr. Morrissette is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, and has a great deal of understanding of facial structure and what techniques will be most effective for an individual patient. Facial liposuction must be performed with the utmost care, targeting only the areas that should be addressed.

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Liposuction and Weight Loss

Facial Liposuction is not an alternative for weight loss, and may not be the procedure Dr. Morrissette advices for overweight patients. It can be very effective for younger patients who are unhappy with localized fatty deposits on the face and neck. The process may be one of several performed. Some patients will benefit from a facelift after facial liposuction, either to resolve excess skin once the fat deposits are removed, or to achieve a more distinct profile through chin or cheek implants.

Create a More Attractive Profile

If you are unhappy with your profile, and are living with a sloping chin, double chin, or facial fatty deposits, we invite you to contact us and set an appointment for a consultation.

Your individual situation will be carefully evaluated to determine if facial liposculpting will help you achieve your personal goal for improving the appearance of your jowls and upper neck area.

Submental Liposuction

Submental or neck liposuction can produce very dramatic results in the contours of the neck and jaw. A more accurate term may be "liposculpture" because this minimally invasive procedure is an artistic recontouring of the fat instead of just fat removal. The effective areas for facial liposuction are the areas under the chin and jowls.

There are other options for fat removal in this particular area of the face/neck. For submental fat removal we use Kybella. It is injected into the area underneath the chin to destroy fat cell, however, it requires multiple treatments and is unable to reach the fat that lies below a person's muscle. This is why 90% of patients will benefit from our Liposculpture technique rather than Kybella.

Submental liposuction is a very simple procedure that is performed through a tiny opening below the chin. Fat is removed and the neck is contoured using fine canulas specifically designed for the face and neck. Once the procedure is complete, one-two sutures are used to close the tiny incision. The results are often dramatic and immediate. In our office, Dr. Morrissette performs this procedure under intravenous sedation. After the procedure, a dressing is placed along the chin for the first 24 hours and patients then will wear this dressing for the next seven nights. Patients report minimal to no discomfort following the procedure. Submental liposuction can be performed simultaneously with other cosmetic procedures in our office.


If you are considering a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of your face and restore a more youthful look, facial liposuction may solve your problem, or be one of a few procedures to achieve what you envision. Only a personal evaluation of your current health, resiliency of your skin, and exactly what needs to be done will answer that question – which we are happy to do in person in a free initial consultation. Look over answers to common questions we are asked about facial liposuction:

Will the results of facial liposuction be permanent?

When specific fat cells are removed in facial liposuction, those cells are gone forever. The fact remains that weight gain can create new fat cells, so although the results are permanent, if you later gain a significant amount of weight, the benefits can be lost.

Does facial liposuction leave scars?

The areas treated are carefully chosen so that any potential scarring is inconspicuously hidden in the natural folds of your face. The advanced process used by Dr. Morrissette uses very small cannulas, the instrument used in the process. The small size makes the possibility of any visible scarring far less.

How long will I need to wait to return to work?

It is best to plan for an entire week off work, and to spend that week resting and recuperating, without engaging in any stressful physical activities. If you have had other cosmetic procedures, such as a face lift or neck lift, you will need a longer period of recovery time.

How do I know if my liposuction surgeon is qualified to perform the procedure correctly?

It is important that any such treatment is performed by highly-skilled medical professional. Dr. Michael Morrissette is Board Certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as Cosmetic Surgery, and brings a breadth of understanding of facial structure, musculature, and nerves to every facial procedure. He is a leader in his field, and travels nationally and across the globe to present information on various facial cosmetic surgery topics. You can trust him to perform facial liposuction carefully and correctly. His office is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. Dr. Morrissette provides a customized treatment plan for each of his patients and his artistry and attention to detail can make the difference of the final result achieved.

What can I realistically expect in the results of facial lipo?

If you have unsightly fat deposits on your chin or face, the removal of excess fat can make a significant difference in your appearance. If you skin has lost some of its elastic qualities, it may be necessary to undertake another procedure to remove the excess skin. Every person is unique in the areas that need treatment (face, neck, chin, cheeks), and only a personal evaluation of the condition of your skin, and the areas that should be treated can fully answer that question. We offer all of our patients the opportunity to view before and after photos of patients with a similar facial structure so you have a good concept of the final outcome.

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A Fresher, Younger Profile with Facial Liposuction

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a double chin, puffy cheeks, or another facial flaw? We invite you to come and speak with us in a free initial consultation. We use the most advanced, least-invasive procedures, and are open, honest, and professional in our assessments. Call today and schedule a free consultation at our Ventura County office, located in Oxnard.

Your first step...

Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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