Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure to reduce cheek fat and create a more defined facial contour. The buccal fat pad is a deep fat pad within the cheeks, and the size of this pad can be reduced with custom surgery. This procedure slims rounded, chubby cheeks to create a more appealing facial structure.
What is buccal fat removal?
Chubby cheeks are the result of a larger buccal fat pad. This surgical procedure removes the fat pad with small incisions placed within the mouth. The buccal fat pad may vary in size from cheek to cheek and with each individual. This procedure slims and re-contours your face, creating a more structured, slimmer facial appearance.
What are the benefits of buccal fat removal?
If you have a round face, or “chipmunk cheeks,” this surgery offers significant enhancement. Because the incisions are within the mouth, it leaves no visible scars. The surgery requires about one hour to complete. The benefits of the surgery are both aesthetic and personal, including:
- A more sculpted, defined cheek profile
- A more attractive facial profile
- An enhanced facial appearance
- Restored confidence
Am I a candidate for buccal fat removal?
Candidates for buccal fat removal include those who:
- Have a rounder, chubby facial structure
- Are at a healthy weight
- Are in good general health
- Are non-smokers
During your consultation, Dr. Stark will evaluate your facial structure, answer all your questions, and help you understand what to expect from surgery, recovery, and the final results.
Preparing for buccal fat pad removal surgery
Because buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure, standard lab testing and medical evaluation will be performed before the surgery. Other preparations include stopping the use of:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Certain herbal supplements that thin the blood
The operation is performed under general anesthesia and you will not experience any discomfort.
What is the recovery after buccal fat removal?
Following buccal fat removal, there may be some bruising and swelling, both of which should decrease rapidly. Most patients can resume normal activities after a few days of rest. During the first several days following surgery, you will be on a soft diet to allow the incisions to heal.