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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:

  • Aspirin
  • 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.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

StarkMD is pleased to announce that our office will be open beginning on Monday, May 18th 2020 for all surgical and non-surgical procedures.

The office will open in accordance with CDC guidelines and our staff will practice new safety measures. This includes:

  • Our staff will be wearing masks, we ask that you wear a mask upon arrival.
  • Staff will take your temperature upon arrival.
  • If you're feeling sick, please call and we will gladly reschedule your appointment.
  • We will sanitize and clean the procedure rooms after each patient is seen.

To book your appointment, please call our office at 484-482-8809. We look forward to seeing you soon!

- Your team at StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center