What is Buccal Fat Removal?
Buccal fat removal is a personized procedure that aims to reduce fat in the cheeks and midface area. This involves removing fat from the cheek pad. The procedure can be performed alone to slim the face but is often used in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures like the facelift, blepharoplasty, or chin augmentation. The procedure involves surgery inside the mouth to ensure completely concealed scarring.
Who is a Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?
Candidates for buccal fat removal are those who are unhappy with round, chubby, or sunken cheeks under the cheekbones. Patients often choose the buccal fat removal procedure if they are already having a different facial procedure and want to enhance their results for optimal facial sculpting. To be a successful candidate, patients should first be at a stable weight and be in general good health. Patients must be prepared for minor surgery with some downtime.
To begin buccal fat removal, anesthesia will be administered to ensure patient comfort. An incision will then be made inside the mouth, in the inner portion of the cheek. Buccal fat removal can also sometimes be performed through a facelift incision. Fat from the cheek pad will then be removed to slim and sculpt the face. Sutures will be used to close the incisions within the mouth. This procedure typically takes under an hour to complete.
Recovery and Results
After buccal fat removal, patients can expect some facial swelling for the first several weeks. Patients will need to be on a soft food diet for the first few days following surgery. Once swelling has diminished, patients will begin to notice thinner, more contoured cheeks.