WHAT IS BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL?
A buccal fat removal removes the buccal fat pad, a naturally-occurring pad of fat in the cheek hollow area. The size of the buccal fat pad varies with each individual patient, and the buccal fat pad in each cheek may be different sizes.
Buccal fat removal surgery is a highly individualized procedure. It can address concerns for patients who are worried about full or chubby cheeks.
GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a nonsmoker
- You are bothered by the appearance of your chubby cheeks
BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL PROCESS
- ANESTHESIA: Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
2. INCISION: A buccal fat removal surgery requires an incision on the inside of the mouth, on the inner portion of your cheek. Occasionally, the buccal fat pad may be removed during a facelift and not necessitate an incision inside the mouth.
3. CLOSING INCISIONS:Sutures close the incisions inside your mouth. Typically, these sutures are absorbable, but each plastic surgeon performs the surgery differently. Be sure to avoid playing with the sutures with your tongue until cleared by your surgeon.
4. SEE THE RESULT: Your buccal fat removal surgery will result in a slimmer, more contoured cheek, specifically in the cheek hollow area.
The final results of buccal fat removal surgery may be initially obscured by swelling. It may take several weeks for you to see the final results, as your cheeks gradually contour to their new appearance.