Buccal fat removal, also known as cheek reduction surgery or buccal lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing the size of the cheeks. It involves the removal of a specific fat pad called the buccal fat pad, which is located in the lower part of the cheeks. This procedure is typically performed for individuals who want a slimmer and more sculpted facial appearance.
The buccal fat removal procedure is typically performed as an outpatient surgery and is relatively straightforward. It usually takes about an hour to complete. Dr. Green will make a small incision inside the mouth. He will then carefully remove the buccal fat pad. The incision is usually closed with dissolvable sutures.
Recovery time varies from person to person, but most individuals can expect some swelling and bruising, which may last for a few days to a couple of weeks. Pain and discomfort are typically mild and can be managed with pain medication. Patients are advised to follow a soft diet for a few days and avoid strenuous activities during the initial recovery period.
Results & Risks
The results of buccal fat removal are not immediately visible due to swelling, but as the swelling subsides over several weeks, you will start to see a more defined and contoured facial appearance. Full results may take a few months to become apparent.
Like any surgical procedure, buccal fat removal carries some risks, including infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, and dissatisfaction with the results.
The removal of the buccal fat pad is permanent, and the results should last as long as your overall body weight remains stable. However, the aging process can affect facial fat distribution over time.
Buccal fat removal is generally recommended for individuals who have excess fat in their cheeks, resulting in a round or chubby facial appearance.
The cost of buccal fat removal varies depending on factors such as the complexity of the procedure.