buccal fat removal

Buccal Fat Removal

Chisel your way to a more defined you.

Small pockets of fat known as buccal fat pads are located in the lower part of the cheeks and are a normal anatomical structure. If too prominent, buccal fat pads can make the face look overly round with more fullness in the lower cheek than desired.

Buccal fat removal can help to provide more definition to the cheek area and thin out the region below the apples of the cheek. This procedure can be performed in-office, under local anesthesia, or under light sedation in combination with other procedures.

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buccal fat removal

Frequently Asked Questions

Buccal fat is a pocket of fat that exists deep in your lower cheek close to the corner of your mouth. If there is too much of it, it can create a fullness to the lower face.

The buccal fat pads are accessed from the inside of the cheek through the mouth. So there are no incisions externally. The incision in the mouth rarely requires any stitches. It heals closed on its own in the vast majority of cases.

Yes, this is often combined with lower facial liposuction and a neck lift to narrow and streamline the overall appearance of the lower face. This can all be done at the same time with the same anesthetic.

This is an exceedingly rare development. There are lots of fat pads in the face as well as superficial fat beneath the skin which makes the potential for this to happen exceedingly low.

Typically, patients can tolerate this procedure under local in our clinic procedure rooms without any issue! This decision is made on a case-by-case basis.

The recovery process following buccal fat removal is generally painless and easy. Patients are advised to eat soft foods for a week while the incisions heal, and to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for the first two weeks. While swelling and numbness are common, bruising is usually minimal. Patients can expect to see the full results of the surgery in 4-6 weeks, once the swelling has gone down.

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