A structured and contoured face is often associated with beauty. High cheekbones and a defined jawline is a look that both men and women desire. However, individuals that have enlarged or excess cheek fat can appear overweight, even when they are not. This can cause cheeks that look chubby or disproportionate compared to the rest of the body and distract from your natural beauty.
This can be caused by larger facial fat pads. Buccal fat is located inside of the cheeks between the nostril and corner of the mouth. If you are unsatisfied with the appearance of your cheeks, there is a simple solution that may benefit you. With a buccal fat removal surgery, you can achieve the contoured and structured look you desire.
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WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL SURGERY?
If you are someone who feels that your cheeks are too large for your face, you could qualify as a candidate for buccal fat removal surgery. Other qualified candidates may include anyone simply wanting a more defined facial structure.
To determine if a buccal fat removal procedure is right for you or if you are interested in learning more about this effective treatment option for reducing the appearance of facial fat pads, reach out to us here at Salameh Plastic Surgery & MedSpa to schedule your free online consultation!
Buccal Fat Removal Surgery FAQ
You should be able to enjoy most normal activities after your buccal fat removal surgery, though most patients will have about 3 to 4 days of social downtime to let the heaviest swelling subside. The remaining swelling should disappear within about 3 weeks. Your doctor may also advise you to take certain medications and rinse the area with mouthwash to prevent oral infection during the recovery period. Be sure to heed all of your doctor’s recommendations.
Buccal fat removal surgery is a type of cheek reduction procedure. Once the fat has been removed from the cheek, the effect is permanent. For this reason, it’s very important to work with a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Salameh or Dr. Saba who knows precisely how much fat to remove. If the plastic surgeon removes too much fat, the cheeks may take on a sunken or deflated look over time. Dr. Salameh and Dr. Saba both excel in precise cheek contouring so that the results still look fantastic even decades after the buccal fat removal surgery.
In the past, buccal fat removal was a source of controversy because some doctors were removing too much tissue. This caused patients to show premature signs of aging as the face took on a hollow appearance in the years following the cosmetic surgery. However, in recent years, skilled plastic surgeons like Dr. Salameh and Dr. Saba have perfected the art of buccal fat removal by eliminating just enough fat to contour the face while still leaving enough to support the skin. A skilled plastic surgeon should leave at least half of the buccal fat intact, ensuring the optimal aesthetic result in both the short and long term.
The buccal fat removal procedure only takes about 30 minutes and is generally performed under a local anesthetic (general anesthesia may also be available to patients who prefer it). The doctor makes a simple incision inside the mouth and removes tissue from the facial fat pads. The cheek is then sealed with dissolvable stitches, and the patient is free to go as soon as the anesthesia wears off. Some patients return to work as early as the same day (though this generally isn’t recommended).