BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL
…. remove ‘chubby cheeks’ &
slim your face permanently!
Buccal Fat Removal, also known as Buccal Lipectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the cheeks via an incision in the mouth and thereby avoids any visible scar on the skin. If you have a rounder ‘baby face’ or ‘chipmunk cheeks’, or if you simply prefer a more ‘chiselled’ appearance, Buccal Fat Removal will give your mid-face better definition, heighten your cheekbones and slim down your face.
The buccal fat pad sits under the muscles of the lower cheek. The size of these pads varies from person to person regardless of body weight. In fact, large buccal fat pads are often hereditary and they cannot be significantly reduced by diet and exercise.
Although liposuction isn’t recommended for buccal fat pad reduction (because it can damage nerves in close proximity), Buccal Fat Removal is sometimes paired with Liposuction to other facial areas to sculpt and better define the entire face.
Buccal Fat Removal is sometimes combined with other enhancing facial treatments such as Dermal Fillers to give cheekbones more prominence, or liposuction to the neck to sculpt the jawline, or liposuction under the chin to remove a ‘double chin’.
Am I a good candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?
Buccal Fat Removal is a worthwhile procedure for patients who feel that their face is overly round or chubby. It creates a slimmer, contoured and more sculpted lower third of face. Optimal candidates are within 10kg of their ideal weight.
Even if you have chubby cheeks or an overly round face shape and are not overweight, you still need to make sure it’s the buccal fat pads causing the roundness and not fat under the skin from weight gain.
Many patients requesting this procedure complain that their round faces make them appear too chubby or ‘baby faced’, so they’re looking for a more mature and contoured appearance. Combining Buccal Fat Removal with a Facelift can really add finesse to Facelift results.
Wide cheeks can also be the result of over-developed jaw muscles. If that were the cause, Muscle Relaxant Injections to slim the Masseter Muscles may be a better option.
At the other end of the spectrum, if you already have a thin face, removal of the Buccal Fat Removal could make you look too gaunt without the ‘fill’ from the naturally-occurring Buccal Fat Pads.
Are there any worthwhile non-surgical alternatives?
Unfortunately, NO. No amount of dieting and exercise will significantly reduce prominent buccal fat pads.
What are the pros and cons of Buccal Fat Removal?
- You’ll have no visible scars from the cheek reduction as the removal is done from the inside of your mouth.
- When done properly, Buccal Fat Removal gives the face a ‘model-esque’ look!
- The final results are permanent, even if you gain weight.
- It’s not a long surgical procedure: cheek fat removal typically takes just over 1 hour.
- Downtime is relatively minimal and most patients return to work after 3 days.
- This cheek-slimming surgery can create a more mature facial contour in adults who still have a ‘baby face’ look.
- Your Buccal Fat Pads naturally shrink over time, so your cheeks could look too hollow as you age. To counteract this, our Surgeon only removes a small pocket of fat in order to avoid hollowing out your cheeks too much.
- If you lose weight after the surgery, your face could look too gaunt.
- As most people have cheeks that are naturally slightly different, this procedure could make any pre-existing asymmetry more obvious.
- You’ll have temporary swelling for a couple of weeks. Some patients liken this to having ‘chipmunk cheeks’ after dental work.
How is it done?
Buccal Fat Removal is performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia.
Your Surgeon will make a small incision about 2 cm long on the inside of each cheek.
The fat is removed and the incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures.
After about one hour in Recovery, you can return home. However, after a General Anaesthetic, you cannot go home alone. You must be escorted by a responsible adult and also have someone with you at home for the first 24 hours.
When you return home, resume taking the antibiotics you started the day before to prevent infection.
When you return home, you’ll need to regularly apply ice compresses to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort. Apply ice packs to your cheeks for 3 days and regularly drink iced water. Due to the incisions being on the inside of your cheeks, you should adhere to a soft-food diet and avoid anything too hot or spicy for at least 24 hours
Swelling is normal and you’ll likely have a fuller face during your recovery than you did before your procedure because the body usually fills the empty space with fluid. This fluid collection is a normal part of the healing process and most of this initial swelling will settle within 2 weeks. However, it can take up to three, or even six months, to see your final results once your skin has settled into the space created by the fat removal.
Is Buccal Fat Removal permanent?
Once those fat pads are gone, they’re gone for good! The results are permanent. Even if you gain weight, your buccal fat pads won’t come back. However, a plumper face due to weight gain can mask the results of your Buccal Fat Removal procedure.
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There are no visible scars with a Buccal Fat Removal. The small incisions are placed on the INSIDE of your cheeks and closed with dissolvable sutures, so no suture removal is required.
Not recommended because of the risk of damage to nerves in close proximity. However, liposuction to other areas of the face can be done at the same time if indicated.
All Buccal Fat Removals are performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia. However, you don’t have stay in hospital. You can go home after one hour but you must not go home alone. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also be with you for the first 24 hours.
Your face will likely be more swollen after the surgery than it was before and this takes around 2 weeks for most of it to settle.
Cold compresses and regular iced drinks will settle the normal post-operative tissue swelling sooner. Smoking and alcohol should be avoided in the first 2 weeks.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.