Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat pad removal surgery (also known as cheek reduction surgery) thins facial cheeks, particularly in the hollows, providing a slimmer appearance for individuals who feel their cheeks are too full. The reduction procedure gives patients a more defined and contoured facial appearance.

At Huntington Plastic Surgery Institute, our board-certified plastic surgeons and highly skilled team of medical professionals have the experience and knowledge to provide patients with the stunning results they desire.


What Does Buccal Fat Removal Do?

Everyone has buccal fat pads in their cheeks, but their size can vary. People with larger buccal fat pads might have a fuller and rounder face, which some might negatively refer to as having a “baby face” or “chipmunk cheeks.”

Buccal fat removal surgically removes the buccal fat pads through a small incision made on the inside of the cheeks, resulting in more defined facial features and thinner cheeks.

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Patient Information

Am I a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal surgery?
Candidates for buccal fat pad removal surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations about the procedure. The surgery is intended for individuals who are bothered by their full face or chubby cheeks.

Prospective patients should know that this procedure is not intended for people who already have a narrow face, as the procedure could create overly gaunt or sunken cheeks with age. Additionally, buccal fat removal is not recommended for older patients as the face naturally slims with age. Removing fat pads could highlight the signs of aging on the patient’s face prematurely. Moreover, no two patients are alike so your procedure will be completely specific to you which studies indicate may have additional importance with a buccal fat pad procedure.

What is the recovery process like?
Patients may experience some soreness, swelling, and bruising. Immediately following the surgery, patients will need to remain on a liquid diet for several days, after which they can gradually move on to soft foods.

Because the incisions are made on the inside of the mouth, patients will need to take extra steps to keep infections at bay, such as using a special mouthwash prescribed by the surgical team.

A full recovery can be expected after three weeks, although the final results may not take shape until several months after the surgery.

Get Buccal Fat Pad Removal with Huntington Plastic Surgery Institute

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