What is buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat is the fat in the mid to lower cheek that often makes the area look full and sometimes gives the appearance of a chipmunk cheek. The goal is to reduce the fullness in this area.
Who is a good candidate for buccal fat removal?
A good candidate for buccal fat removal is an individual who has fullness in the mid to lower cheek.
How much does buccal fat removal cost?
Buccal fat pad removal can cost about $5000-$7500.
What should I expect during a consultation for buccal fat removal?
During the consultation, you will spend a lot of time with the doctor reviewing your surgical goals. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.
What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about buccal fat removal?
You should ask if he is board certified first, and then discuss options for the buccal fat pad removal and how he performs it.
What are the risks of buccal fat removal?
The risks of buccal fat removal surgery are very low. Most commonly patients will have some swelling and mild tenderness in the area. They may also have some bruising.
How should I prepare for buccal fat removal?
I usually tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly and avoid medications and herbal supplements that might cause bleeding.
What are the steps of a buccal fat removal procedure?
The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes less than an hour and is performed through an intraoral incision. A small incision is made and the fat is teased out and then removed, the incision in the mouth is closed with absorbable sutures.
What should I expect during my buccal fat removal recovery?
The recovery is usually very straightforward. Patients are instructed to avoid eating food that may get caught in the sutures and are told to be careful with toothbrushing. Sutures usually dissolve.
What results should I expect after buccal fat removal?
You should expect a softer look to your lower cheek once the swelling subsides.