Buccal Fat Removal

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.

Buccal Fat Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Can you get fat removed from your cheeks?

Fat can be removed by direct excision or sometimes by liposuction.

What are buccal fat pads?

Buccal fat pads are the fat between the certain muscles of the cheek which can lead to fullness in the lower cheek region.

Can you get your double chin removal?

A double chin can be improved sometimes with skin removal and/or fat removal.

What are cheeks made of?

The cheeks are made of soft tissue which includes the skin, subcutaneous fat, muscles, and deep fat.

How can I lose face fat in a week?

Facial fat can not be significantly improved within a week because even if fat is directly excised, swelling will likely occur which can take several weeks to subside.

What does buccal fat removal do?

Buccal fat pad removal will decrease the volume in the lower cheek region to make the face appear more heart-shaped.

Is facial liposuction permanent?

Facial liposuction is permanent, but gaining weight may cause the face to appear fatter.

What is a buccal flap?

A buccal flap is a unit of tissue that contains an attachment to its blood supply and is rotated into an area to close a hole like in a cleft palate.

Where are the buccal fat pads?

Buccal fat pads are deposits of fat deep in the cheek which can cause fullness in the lower cheek.

What is the buccal area?

The buccal area is usually the area of the lower cheek that may look like chipmunk cheeks.

Where can I get buccal fat removed?

Buccal fat pad removal is a procedure that I perform. It is done through an intra-oral approach.

When was the first nose job?

It was probably done in ancient Egypt about 3000 yrs ago.

Where is the buccal?

The buccal fat pads are located in the deep tissues of the lower cheek and can cause fullness in this region.

Where are fat pads located in the face?

The buccal fat pads are located in the deep tissues of the lower cheek and can cause fullness in this region.

Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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