Remove Excess Cheek Fat for Improved Facial Features

Men and women often appear to be overweight when they have a chubby face. Fat reduction in the face cannot be achieved through exercise. Even if you’re an athlete or you lead an active lifestyle, natural facial fat is impossible to reduce in this way.

Buccal fat is the encapsulated and deep embedded fat in the cheeks. Buccal fat holds high physiological importance and is attributed to functions such as suckling and chewing in infants. It also acts as a cushion to protect the underlying sensitive facial muscles from external force and internal muscle action.

Buccal fat shrinks with age – in layman’s terms, losing baby fat. Aging also leads to a noticeable drooping of the fat that is left behind. In general, the facial contours are restored through a facelift in older patients. Buccal fat removal is performed in younger patients who are dealing with chubby cheeks.

Buccal Fat Removal

The primary goal of buccal fat removal is surgical excision of natural fat in the cheeks. The procedure of buccal fat removal is highly customized to suit the natural contours of a patient.

Not everyone feels that baby fat on the face is cute. There are also cases where cheek-fat pads on either side are unequal, affecting facial symmetry. If you fall into either of these categories, buccal fat surgery may be the right option for you.

Buccal fat removal is not advisable for patients with a narrow face. Suitability for buccal fat removal is not determined exclusively by amount of cheek fat. The success of the procedure is also dependent on your physical health. Immediate improvement in facial contours can be seen in non-smokers.

The Procedure – What to Expect

Buccal fat removal is an invasive surgery that is performed under anesthesia. Anesthesia administered is either local with sedation or general; the best choice for it will be recommended by Dr. Bared.

After the anesthesia takes effect, an incision is made along the cheek to permit access to the underlying fat pad. This incision is made internally along the wall of the mouth, and then the excess fat is carefully removed.

After fat removal, the incisions are sealed by sutures, which are typically absorbable in nature (meaning you will not need to come in to get them removed at a later date). Although it may be tempting to run your tongue over the sutures, doctors strongly advise against it.

Recovery from Buccal Fat Removal

As the incisions are inside the mouth, eating may prove to be more of a challenge for a time. Consume soft and easy-to-digest foods and avoid spicy or highly acidic condiments.

Swelling is expected as a part of recovery. Results from the procedure are noticeable when the swelling subsides. If at any time after the surgery, you feel any unusual symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain, seek medical help immediately.

Ready to Make a Change?

Have you been looking for a solution to your excess baby fat? Dr. Anthony Bared, an experienced and well-regarded double-board-certified facial plastic surgeon, will be happy to discuss buccal fat removal during a consultation. Set up your consultation – contact our office to get started.

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Dr. Anthony Bared

Dr. Anthony Bared, MD, FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and hair restoration. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Bared by calling 800-943-7295.

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