Buccal Fat Pad Removal Surgery, also called cheek fat removal or buccal lipectomy, reduces the excess fat pads of the cheeks. It can make the facial appearance much more contoured. Buccal Fat Pad Removal Surgery is generally for those who don’t like the shape of their face and have chubby cheeks due to genetics or being overweight.
The surgery can be performed alone or plus some other procedures, such as:
You are a good candidate for Buccal Fat Pad Removal Surgery if:
• You are physically healthy.
• Your weight will not change any longer (stable weight).
• You have realistic expectations.
• You are a nonsmoker.
• You have chubby or puffy cheeks.
• Your cheek appearance is convex.
• You like to have a more youthful appearance on your face.
Depending on the extent of the surgery, local or general anesthesia will be needed. Your surgeon will recommend what is best for you. After that, an incision is required inside the mouth. This incision is on the inner part of the cheek. The procedure is performed during a facelift. There is no need to have an incision in the mouth. The fat in your cheek will be cut and removed by your surgeon. Then the surgeon will close the incisions of your cheek with sutures. These sutures are typically absorbable (dissolvable stitches), depending on your surgeon’s opinion.
Your doctor will give you a special mouthwash to avoid infection. Your diet contains a liquid diet for some days, and it will transform to soft foods and then the regular diet you have had before the surgery. It is expected that your face will be swollen, and it gets bruising. All of these side effects can disappear after you heal completely.
The recovery period takes almost three weeks, and it is necessary to follow your surgeon’s directions and have some routine appointments with your doctor.
Buccal fat removal surgery is typically known as a safe procedure. Although, like all procedures, there might be some risks such as:
• Side effects of anesthesia
• Fluid accumulation (seroma)
• Injury to a salivary duct
• Poor healing of incisions
• Possibility of revision surgery
• Lengthy Swelling
• Facial nerve damage
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Facial asymmetry
• Poor results
Price & Cost
Price range: $2,000 – $3,500. Our surgeon can give you an exact estimate of the cost after examination & talking with you. The Consult session is free.