Buccal Fat Removal

What is Buccal Fat

Excess fat pads located in the lower portion of the cheeks can give off the appearance of being overweight with overly full and rounded cheeks. This is sometimes referred to as 'chip monk cheeks', 'chubby cheeks', or even 'baby face cheeks' and can create a less than pleasing facial profile for some people. Unfortunately, the hereditary condition of excess fat in the lower cheeks, which is called buccal fat pads, cannot be reduced by exercise or diet. For patients that are dealing with this unflattering condition, a buccal fat removal surgery may be the answer.

Buccal fat removal procedures can help to reduce full rounded cheeks and cheekbones can be better defined leaving patients with a slightly more chiseled look.

Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Dr. Atul performs buccal fat removal for most patients under local anesthesia and the procedure itself will take less than one hour. In cases where patients are doing more than one procedure, general anesthesia may be used and will be dependent upon the extent of their surgery and each patients level of comfort.

To begin the procedure, Dr. Atul will place a hidden intraoral incision (inside the mouth) just between the cheek and gums. Dr. Atul understands that as we continue to age, we naturally lose fat from our face so from this incision, he will remove only the necessary amount of excess buccal fat which will allow for a slender and more pleasing contour of the face and cheeks.

Benefits of Buccal Fat Excision Surgery Include:
  • Buccal fat removal surgery is safe and effective
  • It can be performed under local anesthesia
  • The results are permanent
  • Buccal fat removal surgery can enhance the contours of the upper and lower cheeks
  • Dr. Atul's buccal fat removal procedure will not leave any visible incisions
  • This procedure can be performed by itself or in conjunction with other procedures for complete facial rejuvenation

What to Expect from Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

This minimally invasive procedure can procedure amazing results as seen in Dr. Atul's buccal fat removal before and after photos. Dr. Atul will provide each patient with simple post-surgical instructions that will ensure that the surgical results are in line with patient expectations. Pain medication may be prescribed if needed and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled before each patient leaves. It is recommended that patients arrange to have a ride home following the procedure.

Recovery following a buccal fat removal procedure involves little to no downtime. Some patients may experience minor swelling and bruising which will subside on their own over the first few days of recovery. The recovery involves little to no pain or discomfort and most patients can return to work the very next day.

The results of the surgery will be permanent and will be visibly seen immediately following the procedure. The full results of the procedure will be visible once all swelling goes down.

Buccal Fat Removal Candidates

The ideal candidate for buccal fat removal surgery include individuals who have an excess of fat or fullness in their lower cheek region. The procedure will benefit both men and women alike leaving patients with a slightly more chiseled appearance in their cheeks. As with all cosmetic surgeries, patients should realistic expectations and be in overall good health.

The first step in determining if this procedure is right for you, is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Atul. During the consultation, Dr. Atul will listen to your concerns and determine the best surgical or non-surgical solution that will address these concerns and align with each patient's expectations.