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Buccal Fat Removal – What Is It?
A fuller face gives an overall youthful and healthy appearance, however, excessive fullness may give some people an appearance of what is known as the ‘chipmunk cheek’ or for those who have over-sized jowls and may be making them feel self-conscious.
Buccal fat removal is a cheek reduction surgery ideal for those who desire an overall slimmer facial structure. As the name suggests, the procedure involves removing the buccal fat pad that sits under the cheek bones. The procedure leaves you with an overall thinner and sculpted appearance and should improve your facial proportions.
Buccal fat removal can effectively be performed under local anaesthesia so the patient will be very relaxed and comfortable throughout, and should take about an hour for completion.
The surgeon makes a small (2-4 cm) cut between the inner cheek and the gum near the second molar from the back. The outer cheek is then pressed on to enable an adequate amount of buccal fat to protrude through the incision, which is teased out with surgical tweezers. The incision is then stitched up with dissolvable sutures.
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with buccal fat removal surgery.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The buccal fat removal procedure is performed for cosmetic and functional purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem and relieve pain and discomfort.
- The ideal candidate for the procedure are people in their mid-20s to 40s who wish to get rid of their ‘chipmunk cheek’
- Also for those who wish to achieve a more delicate, chiseled appearance
The consultation begins by having an opportunity to discuss your ideas, concerns and expectations about the buccal fat removal procedure with your surgeon, and ask any relevant questions you may have.
Your facial rejuvenation surgeon will:
- Take a focused history and examine you
- Explain the buccal fat removal procedure
- Take your needs and preferences into account when deciding on the most appropriate treatment option for you
Expect some discomfort for the first few days following your surgery and the patient can take pain medication for relief. There will be bruising and swelling which should fade away over time. You may be restricted to eat hard foods due to the incision inside the mouth and must be discussed with your surgeon. It is also recommended that you sleep on two pillows to keep your head elevated for at least 2 weeks following your surgery.
What is buccal fat?
One or several encapsulated fat masses in the cheek which is located on either side of the cheek and sits under the cheek bones.
How is the procedure performed?
The surgeon makes a small (2-4 cm) cut between the inner cheek and the gum near the second molar from the backfrom where the buccal fat is teased out with surgical tweezers. The incision is then stitched up with soluble sutures.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes approximately an hour for completion.
What are the complications associated with the procedure?
Some swelling and bruising is to be expected for a few days following the surgery and pain medication can be taken. Some have noticed loss of sensation around the area of incision which may be permanent, however very rare. Other potential risks include a gaunt appearance or asymmetry but again is relatively rare.
What is the recovery period like?
Expect some soreness for a few days following your surgery and there will be bruising inside the mouth. You may be restricted to eat certain foods due to the incision being inside of the mouth.
Is the result permanent?
Yes, the results achieved after your surgery is permanent. Having said that effects of ageing may alter the results and it cannot be prevented.
Will I be left with a scar?
No as the incision is not made on the outer cheek.