Buccal fat removal

Do you want to achieve chiselled cheekbones, but feel like you have too much facial fat? You can fix this with buccal fat removal.

What is buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat can be found in the temple, cheeks and the back of the upper jaw.

People often dislike excess buccal fat on the face, as it can make you appear more childlike. Buccal fat can even be immune to weight loss and make you appear out of proportion when you have lost weight in other areas of the body.     

Buccal fat removal aims to slim the cheeks and the face, giving you a more defined, chiselled appearance.

Can I have buccal fat removal?

You will be a suitable candidate for buccal fat removal if you have buccal fat in the face which you are wanting to remove.

You will also need to be:

  • At least 18 years old or older
  • Be physically and mentally healthy
  • Have a BMI that is lower than 30
  • Have reasonable expectations about what the procedure can achieve

There is no upper age limit to the procedure, however, as a result of skin laxity younger patients may experience better results than those who are older. Candidates for this procedure are generally in their 20s to 40s, however, older patients may still be eligible.

What does buccal fat removal involve?

Buccal fat removal can be performed under either a local or general anaesthetic. At Centre for Surgery, the general anaesthetic is known as ClearSleep™. 

Unlike traditional general anaesthetic, ClearSleep™ does not use any breathing machines and tubes. It also allows you to wake up faster and with a heightened sense of wellness.

The buccal fat removal procedure will take about two to three hours to complete.

The procedure involves the surgeon making several small incisions in the gum and the inner cheek. The surgeon will then be able to locate the buccal fat pad. Once this is done, the surgeon will apply pressure to the cheek and cheekbone, causing the buccal fat to protrude out of the incisions. The amount of fat removed will vary from person to person, and will be discussed with the surgeon during a consultation prior to the procedure. Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, dissolvable stitches will then be used to close the incisions.

What can I expect during the recovery period?

It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort in the first few days following the procedure. This can be managed by taking pain medication or applying ice to the cheeks if need be.

As a result of the incisions inside the mouth, you may have to alter the foods you eat, as certain foods may irritate the wound. This will be discussed during your consultation with the surgeon so you fully understand what foods you can and cannot consume during your recovery period.

You will need to ensure you sleep with your head elevated for at least two weeks and avoid sleeping on your side or with your face down. Instead, make sure you sleep on your back. This will help to speed up the recovery and minimise any bruising and swelling that could occur.

Are you interested in buccal fat removal? This is a procedure that Centre for Surgery currently offers. Call us today to find out more information about this procedure or to book a consultation with one of our surgeons.

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