At a Glance
Have you had chubby cheeks all your life? Lost weight, but haven’t been able to lose it from your cheeks? Do you dislike cheeks that are perceived as childlike? Fortunately, there is a solution – buccal fat removal.
Buccal fat reduction is the process of removing one or several fat masses within the cheek. This fat sits on either side of the cheek and under the cheekbones. This fat can remain even after a person loses weight, and is often perceived as giving someone a child-like appearance. As such, a buccal fat reduction is often an appealing choice.
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, chiselled appearance
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Prior to the surgery, you will have a consultation with a surgeon. You will be able to discuss your reasons for wanting this procedure, your wants, needs and desired outcomes, as well as your full medical history to establish whether or not you are an appropriate candidate.
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.
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 two 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 cheekbones.
Can I have buccal fat removal?Buccal fat removal is suitable for those generally in their 20s-40s who are wishing to remove fat within the cheek in order to obtain a more chiselled, defined appearance.
You will need to be in good health.
This is only available to those who are 18 years or older.
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 back. This is where the buccal fat is teased out with surgical tweezers. The incision is then stitched up with soluble sutures.
What anaesthetic is used?Buccal fat removal is performed under a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake for the procedure but will be unable to feel any pain in the treatment area.
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 a loss of sensation around the area of the incision, however, this is 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.
You may wish to sleep with multiple pillows in order to keep your head elevated; this will help to minimise any swelling.
Will I be left with a scar?No, as the incision is not made on the outer cheek.