Buccal fat removal, also known as cheek reduction surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help individuals achieve a more defined and contoured facial appearance. As a plastic surgery office, we often receive inquiries about this procedure and wanted to provide more information for those considering it.
What is Buccal Fat Removal?
Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat from the cheeks to create a more sculpted and defined facial appearance. This procedure is typically performed on individuals who have naturally fuller cheeks or round faces that they would like to slim down. Buccal fat removal is typically performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation, and involves making small incisions inside the mouth to access and remove the buccal fat pads located in the cheeks.
Who is a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?
Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal are individuals who have naturally full or round cheeks and desire a more defined facial appearance. It is important for candidates to have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand that the results will not be immediate, as swelling and bruising are common after the surgery. Good candidates for the procedure should also be in good overall health and have no underlying medical conditions that could complicate the surgery.
The Consultation Process
If you are considering buccal fat removal, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who specializes in the procedure. During the consultation, the surgeon will review your medical history, examine your facial structure, and discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations for the procedure. The surgeon will also explain the risks and benefits of the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
The Surgery Process
Once you have decided to proceed with buccal fat removal, you will schedule your surgery date. On the day of the procedure, you will be given local anesthesia or IV sedation to ensure your comfort during the surgery. The surgeon will then make small incisions inside your mouth and remove the desired amount of buccal fat pads. The incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures, and you will be given instructions for post-operative care and follow-up appointments.
Recovery and Post-Operative Care
After the procedure, you can expect to experience some swelling and bruising, which typically subsides within a few days to a week. You will need to follow specific post-operative care instructions to ensure proper healing and avoid any complications. These instructions may include avoiding certain foods and drinks, taking medication for pain and swelling, and keeping the surgical site clean and free from infection.
Buccal fat removal is a safe and effective procedure for individuals who desire a more defined facial appearance. As a plastic surgery office, we prioritize patient safety and satisfaction and always strive to deliver the best possible results. If you are considering buccal fat removal, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery to discuss your options and determine if this procedure is right for you.