Buccal Fat Removal
The buccal fat pad is a pocket of fat that is located within the cheek. While everyone has some amount of buccal fat, some people have excess, resulting in a full, cheeky, baby-face appearance. While it is important to leave enough fat in the face to maintain a youthful look, excess buccal fat leads to rounded cheeks that hide your natural cheekbone and jawline. In such people, removal of a portion of the buccal fat can reduce their lower face fullness, giving them a defined, chiseled appearance.
One of the advantages of a buccal fat removal procedure is that there are no external skin incisions. Through a small incision on the inside of the mouth, a strategic amount of fat is removed to ensure a symmetric and balanced appearance. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with medications to help reduce anxiety and pain. It can also be performed under general anesthesia by patient request, although this is rarely necessary. With Dr. Christian Paquet’s extensive surgical skill and training, you will reach your facial enhancement goals while maintaining a natural appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question - What is buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat removal is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to remove excess cheek fat that may be giving you a round, chubby, baby-face appearance. Removal results in a more sculpted appearance to the lower face, highlighting your cheekbones and distinct jawline. Buccal fat removal is an elegant but simple procedure using a small incision on the inside of the cheek, with no external skin incisions.
Question - Who is the best candidate for buccal fat removal?
The best candidate is someone who is in good physical and mental health and has realistic expectations. Buccal fat removal can be performed in patients of any age who have full,round, chubby appearing cheeks due to excess cheek fat.
Question - What should I expect with regards to recovery?
Due to the minimally invasive technique utilizing an incision within the mouth, the recovery is extremely easy. Other than rinsing the mouth after meals for a few days and avoiding hot or spicy foods, patients may resume their regular work and social schedule immediately. There may be some mild swelling of the cheeks for a few days, but this quickly dissipates.
Question - When will I see results?
While you may see some results immediately, the preliminary results are more evident within a week or two once the swelling subsides. It takes several months to see the full results of the procedure.
Question - Are the results permanent?
Yes, the results of buccal fat removal are permanent.
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