Buccal Fat Pad Removal/Reduction
What is Buccal Fat Pad Removal/Reduction?
Buccal Fat Pad Removal/Reduction is a cosmetic surgical procedure done to remove or reduce the amount of fat present on the inside of your cheeks.
Why is Buccal Fat Pad Removal/Reduction performed?
If you have excessively chubby cheeks due to a genetic predisposition and you have already tried losing weight without reduction in the size of the buccal fat pad, a Buccal Fat Pad Removal/Reduction might be used to create a more angular-appearing face and enhance the prominence of your cheek bones.
Who is an ideal candidate?
An ideal candidate should be over 18 years of age, a non-smoker, physically fit, and have realistic goals about results of the procedure.
How is the buccal fat removed/reduced?
The procedure can be done as an outpatient surgical procedure. Local anaesthesia will be provided so you will be awake, but not feel any pain during the procedure. A small incision will be made between the cheek and the gums in the region behind your molars. The surgeon will apply external pressure under the cheek bone to manipulate the buccal fat so that it protrudes through the incision. The fat is removed using a surgical forceps or tweezers. After the fad pad removal is adequate, the incision is then surgically closed.
What will the post-procedure period be like?
Following the procedure, you can expect to have some pain and difficulty with chewing that may last up to a week. Your surgeon will give you detailed postoperative instructions following the surgery. Applying ice packs regularly and elevating your head while lying down will help to speed up the recovery. In general, you should be able to return to work in 1 week and the improvement in your facial features should be apparent in about 4 months.
What are the risks associated with the surgery?
Buccal Fat Pad Removal/Reduction is a very safe procedure; however, as with any cosmetic surgery, there is a minimal risk of infection, bleeding, numbness, or delayed healing.