Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Have you heard of facial slimming surgeries? For most, the idea sounds silly as most women head into their injector’s office to achieve more volume in areas of their face. While that is true, many other patients feel insecure about having a round or ‘babyface.’ If you have a round face and are looking for a subtle change to add definition, or if you ever wondered how supermodels and celebrities maintain such defined and chiseled cheekbones, then buccal fat pad removal may be the procedure for you! Let’s look into this surgery in more detail.


Many women use makeup to make their cheekbones appear more defined and prominent, as well as to make their face appear slimmer and tapered. Those with a rounder, more full face typically inherit it genetically, and buccal fat pad removal allows them the opportunity to correct their cheeks to make them appear more defined and contoured. ‘Buccal fat’ refers to the cheek, and the fat pad we are referring to is a small fat pad hidden discreetly behind the salivary duct. This fat pad creates more fullness and roundness in the lower third of the face and removing a portion of it creates a slimmer appearance and a more sculpted look.


The procedure itself takes only 30 minutes and patients can opt for either local or general anesthesia.

The incision is made inside the mouth just below the salivary duct, making it crucial you choose a surgeon who is meticulous in his or her dissection as to not damage the nearby duct. With fine dissection and gentle pressure, board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar can carefully remove the fat pads from either side of the cheeks. Once removed, dissolvable sutures are used to close the incisions.


Patients will notice the results immediately after surgery. The next day the swelling will begin to increase. Although it is not a painful, complicated, or lengthy procedure, swelling in the area can exist and eventually subsides anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months after surgery. Patients are also advised to maintain a proper diet after surgery as not to disturb the stitches, as well as to limit strenuous physical activity for a short time.


After full recovery patients are thrilled with their natural-looking results. Patients feel more confident in their appearance and more comfortable without makeup, as well as feel more positive about being in photos and social media. Buccal fat pad removal allows you to achieve more enhanced cheekbones and subtly improves the contour of your jawline and general aesthetics of your face without the need for drastic surgery. If you’re considering buccal fat pad removal and would prefer more contour to the cheek area then a complimentary cheekbone augmentation may prove the best option for you!


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