Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat pad removal, also known cheek reduction surgery is designed to create a more sculpted facial contour or chiseled look. The cheek bones are highlighted by buccal fat pad removal reducing the cherubic, soft and round, appearance. Excess buccal fat is usually a hereditary condition that will not respond to weight loss.
Is Buccal Fat Removal for You?
The buccal fat occupies a space between the lining of the mouth and its adjacent muscle, the buccinator muscle, and the overlying muscles of facial expression and subcutaneous fat. This is a space with very little blood supply that is safe and easy to access. The purpose of the buccal fat is to occupy this space and create facial fullness. The volume of buccal fat only changes modestly with weight loss or gain and cannot be eliminated by weight loss.
Making the Decision for Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat pad removal is performed through a small incision inside the mouth. This is typically performed under local anesthesia with medications to reduce anxiety and pain. If the patient so desires, it can be for performed under general anesthesia, although this is seldom necessary. The buccal fat is about the size of a golf ball or ping-pong ball. Buccal fat removal can be done in conjunction with other procedures to further enhance the facial contour. The location of buccal fat deep within the face prevents its removal with liposuction.
Understanding the Surgery
Since buccal fat pad removal is minimally invasive it can be performed with a number of other procedures including rhinoplasty, facelift, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation and facial liposuction to reduce the subcutaneous fat of the jaw line and neck.
What to Expect After the Surgery
Recovery from buccal fat pad removal has been consistently uneventful. Because of an incision being made within the mouth the patient is instructed to consume a liquid diet for the first 24 hours after surgery and a soft diet for the first five days. The incision requires no postoperative care and the sutures that are used dissolve on their own eliminating the need for their removal. From five-ten days postoperatively there will be some swelling that causes the appearance to be consistent with the preoperative appearance. After three weeks, the majority of the swelling will have resolved and improvement will be noticeable.