Buccal fat removal is a facial plastic surgery procedure which can produce a slimmer, more sculpted contour to the face. This procedure specifically addresses fullness in the lower cheeks, or what some refer to as “chipmunk cheeks”, “chubby cheeks” or a “baby face”. Fullness in the lower cheeks is a hereditary condition and, as such, it’s often impossible to achieve a slimmer look with diet and exercise.
This is an ideal procedure for individuals bothered by a round, cherubic facial appearance. Buccal fat removal decreases fullness in the lower cheek through removal of the fat pads from between the muscle plains in the cheeks. This highlights the upper cheek for a more sculpted or chiseled facial appearance.
Buccal fat removal is a quick, simple procedure that takes just thirty minutes to complete. Dr. Vitenas performs the procedure under local or general anesthesia at Houston Surgery Center, an outpatient facility conveniently located in the same building as Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery. An intraoral incision is made and the fat is then teased from between the masseter muscle and removed. Because the incision is inside of the mouth, there is no visible scarring.
Recovery following buccal fat removal is typically quick. There is minimal swelling and little to no pain. Patients are typically able to return to their normal routine and work the next day, while exercise and more strenuous activities can be resumed after one week.
Buccal fat removal is a very safe procedure with very satisfying results. As with any surgery, however, there are potential risks and these may include bleeding, infection and scarring. This procedure should only be performed by surgeons who are familiar with the intraoral anatomy and have experience in buccal fat removal and its long-term effects.
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Buccal Fat Removal Frequently Asked Questions
What is buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat removal is a plastic surgery procedure designed to reduce fullness in the lower cheeks by removing the fat pads from between the muscle plains in the cheeks. This creates a slimmer, more sculpted facial appearance and highlights the upper cheeks.
Who is a candidate for buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat removal is generally sought by individuals with excess fullness in the lower face, or what some refer to as “chipmunk cheeks”, “chubby cheeks” or a “baby face”. As with any surgery, patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations.
What should I expect during a consultation for buccal fat removal?
During your consultation for buccal fat removal, Dr. Vitenas will go over you medical history, discuss your goals, and answer any questions that you may have. You will be able to view pre- and post-op photos of patients who have undergone buccal fat removal. In addition, Dr. Vitenas will utilize computer imaging to help you visualize your results. Details of the procedure, including the technique, recovery, expected outcome, risks, costs and financing options will all be discussed.
Where is the buccal fat removal surgery performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the buccal fat removal procedure at Houston Surgery Center, an outpatient facility conveniently located in the same building as Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used for buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat removal is usually performed with local anesthesia but sedation or general anesthesia can be used.
Where are the incisions made for buccal fat removal?
The incisions for buccal fat removal are made inside of the mouth.
Does buccal fat removal leave scars?
No. Because intraoral incisions are used, there is no visible scarring.
What is the recovery like after buccal fat removal?
The recovery after buccal fat removal is relatively quick and easy. Patients typically experience little swelling and almost no pain and most are able to return to work the next day.
When will I be able to return to work after undergoing buccal fat removal?
Work can usually be resumed within one day after the buccal fat removal procedure.