Contouring makeup is one way to enhance the hollows of your cheeks. However, if you want a more dramatic and long-lasting effect, consider buccal fat removal. Sometimes called cheek reduction, this facial plastic surgery procedure can give you a slimmer and more sculpted look.
Dr. Victor Perez is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of surgical experience. Call 913-685-1108 or complete the form on this page to learn how he can help you achieve your cosmetic goals through buccal fat removal. Renue Aesthetic Surgery serves Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lee's Summit, and nearby areas of Kansas and Missouri.
What Is Buccal Fat Removal and What Is It Used To Achieve?
Buccal fat removal is a minor surgical procedure that permanently removes facial fat. Specifically, it removes the buccal fat pad, which is located in the area beneath your cheekbone. Everyone has these naturally occurring pads of fat. However, their size varies from person to person.
Large buccal fat pads, which are often hereditary and unrelated to weight, can make some people feel that their face is overly round, full, or chubby. The goal of buccal fat removal is to thin the cheeks, therefore creating a more defined and sophisticated facial appearance. Patients often notice that their jawlines look sharper as well.
Am I a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?
Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal are bothered by overly round or chubby cheeks and want a more balanced facial appearance. You may be a candidate for this procedure if:
- You’re in good physical health
- You don’t smoke
- You have a round or full face
- You dislike the wide or puffy look of your cheeks
- You feel like your cheeks give you a childlike appearance
- You have realistic expectations
Buccal fat removal is not right for everyone. It may not be recommended if you have a narrow face because it could lead to a gaunt look as your fat pads shrink with age. If you are older, this procedure may emphasize jowls, sagging skin, and other signs of facial aging. We’ll discuss these and other factors during your consultation to see if cheek reduction surgery is a good fit.
How to Prepare for your Buccal Fat Removal Procedure
Our office will provide detailed pre-operative instructions to help you prepare for surgery. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications, get lab testing, or complete a medical evaluation. It’s also smart to get ready for your recovery, which may mean scheduling some social downtime, buying soft foods, and picking up a few ice packs and cold compresses.
How Long Does a Buccal Fat Removal Procedure Take?
Buccal fat removal is one of the quickest facial plastic surgeries. It can often be performed in around 20 minutes. If you decide to combine buccal fat removal with other surgeries or non-surgical treatments, it will take longer. Dr. Perez can give you a personalized time estimate.
Is Buccal Fat Removal Painful?
You’ll likely be given local anesthesia at the start of your surgery. You’ll be awake, but you won’t feel any pain. Many patients compare it to the feeling of being numbed for dental work. If you’re receiving more than one procedure, you may need general anesthesia. In that case, you won’t be awake for your buccal fat removal, and you’ll need to arrange a ride home.
How Buccal Fat Removal Works
Buccal fat removal typically starts with local or general anesthesia. Dr. Perez will then make small incisions on the insides of your cheeks. Sometimes, the buccal fat pad can be removed during a facelift, without needing these incisions. Next, Dr. Perez will remove what is usually a chestnut-size amount of fat and finish by closing the incisions. You won’t have any visible scarring because the work is done within your mouth. After the procedure, you’ll receive a special mouthwash to prevent infection. You’ll also be given instructions on how to care for your incision.
What Are the Risks Associated With Buccal Fat Removal?
Buccal fat removal is considered safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. However, like all surgical procedures, there’s a risk of side effects. The most common side effects are temporary and include swelling, bruising, and inflammation. More serious complications include excess removal of fat, facial asymmetry, and poor results. That’s why you should choose a skilled and experienced provider to help avoid these issues. Dr. Perez is nationally and internationally trained in the latest, safest techniques.
Schedule a Consultation in Overland Park
Are you ready to take the first step toward sculpted and flattering cheeks? Call 913-685-1108 or complete the form on this page to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Victor Perez. Renue Aesthetic Surgery happily welcomes patients from Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lee's Summit, and nearby areas of Kansas and Missouri.