Buccal fat removal, also known as cheek reduction, is the surgical removal of the fat deposits from the lower cheek area. The presence of excess buccal fat deposits results in a “chipmunk” or chubby cheek appearance. Buccal fat removal is a minimally invasive procedure that results in a slimmer and more contoured midface. A cheek reduction can be done under local anesthesia and is typically done in under thirty minutes.
A buccal fat removal is done by extracting fat from the cheek through the inside of the mouth. An incision is made between the cheek and gums and the fat is extracted for a more refined and chiseled look. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, there is little to no downtime. The results are instant as well as permanent.
How long will it take until the stitches are removed?
The stitches are typically removed after 1 week of the fat extraction.
Are the results of a buccal fat removal instant?
Although you will see a difference immediately after surgery, the final result of the cheeks will be visible around a week after surgery once the swelling has completely subsided.
Are the results permanent?
Although the results are permanent, it is possible for weight gained or lost in the face to affect the cheeks. It is also important to keep in mind that the cheek area tends to narrow with older age for most people as well.