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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Does Buccal Fat Removal Age You?

Posted November 10, 2021 in Buccal Fat Pad Removal

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Many patients with chubby or fat cheeks are hesitant to undergo buccal fat pad removal because of a misconception that the surgery will make them look older. However, the truth is buccal fat removal can improve your appearance, not age it.

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Why Is Buccal Fat Removal an Attractive Option?

Buccal fat pad removal is an excellent procedure for those with rounder, more cherubic faces who want a more chiseled appearance. This surgery is simple, quick, and easy, and since all incisions are made inside the mouth, it leaves no visible scars. 

Notably, your plastic surgeon makes a small incision inside the mouth to detach excess cheek fat and remove it. Recovery usually only takes a day, meaning you can resume normal activities 24 hours after the procedure. 

Some of the notable benefits of buccal fat removal include:

  • Reduction of excess, chubby, or fat cheeks
  • Slimmer and more sculpted cheeks and a balanced facial appearance
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Quick and easy surgery with minimal downtime
  • No visible incisions or facial scars

Who Is the Perfect Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?

You are an ideal candidate for buccal fat removal if:

  • You are bothered by the appearance of your chubby cheeks
  • You are physically healthy with a stable weight
  • You are a nonsmoker
  • You have realistic expectations about the procedure

Notably, if you naturally have a thin, narrow face, it may not be a good idea to have a buccal fat removal. Taking the buccal fat pads out ultimately makes your face look haggard as you get older.

Can Buccal Fat Removal Cause a Sunken Face?

Depending on the patient’s facial structure, buccal fat removal can cause a sunken appearance, especially if they don’t have good bone structure. With such people, the problem is not buccal fat removal surgery but a lack of robust cheekbone prominence that sets the foundation for a good cheek projection after the surgery.

How to Prevent a Sunken Face After a Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Notably, chubby buccal fat removal surgery is often accompanied by a comprehensive analysis of the cheekbone structure. If it is determined your cheekbone is not ideal for the procedure, physicians can enhance the cheekbones with dermal fillers, such as JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, to create a defined yet voluminous facial structure. 

If a plastic surgeon determines a buccal fat removal surgery would not give a patient the chiseled model-like facial appearance they are looking for due to their poor cheekbone projection, they may suggest an alternate treatment plan.

Interested in Buccal Fat Pad Removal in Weston, FL?

If you have further questions or need to get started with a buccal fat removal procedure, contact Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center today by calling 954-659-7760 or 877-250-8117. You can also fill out our online contact form.

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