What is Buccal Fat Removal?
While chubby cheeks may seem endearing in younger individuals, many adults are bothered by the appearance of excess fat in the mid-face. Buccal fat removal is a cheek reduction procedure that removes excess pads of fat in the face to create a slimmer, more contoured appearance.
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Who can benefit from Buccal Fat Removal?
Men and women who have naturally large cheeks, excess fat in the mid-face, asymmetric cheeks due to medical conditions or trauma, or those who simply wish to get rid of chubby cheeks may be excellent candidates for buccal fat removal.
How is Buccal Fat Removal performed?
Cheek reduction surgery typically takes about an hour to complete and may be performed under local anesthesia. Our expert surgeons will remove a portion of or the entire buccal fat pad through an incision made in your mouth. After healing has occurred, you should be able to enjoy a more angular, contoured face with natural-looking results.
What can I expect after buccal fat removal?
Colorado Facial Plastic Surgery will provide post-operative instructions following buccal fat removal surgery. This important information will include how to care for the treatment area and when you can return to work or other activities. Patients should follow these guidelines closely to ensure proper healing. Swelling and discomfort with chewing are normal after surgery and can take time to improve. Many patients will take a few days off of work but then return quickly to light activity. We suggest avoiding strenuous activity and attending follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing.
Does buccal fat removal surgery hurt?
Buccal fat removal is a soft-tissue surgery which can include discomfort with chewing. This often lasts for 1-2 weeks. A soft diet, compressions, and ice can help speed up recovery.
How long does buccal fat removal surgery take?
The surgery to remove a part of or the entire buccal fat pad in your face is relatively quick, only taking about 1-2 hours on average.
Are you asleep for buccal fat removal surgery?
Not necessarily. Buccal fat removal can be performed in the office under local anesthesia. If needed, a light form of oral sedation can be added for comfort.
How much does buccal fat removal cost?
The cost of buccal fat removal ranges from $2,000-3,000 not including anesthesia fees, facility costs, and supplies.