What Does the Buccal Fat Removal Process Entail?

Buccal fat refers to the fatty tissue in your cheeks and lower face. Buccal fat removal is a fairly simple cosmetic surgery procedure that can help you get rid of excess fat in the cheeks that can give the appearance of a “baby face” or a fuller appearance and improve self-confidence in your facial contour. This procedure is sometimes referred to as cheek reduction or buccal lipectomy surgery.

Who is a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal

As a fairly straightforward surgery, many people who have concerns about the appearance of their cheeks are good candidates for buccal fat removal. Specifically, good candidates for buccal fat pad removal must:

  • Be in good health
  • Are embarrassed by their cheeks
  • Have a fuller or round face
  • Avoid smoking
  • Have realistic expectations after the surgery

Before Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

Before undergoing this procedure, discuss the risks and benefits of this surgery with Dr. Sabbagh or Dr. Baca. Tell them about your goals and your concerns regarding the appearance of your face.

During your initial consultation, your doctor will perform an examination, take your health history, and determine if buccal fat removal or other surgeries or treatments are the best matches given your goals and concerns.

Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

The buccal fat removal procedure is performed under sedation anesthesia. A small incision is made in your cheek, through which your surgeon is able to remove the fat cells. The incision is closed with dissolvable stitches. This procedure takes about 45 minutes, depending on how much fat you have in your cheeks.

After Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

You may feel some pain and swelling from the surgery for a few days after it is done. You can take pain medication such as NSAIDs to help improve your comfort. You should avoid eating or drinking anything that might cause irritation or infection in your mouth for at least two to three weeks after this surgery. Irritating foods include sharp foods (think tortilla chips), hot foods, spicy foods, citrus, mint, onions, and garlic.

Potential Side Effects

As with any surgery, there is always the potential for complications. Buccal fat removal risks include:

  • Infection (localized) in the area where the fat was removed
  • Bleeding
  • Discomfort and pain

Buccal Fat Removal Cost

The price of buccal fat removal varies depending on your doctor, prescription medications needed, and the type of anesthesia. It may range from $3,000 to $5,000.

Buccal Fat Removal in Bingham Farms

If you plan to get buccal fat removal, you should choose a plastic surgery office that prioritizes the safety of their patients and the excellence of the results. Our plastic surgeons are board certified, and prioritize patient safety and comfort. Contact us today to schedule your consultation at Straith Clinic in Bingham Farms, Michigan.