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Do you wish you had thinner cheeks and cheek hollows? Buccal fat pad removal thins the cheeks by removing the naturally occurring fat pad in the cheek. Some individuals feel as if their cheeks have too much volume, making them appear overweight or younger than they are. You can achieve thinner cheeks and desired facial contours with buccal fat pad reduction.

What is Buccal Fat Pad Reduction?

Buccal fat pad removal minimizes unwanted fat from the buccal fat pad in the cheek hollow area. Many believe that a decent amount of volume makes them appear younger, while others believe they have too much volume, making their faces appear chubby. Buccal fat pad removal addresses the inner area of the cheek, minimizing unwanted volume in the cheek hollow area.


Recovery Time

Four to Six Weeks

Type of Anesthesia

Anesthesia or Intravenous Sedation

Buccal Fat Pad Reduction Candidates

To be considered a good candidate for buccal fat pad reduction, you must be physically healthy and at a consistent weight, have ideal expectations, be a non-smoker, and have concerns about the appearance of your cheeks.

Buccal fat pad removal procedures are personalized to each patient’s concerns, needs, and goals. The surgery can address overly full cheeks and the symmetry of the cheeks. This procedure is typically not performed in individuals with already thin faces and cheeks because their faces may appear gaunter as they age.

The Buccal Fat Pad Reduction Procedure

Medications are provided before the procedure begins to help you maintain comfort during the surgery. The surgeon will then make an incision on the inside of the mouth, leaving no visible scars after the procedure. The inner portion of the buccal pad is then removed through the cheek, and sutures are used to close the incisions within the mouth. The sutures are typically absorbable and will not require removal by your doctor.

Buccal fat pad removal can be performed simultaneously with other procedures. During a facelift, the buccal pad can be removed and will not require an incision in the mouth.

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Buccal Fat Pad Reduction Recovery

After your buccal fat pad removal surgery, you may need to maintain a liquid diet while your incisions heal in your inner mouth. Mouth rinses and dental hygiene are essential to reduce your risk of infection. Your doctor will provide you with all the aftercare instructions, including:

  • How to take care of the incision site afterward
  • Medications to take
  • Concerns to be aware of while you are healing
  • When to contact the medical office

Healing from the surgery can take several weeks. Your full results will not be revealed until after all your swelling dissipates. It is crucial that you follow all aftercare instructions and that you attend your follow-up visits after the procedure.

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Buccal fat pad removal is well-known for improving the natural cheek contours and making the face appear more sculpted. Our double board-certified plastic surgeons at 5th Avenue Plastic Surgery, Dr. Tzikas and Dr. Mascaró can help you achieve your ideal appearance. Contact our office today by calling or scheduling an appointment through our online platform.

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