The cheeks are one of the biggest surface area on the face. It makes you look symmetrical or asymmetrical depending on how much fats are located in the cheeks. Most people are contented with their rosy cheeks, whereas there are some who are still overly conscious over how round and chubby their cheeks are.
How to get rid of fat cheeks?
Buccal fat removal refers to cheek reduction procedure. Buccal fats are the pad of fats that shapes the bottom part of the cheeks. These chubby cheeks or “chipmunk cheeks” are mostly caused by overweight or by genetics predisposition. By removing these fats, the cheeks are reduced.
How is buccal fat removal performed?
In buccal fat removal surgery, these fat pads are removed from the inside of the mouth through an incision between the gums and the cheek. This incision will expose the fascia and fibers of the main cheek muscles.
From there, pressure is applied externally, causing the buccal fat to protrude towards the incision. The surgeon then carefully but firmly pulls out the fats with a surgical tweezer.
Facial liposuction can also be done as a complementary procedure.
Does the procedure involve pain?
During the procedure, local anaesthesia is injected, and it is carried out under sedation, ensuring that patients do not experience or remember any pain during the procedure.
After the surgery however, it is normal that mild discomfort, bruising and swelling is experienced. Be sure to follow all post-procedure instructions for an uneventful healing process.
What are the benefits of buccal fat removal procedure?
With buccal fat removal, slimmer and more contoured cheeks are expected*. This comes along with added definition to the contours of the cheeks, and it boosts the self-esteem and confidence of the patient. This procedure is usually added on together with botulinum toxin injections to the jaw/masseter muscles.
* Disclaimer: results vary according to individual
What to expect for the procedure?
It is advised to consult the plastic surgeon with a thorough question on the suitability of the procedure. Following all pre-procedure instructions strictly is recommended to ensure a complication-free recovery.
It will be slightly uncomfortable to chew and we advise patients to have softer food right after surgery.
Most patients are able to return to work after about a week* into the surgery and the desired outcome of the procedure can be seen about a month* after. There might be other concerns about the area and we would advise you to consult with our surgeon.