The buccal fat pads refer to the fatty deposits around the cheeks. While chubby cheeks might be cute during our youth, as we get older, they can severely hamper our overall aesthetic appearance. Sometimes known as cheek fat removal surgery or a buccal lipectomy, this surgical procedure is designed to remove these excess fat pads in order to provide patients with a slimmer, more well-contoured facial appearance.
Where Does Cheek Fat Come From?
The fat around your cheek area is important as it gives your face its soft, supple appearance, and helps provide a certain softness to your appearance. However, when this cheek fat is growing excessively it can affect your overall look a great deal, causing you to appear fatter and far less in shape than you actually might be. Generally, there are two main reasons why the buccal fat pads have a tendency to grow out of control – the first being weight gain. When you gain weight, depending upon your body chemistry, much of that fat tends to accumulate around the face area and builds up in the cheeks. The other reason is genetics, as some families simply have a tendency to hold more fat in their faces and cheeks than others.
Are You a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Pad Removal?
It should be understood that this is a surgical procedure and therefore it is important that patients be in good overall health, without any immune system issues, and have the ability to recover from surgery. In addition, patients who refrain from smoking or drinking, at least a few weeks/months, before and after surgery.
The ideal candidates for a buccal lipectomy procedure also include those with:
- Puffy or chubby cheeks.
- Poor face shape and cheek contours.
- High cheekbones & sunken cheeks.
- Prominent cheeks as a result of a previous lift or liposuction procedure, including neck and chin lifts, facelift, and more.
Buccal Fat Removal Procedure
This form of cheek reduction surgery is designed to not only reduce the size of the fatty deposits along the cheeks, but also bring an overall sense of harmony to one’s facial features and shape. This procedure will ensure that the cheeks are in a perfectly symmetrical ratio with the mouth, nose, eyes, neck, and more.
The procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending upon the specific needs of the patient. It is performed from inside the mouth, in order to reduce the appearance of any visible scarring along the face. Once an incision is made, your surgeon will begin to cut away fatty deposits from the buccal fat pads of the cheeks. The cheeks are a vital aspect of any overall facial rejuvenation plan at Goals.
Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal
A buccal fat pad removal procedure offers a number of different benefits, including:
- More well-defined cheeks.
Slimmer and more well-toned face shape overall.
Improved facial contours and streamlined look.
Confidence and self-esteem.
Enhances the look of your surrounding facial features like the nose, lips, and eyes.
While it is a surgical procedure, it is relatively less invasive than other procedures. This means that patients can expect a slightly easier recovery period – generally it should take about 1-3 weeks for most of the swelling to subside, and for your results to be visible. The fat pad tissue itself however, will begin to heal within 7-10 days following surgery, and patients are advised to limit the actions of the mouth – even opting for a semi-liquid diet for the first few days after surgery.
The buccal fat pad removal surgery is a vital step in the overall facial rejuvenation process. In this simple procedure, patients can expect a much thinner, streamlined, more well-contoured face and overall face shape. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Goals Plastic Surgery today.