310-657-2203 Menu

Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat pad removal, also known as cheek fat removal or buccal lipectomy, is a surgery that removes excessive fat pads from the cheeks to create a more contoured facial appearance. It is generally used to reduce chubby cheeks (“chipmunk cheeks”) that can be due to genetics or weight gain.

What Is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal Fat Pad Anatomy - Dr AzizzadehFurthermore, Dr. Azizzadeh most commonly performs what he calls “buccal space modification” in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures to help reshape the face to it’s more youthful contours. When evaluating a patient’s face, Dr. Azizzadeh’s philosophy is that the goal of facial rejuvenation surgery should be to create soft transitions between the different subunits of the face (upper face, mid-face, lower face). This approach often involves refining the appearance of the buccal fat pads if they are excessively convex so that this soft transition can be achieved.

Cheek reduction surgery helps an individual improve not only the appearance of the cheeks, but brings harmony to the overall facial shape. For patients with overly full, round or chubby cheeks, removing the buccal fat pads results in a more sculpted and symmetrical facial appearance.

The procedure is performed from inside of the mouth and does not result in visible scars on the face. Dr. Azizzadeh will strategically remove the correct amount of the buccal fat pad to enhance the patient’s youthful contours and overall facial shape.

Addressing the buccal fat pad is extremely important in Dr. Azizzadeh’s approach to facial rejuvenation to create the most attractive facial appearance.

Buccal fat pad removal before and after photo

Benefits of Buccal Lipectomy

Cheek reduction surgery offers many benefits, including:

  • More defined cheeks
  • Improved facial contours
  • Rejuvenated facial shape
  • Enhanced facial appearance
  • Increased self-confidence

During a consultation with Dr. Babak Azizzadeh , a globally recognized facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he will evaluate the patient’s face and listen to their plastic surgery goals. Together, Dr. Azizzadeh and the patient will come up with the best surgical plan to help them achieve their desired facial rejuvenation results.

Are You a Candidate for Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

The ideal candidates for buccal lipectomy include individuals:

  • with chubby or puffy cheeks.
  • with a convex cheek appearance.
  • who have received setback mandibuloplasty surgery to reduce the size of the chin or jaw. This procedure helps shorten the jaw, but it can compress the mid-face tissues, causing chubby or puffy cheeks to form.
  • with prominent high cheekbones and sunken cheeks under the cheekbones.
  • who want to rejuvenate the overall appearance of their face.

Before buccal space modification surgery is performed, Dr. Azizzadeh will offer full details about the benefits of buccal fat pad removal surgery, the procedure itself and recovery after treatment. He will also respond to a patient’s concerns and questions to help make an informed treatment decision.

What to Expect During Cheek Fat Removal Surgery

Dr. Azizzadeh performs buccal fat pad removal at an outpatient surgical facility and patients can return home the same day to start the recovery process. The procedure itself takes approximately 30 – 60 minutes to perform, but when combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, the overall surgery time is much longer. Buccal fat pad removal is performed from inside the mouth in the cheek area. Dr. Azizzadeh gently removes the buccal fat pad, resulting in a more sculpted and natural-looking facial appearance without any visible scars.

 

 

What to Expect During Cheek Fat Removal Surgery

Dr. Azizzadeh performs buccal fat pad removal at an outpatient surgical facility and patients can return home the same day to start the recovery process. The procedure itself takes approximately 30 – 60 minutes to perform, but when combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, the overall surgery time is much longer. Buccal fat pad removal is performed from inside the mouth in the cheek area. Dr. Azizzadeh gently removes the buccal fat pad, resulting in a more sculpted and natural-looking facial appearance without any visible scars.

Recovery from Buccal Fat Pad Removal

A buccal lipectomy patient may experience facial swelling following surgery. However, the swelling will dissipate on its own within about two to three weeks. After the swelling stops, the cheeks will start to look thinner and more contoured.

It generally takes about seven to 10 days for the tissues inside the mouth to recover following buccal fat pad removal. As such, a patient may need to maintain a soft or semi-liquid diet in the first few days after surgery.

Dr. Azizzadeh's Approach to Buccal Fat Removal

Dr. Azizzadeh recognizes that no two facial surgery patients are exactly alike, and as a result, takes a personalized approach to cheek fat removal. Prior to cheek reduction surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh will meet with a patient, perform an extensive evaluation and learn about an individual’s treatment goals.

As discussed before, in many cases buccal fat pad removal is performed in conjunction with several other facial rejuvenation procedures in order to improve the overall appearance of the patient’s face in a natural, youthful and appropriate manner. Some of the other procedures Dr. Azizzadeh may also recommend include:

  • Facelift: With a facelift, an individual can rejuvenate the facial appearance.
  • Blepharoplasty: To ensure an overall rejuvenated appearance, blepharoplasty will lift drooping upper eyelids or erase under eye bags.
  • Mid-Facelift: A mid-facelift is designed to address visible signs of aging in the lower eyelids and cheeks.
  • Neck Lift: The neck lift will address the lower portion of the face including the jowls and neck.
  • Chin Augmentation: Commonly referred to as mentoplasty, chin augmentation involves the placement of a small implant in the front of the chin bone to create a more balanced appearance.

To find out more about cheek fat removal, please contact us today at 310-657-2203 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh.

Schedule Your Consultation Today Call 310-657-2203

Contact Us Today!
Join us for a day of beauty on June 16! Find Out More