Buccal fat removal is an increasingly popular cosmetic surgical procedure designed to help contour the cheek and face. It creates a slimmer, more contoured look and is a relatively simple procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis and has minimal recovery time.

If you’re considering buccal fat removal, it’s important to know what to expect from the procedure, including potential risks and recovery time. Here is everything you need to know about buccal fat removal, including what it is, who it’s for, and what you can expect from the procedure.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal involves the removal of the buccal fat pad. Where is the buccal fat pad? It’s located in the cheek area. The fat pad helps give the face its roundness, but it can also make a person’s face look fuller than desired. The procedure involves making a small incision inside the mouth so the excess fat can be removed. The incision will then be closed with stitches or dissolvable sutures.

The surgeon will then carefully remove the desired amount of fat. They will then sculpt the cheek and jawline for a more defined, contoured appearance.

Who is a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is generally recommended for people with good overall health and realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcome. The procedure is ideal for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their cheeks, particularly if they feel their cheeks are too “chubby” or full.

It’s important to note that buccal fat removal is not recommended for everyone. People with very thin faces or those who are prone to facial sagging may not be good candidates for this procedure as it can lead to a hollowed-out or sunken appearance.

What Can You Expect During the Procedure?

Buccal fat removal is a relatively quick procedure. It can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. Most patients receive local anesthesia, although general anesthesia may sometimes be used.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision inside the mouth. Through this incision, the fat pad is removed. The incision is then closed with sutures.

What to Expect After Buccal Fat Removal?

After the buccal fat removal procedure is complete, patients can expect some discomfort in their cheeks for a few days. Swelling and bruising are normal and should subside within a week or two. Most patients return to their usual activities after a few days of rest, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least a week or two.

Sometimes, it may take several weeks or months to see the final results. During this time, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions and attend all follow-up appointments. Doing so will help ensure you get the best results from your buccal fat removal procedure and you reduce the risk of any complications.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Howland

If you’re considering buccal fat removal or any other cosmetic procedure, working with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon is important. At Howland Plastic Surgery, Dr. Howland has years of experience helping patients achieve their cosmetic goals.

During your consultation, Dr. Howland will take the time to understand your concerns and goals and will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your needs.

To schedule a consultation today, please contact our Draper, UT office at (385) 313-8590 or use our online form.