Should I Get Buccal Fat Removal? Everything You Should Know

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Buccal fat removal is one of the latest and greatest procedures for those looking to tone, sculpt, and contour the shape of their face. This minimally invasive solution to those dreaded “chipmunk cheeks” is quick to complete and should have you back to your daily routine in one to two days. If you’ve asked “Should I get buccal fat removal?” then you’ve found the right page. We’ll discuss everything you need to know about the buccal fat removal process and address frequently asked questions.

Should I get buccal fat removal?

Patients who are a fit candidate for buccal‌ fat removal are ideally patients between the ages of 20 and 50 who are in relatively good health. As with many fat removal procedures, its results are most effective for patients who can maintain a stable and healthy weight. We always suggest our patients try one of our non-surgical methods to achieve facial slimming before considering a procedure. We also encourage our patients to try buccal fat removal in tandem with other weight loss methods for improved results. Patients in good health report faster and easier recovery from surgery.

Buccal Fat Removal vs Liposuction

When comparing buccal fat removal to liposuction, it’s important to note that they can achieve similar results. The key difference between the two is that liposuction uses a vacuum-like device to remove fat pads, while the buccal method uses surgical tools to do so. The healing process varies slightly between the two procedures, as do the potential risks and side-effects. Choosing which method is best for you requires a consultation with your surgeon where they can assess several factors, such as your skin elasticity and health history.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to commonly asked questions about buccal fat removal:

What is buccal fat?

Buccal fat pads are located in the hollows of the cheeks, right below the cheekbones. These fat pads can give people the appearance of a rounder, fuller facial structure, which can be undesirable as we age. Buccal fat can be difficult to reduce using typical weight loss methods such as diet and exercise, as its structure is often genetically determined. Those looking to reduce the appearance of buccal fat will require a procedure most of the time.

How painful is buccal fat removal?

Patients undergoing buccal fat removal can expect to experience moderate levels of discomfort post-procedure. Your surgeon will begin the procedure by injecting a local anesthesia to the area so you won’t experience any pain during the process. Following the after-care instructions provided by your surgeon can reduce discomfort during the healing process.

Can I achieve the same results with fillers?

Dermal fillers can help you achieve the same contoured and sculpted look as buccal procedures, but their effects are temporary. If you have significant fat in your cheeks, the lifting and tightening effects of fillers won’t provide you with the same slimming effect as buccal fat removal. To find out which procedure is best suited for your desired results, contact us to speak with a surgeon today.

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When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.