What is Buccal Fat Removal?

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As children, chubby cheeks are embraced, knowing that they will reduce in size and reveal a more contoured facial structure as we age.

For some, this may not be the case, as genetics or weight gain cause those chubby cheeks to stick around. Buccal fat removal, otherwise known as a buccal lipectomy or cheek reduction surgery, is a permanent way to combat chubby cheeks and swap them for a more refined cheekbone structure.

What is buccal fat removal, and who is it suitable for?

In our cheeks, between the muscles used for chewing and facial movement are deposits of buccal fat.

Buccal fat removal is a delicate but relatively straightforward outpatient procedure. During the surgery, your doctor will make small incisions inside the mouth along the upper gum to remove the excess buccal fat in your cheeks. 

This surgery is an excellent option for:

  • Young patients between 20 and 50 years of age
  • Those seeking more defined cheekbones and a sculpted profile
  • Those with an overly flat or moon-shaped face
  • Patients in good overall health</li style=”font-weight:300;”>
  • Individuals that have maintained a stable and healthy weight

Buccal fat removal can be completed on its own or in conjunction with other surgeries such as a facelift, rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, and chin implants. It is a fast, effective surgery with long-lasting results, with many patients returning to normal activities in 3-4 days. Most individuals will see results immediately (once the swelling has subsided), with the face fully healed within four months.

Define your face with the help of an expert

Every face is unique, which means every facial surgery should be personalized to the individual. With this in mind, if you’re looking to invest in surgery, it is crucial that you find a doctor that you trust.

With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Sedgh is one of Los Angeles’s premier facial surgeons. If you have more questions about what buccal fat removal is and would like to see if you are a candidate, reach out and book a consultation with Dr. Sedgh today. 


When under the care of Dr. Sedgh, you will feel comfortable, cared for, and you will understand every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. His approach to facial enhancement is to achieve a refreshed, natural look – with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.