Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to reduce cheek puffiness through the removal of buccal fat pads. People with full, rounded cheeks can benefit from buccal fat removal as it effectively reduces the size of the cheeks to create a more contoured appearance.

Commonly performed as an outpatient procedure, buccal fat removal is accomplished by creating incisions inside the mouth that allow the surgeon to access and extract the buccal fat pad tissues within the cheeks. The result is a visibly slimmer the face, more defined facial contours, and a more attractive profile.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

Patients undergo buccal fat removal to address chubby cheeks caused by weight gain, poor lifestyle choices, or genetics. While “chipmunk cheeks” may not bother people in their younger years, it can be an unflattering look for older people who do not lose them naturally as they age.

This type of cheek reduction surgery is a permanent and highly effective solution for individuals who seek a chiseled look, as it helps significantly reduce facial volume.

Buccal fat removal can improve the appearance of the following:

  1. Undefined cheekbones
  2. Moon-shaped face
  3. Facial puffiness

What Are The Benefits?

Buccal fat removal is a simple but delicate cosmetic procedure that requires surgical precision and skill to attain the desired outcome. Removing too little will not yield noticeable effects, while removing too much will result in an unattractive, permanently hollowed look.

Dr. Jacob Sedgh is a double-board certified surgeon who specializes in a wide range of cosmetic procedures. His personalized approach and attention to detail ensures a successful surgery that yields the desired results while still maintaining facial symmetry and harmony.

Buccal fat removal improves your overall appearance through these results:

  1. Slimmer face
  2. More defined facial features
  3. Beautifully sculpted cheekbones

Dr. Sedgh’s extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery allows him to deliver exquisite results that are specially tailored for each patient. However, for this to be possible, it is essential for him to get to know you and your specific goals.

During your initial consultation, the doctor will take the time to evaluate your face thoroughly and assess various factors relevant to the procedure. He will also ask you to describe your desired result to determine the amount of fat to be removed.

Here’s what you can expect from your consultation:

  1. Setting of realistic expectations
  2. Assessment of your medical history
  3. A complete physical examination
  4. Thorough explanation of the procedure

Dr. Sedgh can also assess international or out-of-town patients through video consultations. For added convenience, his office has a concierge service that can provide comprehensive travel assistance to those who will need to travel to his clinic to undergo the procedure.

Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

The extraction of buccal fat pads is commonly performed under general anesthesia or conscious sedation. It is a particularly delicate procedure that can affect the facial nerves when done incorrectly, so it is important to choose a surgeon with a proven track record in high-precision surgery. With his notable background in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, Dr. Sedgh makes use of his comprehensive knowledge and experience in facial surgery to safely produce the most natural-looking results.

The doctor will begin the procedure by creating incisions along the inside of the cheeks. Another incision will be made through the buccinator muscle to create an opening that will allow your surgeon to access the buccal fat pads. Once this has been accomplished, the doctor will apply manual pressure under the cheekbone to allow the buccal fat pad to protrude through the incision. The buccal fat can then be extracted using forceps or surgical tweezers.

Finally, Dr. Sedgh will carefully cut the appropriate amount of tissue from the fat pad to sculpt the cheek to a pleasing contour before carefully closing the incisions.

Buccal fat extraction typically takes an hour to complete, but may take longer when combined with other facial slimming or rejuvenation procedures. The length of the surgery will also depend on the amount of fat to be removed or the complexity of your case.


Patients normally experience moderate pain and discomfort after undergoing buccal fat extraction, along with mild swelling and bruising in the treated area.

It is important to take the prescribed medications and to strictly follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions to facilitate faster healing and to reduce possible complications that may hinder your recovery. The expected downtime is usually about a day or two, after which you will be able to return to your normal activities.

The length of recovery varies among individuals, but it usually takes around two to three weeks to fully recover. Throughout the next few months up to a year, you will have several post-op meetings with Dr. Sedgh so that he can properly assess and monitor your recovery process. This is to ensure a healthier and more comfortable post-surgery experience that will yield your desired results.

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