What Is Buccal Fat Removal, and Is It for You?

March 15, 2024

If you have a round face due to excess adipose tissue in your buccal fat pads, there’s good news. Buccal fat removal, a procedure we specialize in at Allen Foulad MD, can effectively reduce this roundness. Experience a transformation that sculpts more defined cheekbones and enhances facial contours for both men and women of various ages. Continue reading to learn more.

The Buccal Fat Removal Process: What to Expect

Buccal fat surgery is fairly straightforward and is typically completed in under an hour. Depending on the preferences of your medical provider, you’ll be put under general anesthesia or local anesthesia throughout the surgery. This helps to ensure that it is completely pain-free for you. Your surgeon will make incisions on both cheeks to gain access to the buccal fat pad. They will use forceps to remove excess adipose tissue in this area. Once they reach the desired results, they’ll close up the incision sites with sutures. In some cases, these may be dissolvable sutures.

The Ideal Candidate

When it comes to buccal fat removal surgery, the ideal candidate is one who is at a healthy weight. They are mentally healthy and desire to have more defined cheeklines. Those who are currently overweight or plan on losing a significant amount of weight in the near future are not ideal candidates for this type of cosmetic procedure. Additionally, anyone dealing with a severe chronic condition does not make a good candidate for cosmetic surgery.

Recovering After Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Typical buccal fat removal recovery takes around three weeks. Over this time, your face will endure some swelling and bruising. This is a normal part of the healing process. You can expect to take between five and seven days off of work and away from your normal activities. The mouth will be sore around the incision sites, and there may be numbness for the first several weeks after the surgery.

Many patients will handle the pain from the surgery with over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs applied to the jaw. Once the swelling starts to go down after about a week and a half, you’ll start to be able to see the results of the surgery. It typically takes around two months before a patient is able to see all the results from their buccal fat removal surgery. Most surgeons will take buccal fat removal before and after photos so that you can compare your results.

The Importance of a Professional Consultation

When you’re considering any type of plastic surgery, it’s best to always consult a licensed professional like Dr. Allen Fouland. He can help explain all aspects of the procedure to you and assist you in finding the best solution to meet your desires. Speaking to a licensed professional who can help you establish realistic expectations for any cosmetic surgery you’re considering is essential.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Foulad

If you’re not completely satisfied with the appearance of your face, then buccal fat removal may be an ideal surgery for you. This procedure will help to remove excess fatty tissue around the cheek lines, providing a more prominent V-shape that you can take pride in. With Dr. Fouland’s expertise, you can be assured that you’re in safe hands throughout the process. Consult with a board-certified surgeon today.


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