Candidates for Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat removal is an excellent procedure for facial sculpting, but the procedure is not right for everyone. Ideal candidates include individuals who have unwanted cheek fullness at the region of the buccal fat pad that is present even at healthy body weight. These individuals may notice prominent cheeks in older family members who have a similar facial structure.
Buccal fat reduction is commonly performed in patients ranging in age from 25 years to 65 years. It is not unusual to reduce the buccal fat pad in older individuals, which can be performed during a facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Foulad, will perform a thorough facial examination to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate. He will also discuss the potential results you can expect to achieve and explain the procedure details with you.
How Buccal Fat Removal is Performed
Buccal fat removal is a relatively short procedure. Dr. Foulad commonly performs it under local anesthesia. However, sedation and general anesthesia are options as well. Dr. Foulad reduces the buccal fat pads inside of your cheeks through small incisions on the inside of your mouth. Through these incisions, Dr. Foulad is able to access the fat pads. Dr. Foulad reduces the appropriate amount of fat in order to re-contour the appearance of your cheeks. He closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures, which heals very well inside of your mouth.
How to Prepare for Buccal Fat Removal
In preparation for undergoing the buccal fat removal procedure, we need to ensure that you are healthy and optimized for the procedure. Certain medications and supplements (such as those that increase the risk of bleeding) might have to be stopped a specific time period prior to the procedure. You will be provided more comprehensive pre-operative instructions specific to your individual case.
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What to Expect After Buccal Fat Removal
Generally, the recovery process is quick and fairly painless. Following the procedure, most patients tend to experience only a small amount of swelling. Although bruising is possible, it does not usually occur. The majority of swelling usually takes several weeks to resolve. However, most patients are able to return to work or social activities after about one week without signs of having a procedure performed. The final result is generally not entirely visible for several months as residual swelling continues to disappear. Typical results following buccal fat removal are generally subtle, as though the recipient lost some weight.
Buccal Fat Removal faq
Is all of the buccal fat removed?
Only a portion of the buccal fat is removed during the procedure. As such, I like to refer to the procedure as buccal fat reduction. The buccal fat not only occupies the lower cheek, but also extends to the temple. Although it would not be feasible (or desired) to remove the entire path of the buccal fat, it also is not usually a good idea to remove all the buccal fat located at the lower cheek.