This cosmetic procedure is done to remove or reduce the fat located in the cheeks. It can be due to a genetic predisposition to having chubby cheeks or difficulty in losing fat in that area, this surgery helps give a more angular shape to the face and enhances the bone cheeks.
Take into account that you must be over 18 years old to apply as a candidate for this procedure and be physically fit, ideally a non-smoker. It is also important to keep in mind realistic expectations as to the results of this surgery.
The Buccal Fat Removal is done with local anesthesia, meaning that you will be awake for the duration of the surgery, but won’t feel anything. A small incision is made behind your molars, between your cheek and your gum, the surgeon then adds pressure to your cheek bone to push the fat pad out. Once the fat is removed, the incision is closed with stitches.
Potential risks and complications
Because this is an outpatient procedure, it’s very straightforward and safe. In spite of this, you must be aware that bleeding, infection and numbness may occur. Always consult your doctor.
What to expect post surgery
After the procedure, you may experience some mild pain, especially while chewing. This shouldn’t last more than a week. You should keep your head elevated and use ice-pads regularly. The change in your face will become visible approximately 4 weeks after the procedure, when the swelling has gone completely down and the incisions healed.