Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal Fat removal is a procedure commonly requested by patients with round faces and full lower cheeks. It is a permanent and scarless surgery that can reduce excess cheek volume. Buccal fat removal can provide a slimmer and more sculpted facial appearance by subtly sharpening the contour of your cheek into your jawline.
Excess buccal fat is typically a genetic trait that is resistant to weight changes. Good candidates for the procedure are generally those who notice their excess facial fat cannot be remedied through diet or exercise. Since natural fat loss occurs in our face as we age, Dr. Foulad prefers to be as conservative as possible with this procedure. He is careful to only remove the necessary amount of fat in order to achieve the best possible result for you in the long term.
Your Buccal Fat Removal Procedure
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, hidden incisions on the inside of your mouth. Through these incisions, Dr. Foulad is able to access the fat pads. Dr. Foulad is now able to remove the appropriate amount of fat in order to re-contour the appearance of your cheeks. He closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures and any resulting scars are fully concealed on the inside of your mouth.
Generally, the recovery process is quick and fairly painless. Following the procedure, most patients tend to experience only a small amount of swelling and bruising. Quite similar to that of an oral surgery. Post-operative swelling can take two to four weeks to entirely disappear. However, most patients are able to return to work or social activities after about one week. The final results, while permanent, are generally not entirely visible for approximately three 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 can deliver many facial sculpting benefits, but the procedure is not right for everyone. 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.