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Are you considering buccal fat removal? This type of plastic surgery involves surgically removing the buccal fat pads in your cheeks in order to thin them out and better define facial angles. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about buccal fat removal, including what the procedure entails, who is a good candidate, and what the recovery process looks like.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is a type of plastic surgery that involves surgically removing the buccal fat pads in your cheeks in order to thin them out and better define facial angles. Buccal fat removal can be done alone or in conjunction with other forms of plastic surgery, such as a facelift, rhinoplasty, chin implants, lip augmentation, or Botox injections.

You might be a good candidate for buccal fat removal if you are physically healthy and at a healthy weight with realistic expectations who does not smoke and either has larger than average buccal fat pads or pseudoherniation (a small rounded mass of fat due to weak muscles).

How is Buccal Fat Removal Performed?

The procedure usually takes place in a hospital or doctor’s office and requires local anesthesia (although you will be awake during the procedure) unless multiple surgeries are being performed simultaneously, in which case general anesthesia may be used instead. After making an incision inside your cheek, your surgeon will remove the desired amount of fats before closing up the wound with dissolvable stitches.

What is the Recovery Like After Buccal Fat Removal?

You should expect some swelling and bruising after the surgery which will eventually go away as you heal over the course of 3 weeks time. Results can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months to show their full effect.

What is The Cost of Buccal Fat removal?

The cost of buccal fat removal varies depending on the surgeon and the geographic location. In NYC, buccal fat removal typically costs between $6-10k. Buccal fat removal is considered a relatively safe procedure with minimal risks and complications.

However, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon before deciding if buccal fat removal is right for you.

If you are considering buccal fat removal, take the time to research different surgeons and find one that is experienced and qualified in performing this procedure. Be sure to ask any questions or address any concerns.

What are The Risks of Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is a relatively safe procedure, but there are some risks involved. These risks include bleeding, infection, and pain. Bleeding is the most common complication, and usually occurs during or immediately after the procedure. Infection is another possible complication, and can occur if the incisions are not properly cared for. Pain is also a potential side effect, and can range from mild to severe. The vast majority of patients who undergo buccal fat removal experience no complications, and are very happy with the results.

If you are considering buccal fat removal, now you know all there is to know about this type of plastic surgery. Be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if this procedure is right for you.

Meet Moustafa Mourad, MD, FACS

Moustafa Mourad, MD, FACS is board-certified in head and neck surgery and highly-trained in cosmetic plastic surgery and facial reconstruction. Dr. Mourad is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He treats many conditions, both cosmetic and complex, that affect the head, neck... Learn More »

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