Buccal Fat Pad Reduction

COMMONLY KNOWN AS CHEEK REDUCTION

While volume is generally a desirable feature of a youthful and beautiful face, excessively full cheeks can be bothersome for some. Buccal fat pad reduction (or excision) can be an effective way to sculpt overly full cheek. Buccal fat reduction involves surgically trimming a discrete collection of fat located within the cheek. This procedure results in slimming of the lower cheeks and a more sculpted appearance to the cheekbones–with subtle and natural-appearing outcomes!

BENEFITS OF BUCCAL FAT EXCISION

  • Removal of excess, chubby cheek fat
  • Results in more slim and sculpted cheeks, and a more balanced facial appearance
  • Typically improves self confidence and self esteem
  • Brief surgery, scant to no bruising and brief downtime
  • No facial scars or incisions

CANDIDATES FOR BUCCAL FAT PAD EXCISION

Good candidates for buccal fat pad excision are individuals bothered by excessively full or “chipmunk” cheeks who are motivated to sculpt and slim their facial appearance. Dr. Fishman determines a patient’s candidacy for buccal fat pad reduction surgery during an extensive personal consultation, after a thorough review of the patient’s medical history, physical exam, and a tailored and individualized treatment plan. As a good candidate for buccal fat pad reduction, you should be in good health, show great physical and psychological maturity, and have realistic goals and expectations.

BUCCAL FAT REDUCTION SURGERY: TREATMENT DETAILS

Dr. Fishman starts the procedure by anesthetizing and ensuring your comfort. She then makes a small incision on the inside of the cheek and carefully dissects and removes the unwanted fat to sculpt the cheek, using absorbable stitches to close the incisions. Dr. Fishman performs this outpatient procedure in the office and under local anesthesia, or in the operating room and in combination with other procedures, such as rhinoplasty or blepharoplasty.

AFTER SURGERY

  1. You should expect some swelling, bruising, numbness and discomfort in the cheeks.
  2. Cool compresses and oral pain medication should manage your discomfort.
  3. Cheek swelling resolves over several weeks, as the cheeks heal.
  4. You will need to rest at night with your head elevated for a few weeks.
  5. Follow these dietary guidelines: avoid all uncooked foods (risk of bacteria) and thoroughly wash all raw fruits and vegetables. Consume liquid to soft foods for a few days after surgery.
  6. Use Dr. Fishman’s prescribed anti-bacterial mouthwash throughout the day for several days after surgery.
  7. Avoid touching the incisions inside your mouth with your tongue or anything else.
  8. Avoid strenuous activity until healing is complete.
  9. Sutures usually dissolve on their own within 1-2 weeks.
  10. Be patient with your healing, and know it may take several weeks to have all swelling resolve and see your final treatment result.

Frequently Asked Questions:

ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR BUCCAL FAT REDUCTION SURGERY?

Men and women of all ages may inquire with Dr. Fishman about cheek reduction (buccal fat excision) surgery. There are multiple facial contouring options today, and Dr. Fishman will discuss them with you to assure you make the right decision.

HOW PAINFUL IS BUCCAL FAT REDUCTION?

Most patients complain of moderate soreness rather than significant pain. Oral medication and cool compresses typically manage post-surgery discomfort very well.

HOW MUCH BRUISING IS THERE AFTER BUCCAL FAT REDUCTION?

Since the incision is inside the mouth, bruising is minimal and not typically visible. Swelling of the cheeks may take several weeks to resolve completely, but patients usually resume their daily routines in a few days.

WHY IS THE DIET SO RESTRICTED WITH BUCCAL FAT REDUCTION?

Buccal fat pad reduction is an oral surgery, and it is very important to ensure no bacteria from foods get into the mouth and incision sites. Besides infection prevention, your mouth soreness will dictate what you feel like eating for a few days after surgery.

WILL INSURANCE PAY FOR BUCCAL FAT EXCISION?

No. This is an elective cosmetic procedure and insurance does not cover it. We offer financing to cover the cost of treatment, and will happily provide you with financing information in our business office.