A face with some fullness looks healthy and youthful. Excessive fullness, however, disrupts the harmony of the features and produces a “chipmunk cheek” effect that makes many people self-conscious.
Most people lose this roundness in their late 20s (something to consider if you should choose to have this surgery before then). Due to heredity, some people may never lose the chubby look in their cheeks. Often candidates for buccal fat pad extraction refer to their face as having “chipmunk cheeks.”
Buccal fat extraction addresses this problem by removing excess fat from the cheeks to produce a more delicate, chiseled appearance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A. Buccal fat extraction (pronounced buckle) is the procedure to remove the fat pads that augment the lower part of the cheeks. This produces a beautiful, subtle thinning of the cheeks — it is not a drastic change. The procedure itself is fairly simple and not overly-invasive. A small incision is made inside the mouth and the lump of fat is gently removed. There is usually some swelling for most patients afterwards — typically 2-4 days, but every patient is different.
A. If you choose to have buccal fat reduction performed before this natural slimming of the face occurs, you may find your face becoming too thin as you begin to age.
It is best to take a careful look at your genetics. Did your parents have overly plump faces when they were young? Did this plumpness persist once they reached their 30s and 40s? If so, you may have inherited their more rounded facial appearance. If not, having buccal fat reduction surgery while you are still young may leave you looking gaunt as you get older. This can be corrected but would require additional surgery.
A. Buccal fat reduction is most often performed as a day case using local anesthesia. After injecting a solution of Lidocaine, epinephrine and saline to numb the area and limit bleeding, Dr. Jane will make a small (2-4 cm long) incision between your cheek and gums near your second molar from the back. He will then press on the outside of your cheek to make the buccal fat protrude through the incision so he can tease it out a little at a time with surgical tweezers. Once an adequate amount has been removed she will close the incision, most often with dissolvable sutures.
A. Major swelling will be subsiding within 1-2 weeks. You start seeing some result 2 weeks after the procedure.