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What is buccal fat removal surgery?

Buccal fat removal surgery is a cosmetic procedure.
The goal of this procedure is to thin the midface, specifically in the area of the cheek hollows.
The buccal fat is a naturally-occurring pad of fat in the lower anterior portion of the cheek.
The size of the buccal fat pad varies with each individual patient, and each cheek can also have varying amounts of fat in the same patient.
Keep in mind that a youthful face is naturally soft and filled out, however some people feel that their face is too full, and may even describe it as chubby.
This procedure is typically not performed in people with thin and narrow faces, because extraction of the buccal fat pad may cause the face to look gaunt with age. It’s important to understand what buccal fat pad removal surgery entails, including possible risks and complications as well as having realistic expectations.

If you’re considering surgery, make sure you spend some time reviewing buccal fat removal surgery photos and learning about what to expect during recovery. Preparation ahead of time helps patients have reasonable expectations and a smoother recovery.

Discuss likely outcomes of buccal fat removal surgery and any risks or potential complications with your plastic surgeon. The success and safety of your procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.