Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat pad removal is when a portion of the buccal fat pad is removed to reduce the appearance of prominent cheeks. The buccal fat pad is an area of fat in the posterior region of the cheeks adjacent to the location of the molars in the mouth. A small incision is made on the inside lining of the cheeks and is moved towards the gum. The fibers of the main cheek muscle are exposed and external pressure is applied below the cheekbone so the buccal fat pad protrudes through the incision. Some fat is removed and the rest of the fat pad is positioned back into place before the incisions are closed with sutures.

Ideal candidates for buccal fat pad removal include patients with full cheeks that want a slimmer look to them as well as patients looking for a more chiseled look to the cheeks. In addition, patients that want to lessen their genetic predisposition of chubby cheeks are also good candidates.

The cost of buccal fat pad removal varies according to any fees charged by the doctor or the facility, the part of the country where the procedure is performed and the amount of work performed on the patient. In general, the cost of buccal fat pad removal is anywhere from $2000-$5500.

There will be some immediate results that might not be visible thanks to swelling. The total amount of change seen in the appearance of the patient depends on the amount of fat that is removed. It can take up to three months to see the final results. The results should be permanent unless the patient gains some extra weight which can cause the cheeks to become chubby again.

Surgical Facial Contouring: Buccal Fat Removal, Cheek Augmentation and Neck Liposuction

Surgical Facial Contouring: Buccal Fat Removal, Cheek Augmentation and Neck Liposuction

submitted on   Fri Jun, 28, 2019 by Sagar Patel, MD     
With the rise of selfies, doctors have seen an increase in requests for particular plastic surgery options that provide surgical facial contouring.  When people look at the angles that make selfies look their best, they often visualize high and sharp cheekbones as well as a well contoured...