What is Buccal Fat Removal? A Plastic Surgeon Explains

Buccal fat removal London, also known as buccal lipectomy or cheek fat removal, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that has gained popularity over the last decade. But what is buccal fat removal exactly? Most importantly, can it help you look better? Let’s delve into the details and understand what this treatment entails in the UK.

Why Would Someone Want to Undergo Buccal Fat Removal?

An individual may seek buccal fat removal to achieve a more sculpted and contoured face appearance. This procedure specifically targets buccal fat pads, which are located in the cheeks. Hence the treatment is also commonly referred to as cheek reduction surgery.

Why remove buccal fat pads? For some patients, excess fat and chubby cheekbones can create unflattering facial fullness, even in those who are otherwise slim. By reducing the size and volume of buccal fat pads, it’s possible to achieve a slimmer, more defined facial shape and contour.

What’s Involved in Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference and the surgeon’s recommendation. It’s a relatively quick surgery which normally takes about an hour.

During the procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions inside the mouth, near the back of the cheeks. Excess cheek fat is then carefully accessed and removed through these incisions. The amount of fat excised depends on the patient’s facial anatomy and desired outcome, both of which are discussed in detail during the initial consultation.

In most cases, buccal fat pad reduction is performed surgically, with a scalpel. There are certain instances, however, when your plastic surgery expert may recommend liposuction. If you have a small face, for example, this type of minor facial fullness is more amenable to buccal fat reduction with liposuction, which has an additional benefits of having less downtime.

After the fat is removed, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. These are removed after 5-7 days. Recovery time for buccal fat reduction varies from patient to patient but generally involves some minor discomfort and swelling for up to two weeks

Patients are advised to follow the post-operative instructions provided by their surgeon to ensure proper healing and optimal results. Everything you need to know about post-care will be covered in your cheek fat removal consultation prior to surgery.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Ideal candidates for buccal fat pad removal are individuals who are bothered by the appearance of chubby cheeks or a lack of facial definition due to prominent buccal fat pads or genetically chubby cheekbones.

They should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure. It’s important for patients to communicate their goals and concerns with their plastic surgeon during the initial consultation to determine if buccal fat removal is the right option for them.

Who Should Not Have Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?

While buccal fat removal can be a very effective procedure for many individuals, it may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a narrow face, thin or hollow cheeks, you may not be good candidate for buccal fat removal. Furthermore, buccal fat removal surgery is not a substitute for weight loss.

Additionally, if you smoke or have certain medical conditions, you may not be an ideal candidate for this type of cosmetic procedure due to potential complications that may occur during your recovery process.

Ultimately, the decision to undergo buccal fat removal should be made in consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your unique anatomy and goals. By carefully considering the benefits and limitations of the procedure, you can make an informed decision about your aesthetic goals.

The Harley Clinic on Harley Street offers a highly personalised approach to cosmetic surgery. We invite you to book a consultation today to learn more about buccal fat removal, as well as our other procedures in London, UK.  

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