If you’re self-conscious about a “baby face” even into adulthood, you’re not alone. The fact is, genetics can be the culprit for a rounder, fuller face even when you’re at a healthy weight. Although rounder cheeks can be a sign of youth, there are some options if you’d like a more defined and thinner look to your face. One increasingly-popular option is buccal fat removal, a surgical procedure to sculpt the face, giving a defined and more distinguished appearance. Here’s what to know about it and why more patients are opting for this facial cosmetic procedure.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Also called buccal lipectomy or cheek reduction surgery, buccal fat removal involves removing excess fat from the cheeks to create a thinner, more contoured face shape. These fat pads often cause a round appearance, and by removing them you can achieve better definition in the midface and jawline. The buccal fat pads are most prominent when you’re young, but most people begin to lose their buccal fat pads as they age. In some people, these fat pads can remain.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is an excellent option for people who are self-conscious about a round, full face and are able to undergo surgery. For best results, you should be overall healthy and near your ideal weight. Some people aren’t good candidates for buccal fat removal, including people with narrow faces or who already have signs of aging like jowls or hollowness.

Can I Combine Buccal Fat Removal With Other Facial Procedures?

Buccal fat removal can easily be combined with other facial procedures. Some of the most popular ones include facelift, rhinoplasty, chin augmentation, chin liposuction, fillers, and Botox®. This can come with the benefits of reduced cost and downtime since you’re undergoing a single procedure rather than multiple. Additionally, it can produce a refreshed, defined look that encompasses the whole face rather than just the cheeks.

What Happens During Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal requires incisions inside the mouth, through which the fat pads can be removed. This means there’s no visible scarring on the outside of the face, and the procedure is quick and easy. Afterward, you can return home.

What is Recovery Like?

Full recovery from buccal fat removal can take about two or three weeks. You’ll be given special instructions to follow during this time like using a special mouthwash to prevent infection and sticking to a liquid diet. You’ll also need to stay elevated when you sleep to prevent swelling. It’s common to have some discomfort and swelling, but this can be managed with pain medications. Once fully recovered, you’ll enjoy a more contoured, sculpted look to your face.

Schedule a Consultation

Buccal fat removal is an excellent option if you’re looking for the most effective way to get rid of cheek fat. To learn more and meet with Dr. Gilpin, we invite you to contact our Nashville office by calling or filling out our online form.