Buccal Fat Removal


Typically, cosmetic surgery is chosen to help the patient looks younger. However, some people feel that their full, rounded cheeks make them look too childish or plump. Buccal fat removal is a procedure that Dr. Gilpin offers to his Nashville area patients to sculpt their faces, giving them a well-defined and more distinguished appearance.


Buccal fat removal involves removing excess fat from the cheeks to create a thinner, more contoured face shape. The buccal fat pads are found in the middle of each cheek. For some people, a large buccal fat pad gives them a round face shape sometimes referred to as “chipmunk cheeks” that they aren’t happy with. Buccal fat removal gets rid of this excess tissue through an incision in the inside of the mouth, allowing for cheek reduction surgery without any visible scarring on the outside of the face.

Buccal fat removal is sometimes included as part of a facelift, but can also be performed as a standalone procedure if the patient is not concerned with sagging or loose skin throughout their face.


  • Thinner cheeks
  • More defined, mature look
  • Flattering facial definition

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Before choosing buccal fat removal, patients should be generally healthy and nonsmokers. The best candidates are those who are bothered by the appearance of chubby cheeks that persist regardless of their overall weight. It’s important that the candidates be at a stable, healthy weight before choosing buccal fat removal. To see if you may be a good candidate for this surgery, review before and after photos to find out if the procedure suits your expectations and goals.

A qualified facial surgeon like Dr. Gilpin will only recommend buccal fat removal if it’s the best way to achieve your goals. In other cases, there may be non-surgical fat reduction treatments or even lifestyle changes that can help you achieve the facial contour you want.


  • Chubby cheeks or a “baby face”
  • Genetic facial fat
  • Undefined or wide cheeks


  • Thinner cheeks
  • More defined, mature look
  • Flattering facial definition



Investing in your confidence is a big step, and your choice of facial plastic surgeon should reflect it. We offer a premier, luxury environment where you can focus on yourself.

With the help of our professional and knowledgeable team, you can begin your journey toward a more confident you. We’ll take every step to ensure you feel comfortable, pampered, and acknowledged. Begin your refined and cultivated experience here at Gilpin Facial Plastics & Aesthetics.


While recovering from buccal fat removal, you can expect some swelling and redness. Healing takes several weeks, during which the swelling gradually decreases.

Because the incisions are made inside the mouth, there are certain considerations you should take while healing. First, most patients need to follow a liquid diet for the first several days after their surgery. They should also take care not to touch the sutures on the inside of the mouth with their tongues. Finally, Dr. Gilpin may ask you to use mouth rinses to ensure proper healing.


I cannot recommend Dr Gilpin highly enough. He is so extremely knowledgeable and considerate in making the patient comfortable with all decisions and during the procedure. The nurses go above and beyond to make one feel at ease all along the way. The staff is wonderful! The office is beautiful. My results are amazing! Most of all Dr Gilpin is a true kind and professional surgeon!

The team at GFP makes sure I feel secure and confident in my skincare choices and leave me feeling more youthful after every appointment. I wouldn’t trust anyone but Dr. Gilpin, Meredith, and their team to answer my questions and take care of my aesthetics needs.

Every experience with Gilpin Facial Plastics + Aesthetics is better than the last. From the gorgeous location and caring team of skin care professionals, to the meticulous procedures, I always feel so well taken care of.


To learn more about buccal fat removal surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Gilpin. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have in his Nashville office about a specific plastic surgery procedure or concerns you may have about your facial features.

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