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Slimming Down Your Baby Face

Most people have pockets of facial fat in the cheeks, known as buccal fat pads, that resist traditional weight loss efforts, such as exercise and dieting. Even if you’re fairly slim and slender, you may have puffy cheeks, giving you a baby face appearance. Disproportionately large buccal fat pads can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. Buccal fat removal can help you achieve more chiseled facial contours.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that removes the buccal fat pads from the cheeks. The buccal fat pads are the two small, round cushions of fat located in the lower part of each cheek. Buccal fat removal involves making a small incision inside the mouth and removing the buccal fat pads through this incision. This procedure removes excess fat pads from your cheeks, thus helping you achieve a more slender and angular face.

Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal:

  • Reduced “baby face” appearance
  • More sculpted, youthful, and angular facial contours
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • No visible scars since the incisions are made inside the mouth
  • Quick recovery with minimal downtime

If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your cheeks, buccal fat removal can give you the desired results. The procedure is relatively quick and easy, with a short recovery time. You can expect to see a noticeable difference in the appearance of your cheeks within a few weeks of the procedure. If you’ve tried exercising and dieting to slim down your face to no avail, it might be time to consider buccal fat removal with Dr. Fathimani.

It Starts With Your Consultation

When you arrive for your buccal fat removal consultation, you will meet with Dr. Fathimani for a thorough consultation. He will ask about your goals for the procedure and assess your overall health. He will examine your face, measure the pockets of fat in your cheeks, and determine if you are a good candidate. Dr. Fathimani will curate a personalized treatment plan, answer any questions, and provide specific instructions on preparing for the procedure.

The Buccal Fat Removal Process

The Buccal fat removal process is a minimally invasive procedure that removes the buccal fat pads from the cheeks. The procedure is done through small incisions inside the mouth so there are no visible scars. Dr. Fathimani numbs the area with local anesthesia, makes a tiny incision inside the cheek, and extracts the excess buccal fat tissues from the incision, sort of like squeezing the yolk out of an egg. Finally, the incisions are closed with stitches.

Buccal Fat Removal: Recovery & Downtime

Recovery from buccal fat removal is usually pretty straightforward. You will have some bruising and swelling around the cheeks, which typically resolves within a few weeks. Most patients can return to normal activities within a few days, although strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a week or two.

There is not much pain after the procedure, but if you experience discomfort, you can take over-the-counter pain medications.

Buccal Fat Removal: Aftercare Guidelines

  • Take a few days off work and social activities.
  • Avoid strenuous workouts and exercise for at least two weeks.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking during the recovery period.
  • Sleep with your head elevated for a few days after the procedure to reduce swelling.
  • Eat soft foods for a few days because hard foods can irritate the incision site.
  • Stay hydrated and drink lots of water.

Buccal Fat Removal: Results & Longevity

Your buccal fat removal results will be evident after a few weeks once the side effects and swelling dissipate completely. The results are typically long-lasting. The removed fat cells cannot regenerate or return, so once they are gone, they are gone for good. There is a small risk that the buccal fat pads can return if a significant amount of weight is gained, but this is typically not an issue for most people.

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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a fellowship-trained facial cosmetic surgeon specializing in cutting-edge cosmetic surgeries. He listens to his patients carefully and curates personalized treatment plans to help them achieve their aesthetic goals. Furthermore, Dr. Fathimani’s medical staff ensures you feel safe and supported through every step of the surgical process. Please schedule a consultation to explore your buccal fat removal options.

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