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Buccal fat removal is a facial cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing the fullness of the cheeks by removing a portion of the buccal fat pad. Here are some key points about the procedure:


The buccal fat pads are located in the cheeks and contribute to the overall fullness of the face. Removing a portion of these fat pads can create a slimmer appearance in the lower face and cheek area.


Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal are typically individuals with a rounder and fuller profile who desire a more defined and contoured facial appearance. It’s important for candidates to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.


Buccal fat removal is usually performed either under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Dr. Fathimani is our triple board certified Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon and Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, specializing in this procedure. He will make a small incision inside the mouth, near the back of the cheek, through which a portion of the buccal fat pad is visualized and removed. The amount removed depends on the patient’s facial anatomy and desired outcome. Additional modalities such as Morphues8 and FaceTite can be simultaneously performed for more definition.


Recovery time varies, but most patients can resume normal activities within a few days to a week. There may be some swelling and discomfort initially, but this typically resolves over time.


The results of buccal fat removal are generally permanent, as the fat cells in the removed portion do not grow back. However, the overall appearance of the face can still be influenced by factors such as aging and weight fluctuations.

Before deciding on buccal fat removal or any facial cosmetic procedure, it’s crucial to have a thorough consultation with Dr. Fathimani, our triple board-certified Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon and Facial Cosmetic Surgeon. He will assess your individual anatomy, discuss your goals and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for achieving your desired facial appearance.