Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal Fat Pad Removal for Cheek Reduction

The buccal fat pad lies beneath the cheek bone. Buccal fat pad reduction enhances the mid-face area by reducing rather than adding volume. An intra-oral incision, similar to that used for placement of a cheek implant, is made between the cheek and gum. The buccal fat is removed from this incision to achieve a more refined, sculpted cheek contour.

This surgery is recommended primarily for patients with decidedly round, full cheeks. Patients can expect some brief swelling after buccal fat removal, as well as difficulty chewing until the swelling resolves.

Most patients are extremely happy with the results of buccal fat removal to reduce “pudgy” cheeks. Even when the change in facial contour is subtle, this type of cosmetic procedure nevertheless can produce a significant change in facial aesthetics. With the reduced fullness in the lower cheek area, the cheek bones appear more prominent. Beyond being satisfied with your more aesthetically pleasing appearance, patients usually feel a surge in self-confidence and a new freedom with their new look.

Male Cheek Reduction Surgery - Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Length of Surgery – Usually 30-90 minutes.

Anesthesia – Local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. On the cutting edge and preferred by Dr. Fodor is TIVA, which is a combination of the two. It diminishes bleeding and post-operative nausea. Dr. Fodor has used this method for many years.

Recovery – Initial no to mild discomfort; up and about the first day back to work in 1 to 7 days if swelling permits; swelling, if bruising if any dissipates within 10 days; full effect in two months.

Scars – Undetecable inside the mouth.

What is Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

Buccal fat pad removal is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes the buccal fat pads, which are located in the lower cheek area of the face. This procedure can be used to:


  • Reduce roundness in the cheeks
  • Create a more sculpted facial structure
  • Enhance cheekbone definition
  • Achieve a more chiseled jawline

Benefits of Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat pad removal can provide several benefits, including:


  • A more youthful appearance
  • A more defined jawline
  • Fuller cheeks
  • A more balanced facial profile
  • Increased self-confidence

Who is a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

Buccal fat pad removal is a good option for patients who:


  • Have round cheeks
  • Want a more chiseled facial structure
  • Are in good overall health and have realistic expectations

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