What is buccal fat removal? Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat from the cheeks. It is also referred to as cheek reduction or buccal lipectomy surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision inside the mouth and remove the fat from the cheeks. Buccal fat removal in cheeks is a relatively safe procedure and it can be performed under local or general anesthesia. The procedure can be performed individually or combined along with other plastic surgery like
- Botox injection
- Lip augmentation
- Chin implants
The procedure is performed in the doctor's office or hospital. It usually involves:
- A local anaesthetic will be administered in your face if you are merely having buccal fat removed. You won't feel any discomfort, but you will be awake throughout the treatment.
- If you are recommended an additional surgery along with buccal fat pad removal, then you will be administered general anaesthesia.
- A small cut is made inside your mouth, near your cheekbone.
- The surgeon will remove the fat from your cheeks using special surgical instruments.
- The area is then cleaned and stitched up with dissolvable stitches.
- You will need to take a few days off work to recover.
- You may experience some swelling and bruise after the surgery, but this will fade in a few weeks.