Get more chiseled cheeks with Buccal Fat Removal.
Whether you are younger or older, the naturally occurring fatty deposits in the hollows of cheeks can create too much fullness in the lower face and drag down facial features.
Buccal fat removal is one of the best ways to make a small change that makes a dramatic improvement in the shape of your face without extensive surgery and recovery time.
If you are unhappy with the roundness of your face, Newport Beach buccal fat removal expert Dr. Kevin Sadati can use his signature techniques to remove this unwanted cheek fat to streamline your face and create an elegant look with no visible scars.
Buccal fat pad removal, also called bichectomy, removes the fat pad in the middle of the cheek through small incisions inside the mouth. This outpatient surgical procedure thins the cheeks for a more contoured and defined facial profile.
If you have a round face, bulging lower cheek area, or if you find yourself biting the inside of your cheeks a lot, buccal fat pad removal might be right for you.
In general, you might be a good candidate for buccal fat removal if you are physically healthy, at a stable weight, and a non-smoker. Males and females between the ages of 20 to 40 can benefit the most from this surgery, but there are a few things to consider:
Buccal Fat Removal in younger faces
We’re all born with buccal fat, but some of us don’t outgrow this fatty deposit in the middle of the cheeks as we mature, resulting in a rounder, less defined face. While a naturally soft and filled-out face is considered youthful, some people feel their face appears too full or even chubby.
While buccal fat removal is not recommended for those under 18 since the facial anatomy is still maturing, buccal fat pad removal can benefit those over 18 by providing better contouring and definition of facial features.
In younger patients, the procedure is very effective on its own without any additional cosmetic surgery.
Buccal Fat Removal in older faces
As we age, buccal fat can droop and cause a heavier appearance in the jowl area. Buccal fat removal is typically not recommended for older patients without additional surgery to lift and tighten the skin. Buccal fat removal can effectively restore definition for older patients when done along with a facelift.
Buccal Fat Removal in thinner faces
Buccal fat removal can cause a gaunt appearance as you age if your face is naturally thinner or narrow. Dr. Sadati can identify your best options for facial thinning and contouring during your consultation.
What to expect during your surgery
Buccal fat removal is performed independently or during a facelift procedure at our private, accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, CA.
If performed on its own, Dr. Sadati will begin the buccal fat removal procedure with local anesthesia and sometimes oral sedation.
Once the inside of the mouth is numb, Dr. Sadati will make small incisions near the second molars to access the buccal fat pad and separate the muscle that covers the fat pad. Once these fibers are separated, Dr. Sadati removes the buccal fat pad using forceps and gentle pressure and cauterizes the area to prevent bleeding.
Dr. Sadati will then close the incisions with a couple of absorbable sutures.
The whole procedure takes 30 minutes. No general anesthesia is required, and patients can drive themselves home afterward if they opt-out of taking an oral sedative. The entire experience is typically no more traumatic than a visit to the dentist.
Your Buccal Fat Removal aftercare instructions
Buccal fat pad removal does not require extensive downtime like other, more invasive facial cosmetic procedures. Generally, you can expect some swelling and minimal discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medication. You should plan to stay home from work and school for about a few days while the swelling subsides.
Because the entire procedure is done through the inside of the mouth, there is no visible scarring.
When will my Buccal Fat Removal recovery be complete?
You will begin to see some differences soon after surgery, but the swelling will take some time to resolve completely. Final results can take up to two months to appear.
The removal of the buccal fat pad to reduce the size of your cheeks is permanent. Once the fat is taken out of the cheeks, it does not come back.
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During your free, private cosmetic consultation for buccal fat removal in Newport Beach with Dr. Sadati, you’ll discuss your options for enhancing your look and boosting your confidence. Fill out a form or call to find out how Dr. Sadati can help you look your best!
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