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The goal of buccal fat removal is to thin the cheeks, specifically in the area of the cheek hollows. Although a face that is naturally soft and filled out is considered youthful, some people find that their face feels too full, even chubby.

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A buccal fat removal removes the buccal fat pad, a naturally-occurring pad of fat in the cheek hollow area. The size of the buccal fat pad varies with each individual patient, and the buccal fat pad in each cheek may be different sizes. Buccal fat pad extraction surgery is typically not performed in people with thin, narrow faces as removal of the fat may cause the face to look more gaunt with age.

Buccal fat removal surgery is a highly individualized procedure. It can address concerns for patients who are worried about full or chubby cheeks. If you are considering this procedure, be sure to do it for yourself, not for someone else or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Incision- The cut is taken intraorally (inside the mouth) and fat is removed.

Complications can occur but rare-
• Bleeding
• Infection
• Poor healing of incisions
• Hematoma
• Anaesthesia risks
• Fluid accumulation (seroma)
• Numbness or other changes in sensation
• Prolonged swelling
• Injury to branches of the facial nerve, resulting in temporary or permanent facial muscle weakness
• Injury to a salivary duct
• Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
• Asymmetry
• Suboptimal aesthetic result and/or minimal changes
• Possibility of revision surgery
• Persistent pain

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent.
It’s important that you address all your questions directly with our plastic surgeon.

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