Buccal fat is referred to the encapsulated fat pad on either side of the face. The buccal fat pad sits between the buccinator muscle and the superficial muscles of the face. The removal of the buccal fat pad is used to slim a fuller face and create a more sculpted appearance.
There are two methods used to remove the buccal fat pad. The buccal fat pad can be removed during a facelift or through a small incision made in the lining of the cheek. For most patients, isolated buccal fat removal occurs through the inside of the mouth.
The recovery is typically very quick with minor swelling and discomfort. The first day it is difficult to open the mouth wide and softer foods are recommended. The swelling is minimal and there may be bruising. Within a week to ten days the sutures inside the cheek dissolve. Most patients can return to work within a day or two following the procedure.
It make take up to 3 or 4 months to see the full results. The procedure is permanent and when you do see results, the face will look slimmer and the natural contours of your face will show through creating a more youthful look.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any risks with a buccal fat removal?
Yes, the buccal fat pad is located near facial nerves, the parotid duct, and other vital structures.
Can I go home the same day as the buccal fat removal?
What anesthesia is used to remove buccal fat?
Removal of buccal fat is done under local anesthesia with oral sedation. The patient will take valium and pain medications prior to the procedure.
Will I have sutures that will need to be removed?
Are there restrictions after the procedure?
Limited physical exertion and avoidance of blood thinners are important during the first week following the buccal fat removal. It is also recommended to avoid eating spicy foods or sharp foods such as chips.
How long is the recovery?
How long until I see the “final result”?
The Adler Process
Plastic surgery can be a big life decision. Our team can help answer questions and aid in every step of the way. Here is an overview of our 4 step process.
and Surgery Day
Step 1 - Schedule Consultation
When you schedule a consultation, our administrator will review the cost of the procedure with you, explain what to expect, recovery time and answer any questions you have so you fully understand the procedure. We also schedule your Meet with Dr. Adler.
Step 2 - Meet with Dr. Adler
Step 3 - Preparation and Surgery Day
A pre and post op package is prepared for you that is catered to your surgery that will have instructions for surgery prep . You will need to follow the instructions in the package prior to surgery day. On surgery day, you are greeted by a nurse and escorted to our on site surgical suite where you are made comfortable and a pre-op interview is conducted before surgery begins.