Buccal fat removal (cheek fat removal) is a surgical procedure designed to create facial slimming by reducing the volume of the cheeks along the lower third of the face. The surgery is performed through small incisions hidden on the inside of the mouth, and therefore leaves no visible scarring. Through these incisions, the buccal fat (or Bichat’s fat pad) may be accessed, and removed in a calibrated fashion to achieve the desired slimming effect. Removing or reducing the buccal fat creates the appearance of a more contoured cheekbone, and a slimmer face shape.
Buccal fat removal may be performed under local or general anesthesia, and is generally a very well tolerated procedure with minimal post-operative discomfort. A certain degree of bruising and swelling is expected after surgery, though for most patients this will resolve within ~2 weeks after surgery.
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