Buccal Fat Pad Removal
Face it, chubby cheeks may be adorable when you’re young, but those plump, puffy cheeks just aren’t as cute once you grow up. A sculpted, defined face is a classic sign of beauty that most adults desire and envy. We want those chiseled cheekbones, slimmer cheeks and defined jawlines. Fortunately, buccal fat pad removal is a popular procedure that can help you achieve that look by slimming your cheeks and sculpting your face without scarring or lengthy downtime.
With buccal fat pad removal, Dr. Gallo can help you say bye-bye to the extra padding on your face, which will result in a more mature and attractive appearance.
What is Buccal Fat Pad Removal?
Buccal fat pad removal is a surgical procedure that can sculpt and slim the face by removing the underlying pad of fat in the hollows of the cheeks. Buccal fat pads are found in the lower section of the cheeks and often slip into the jowls as we age, which can leave you with the appearance of chubby “chipmunk” cheeks.
The goal of the procedure is to eliminate the excess baby fat in the cheeks, while preserving the naturally soft shape of the face considered youthful. By removing the buccal fat pads, the cheekbones have more definition and the face takes on a thinner, more chiseled appearance. Removing either all or a portion of the buccal fat pads can improve the appearance of the cheeks and bring balance to the face for a more sculpted and symmetrical appearance.
How does a Buccal Fat Pad Removal work?
Buccal fat pad removal is a quick surgical procedure that is comfortable and convenient. During the outpatient procedure, small surgical incisions are made inside of the mouth and cheek to allow the fat pads to be removed safely and easily. Dr. Gallo carefully evaluates your facial contours and needs to determine the precise amount of fat pads to remove to create a more sculpted facial appearance while maintaining a youthful fullness.
The entire procedure can be completed in less than an hour. By making small incisions in the mouth, there is no visible scarring and very minimal recovery time. To further enhance your appearance, buccal fat pad removal can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as dermal fillers, to create the results you desire.
What problems can Buccal Fat Pad Removal address?
Buccal fat pad removal can create the appearance of higher cheekbones, a more defined jawline and a slimmer facial shape to enhance the natural contours of your face. The procedure has become popular with patients looking to address the following concerns:
- Full or chubby cheeks
- An overly round face
- “Chipmunk” cheeks
- Heavy, drooping jowls
- Lack of facial definition
- Desire for a more sculpted, balanced facial appearance
If you’re feeling self-conscious about any or all of these issues, buccal fat pad removal can help slim your face and define your features for a more classically attractive appearance.
Who is a candidate?
Buccal fat pad removal is ideal for anyone who has puffy cheeks or a round face that makes them feel less than their best. The simple procedure can be performed at practically any age. You may be a good candidate for buccal fat removal if:
- You are sensitive about the appearance of overly round or chubby cheeks
- You are in good physical health
- You maintain a stable weight within 20 pounds of your goal weight
- You are a non-smoker
- You have realistic expectations
The only way to determine if you are a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gallo. During this consultation, Dr. Gallo will evaluate your cheek structure, discuss the results you desire and recommend the course of treatment to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
What is the process?
Buccal fat pad removal is a safe and quick procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. The outpatient surgical procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, general anesthesia or IV sedation.
After receiving the anesthetic, Dr. Gallo creates small incisions inside of the mouth and cheek to allow the fat pads to be safely removed with ease. Dr. Gallo uses his expertise and your natural facial structure to remove the ideal amount of fat for a more defined facial appearance that maintains its youthful volume.
Once the excess fat is removed from the cheeks, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. The final result will be more chiseled cheeks, a slimmer face and a more symmetrical facial appearance.
What does recovery from Buccal Fat Pad Removal entail?
Each person’s recovery will be different, but it is usually rather easy. You may experience some minor swelling or soreness around your cheeks for two to three days after the procedure. This mild discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses, yet Dr. Gallo will give you complete aftercare instructions. Most people are able to resume their normal activities within three days.
The results should start to appear once any minor swelling subsides. Yet it’s important to know that the appearance of your face will continue to improve over time as your cheeks conform to their new chiseled shape and your face appears more sculpted, mature and classically attractive.
Are you interested in buccal fat pad removal? Click here to book a consultation with Dr. Julio Gallo or call 305-783-6780.