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What Is Buccal Fat Removal?

● Buccal fat removal is the facial cosmetic surgery in which buccal fat from cheeks is removed. This results in the slimming of the cheeks and well-defined jawlines of the patient. This surgery helps in removing the fat present in the mid or lower cheeks of adults.

● This surgery is also known as a buccal lipectomy or cheek reduction surgery. It can be performed for cheek reduction only or with other facial cosmetic procedures like facelift, rhinoplasty, chin implants, lip augmentation and botox injection.

● Buccal fat removal surgery is popular among people with a babyface or chubby cheeks or round face.

● This is a quick outpatient procedure that takes less than 1 hour to complete resulting in permanent facial thinning.

What Is A Buccal Pad Of Fat?

● Buccal pad of fat is the encapsulated mass of fat present in between the facial muscles (buccinator, masseter, zygomaticus major, zygomaticus minor). This fat is responsible for the chubby cheek appearance and fullness to nasolabial folds (folds running from nose to the corner of lips). It is also known as Bichat's fat pad.

● This pad of fat helps the newborn babies in suckling and it decreases in size with age. But in some people, it remains as it is naturally giving the face a round shape.

● In most cases, excess or large buccal fat is hereditary. Another reason for large buccal fat is being overweight. Large buccal fat is not harmful to the patient but it affects the shape of the face, cheeks, nasolabial folds and jawline. Even regular facial exercise does not help with reducing the size of buccal fat and surgical removal is the only option. Fortunately, once the fat is removed it will not come back.

● Large buccal fat gives the face a round shape with chubby cheeks, undefined lower jawlines and prominent nasolabial fold.

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Buccal Fat Removal Procedure?

● The buccal fat removal procedure is not gender-specific but the patient must have completed the growth phase of the body, so it is not recommended in patients below 20 years of age.

● The patient can opt for this procedure:

○ If the patient dislikes the round or chubby appearance of the face

○ If the patient is considering facial rejuvenation

○ If the patient has lost weight but still has a chubby face

○ If the patient is slim with a chubby face

● For this procedure the patient must be:

○ Healthy and free from any medical condition

○ Close to his or her ideal weight

○ Does not smoke or have quit smoking for at least 2 weeks before the surgery.

● This procedure is not recommended for people having narrow face shape and for old people as fat removal will result in a hollow appearance to their face.

● The surgeon will examine and tell the patient about the real outcomes of the procedure which will help the patient to decide.

● Consult our certified clinical team of the cosmetic surgery department for guidance on the safety and real outcomes of the surgery before finalising the surgery.

Complications Of Buccal Fat Removal

● The buccal fat removal procedure is a safe procedure when performed by a skilled surgeon. It comes with normal complications of surgery like pain and swelling. For these complications, medications are prescribed and they completely subside in 7-10 days.

● Other rare but possible complications are:

○ Asymmetry

○ Bleeding

○ Infection

○ Cardiac/pulmonary complications

○ Deep vein thrombosis

○ Facial muscle and nerve injury

○ Hematoma

○ Numbness

○ Persistent pain

○ Poor healing

○ Salivary duct injury

○ Fluid retention

○ Lockjaw

● These complications are rare and easily avoided by the knowledge and experience of the surgeon performing the procedure. Always choose the surgeon who is qualified in performing cosmetic surgeries for safe results.

Why choose MEDSTAR For Buccal Fat Removal? The MEDSTAR Advantage

● Buccal fat removal is a safe and quick procedure used in facial rejuvenation. But both safety and results depend upon the skills of the surgeon performing the surgery. Our cosmetic surgeons have performed 1000+ cosmetic procedures with excellent results. They know what to do and what to avoid during the cosmetic procedure for safe and long-lasting results.

● At MEDSTAR, we work in a patient-friendly environment and provide full support before, during and after the surgery. We provide the latest procedures under one roof for the best results with minimum complications for the better life of the patient.

● The buccal fat removal surgery is a quick, scarless and virtually painless procedure that is completed within 1 hour. No cuts or incisions are made on the skin of the face and the whole procedure is performed in the mouth.

● This procedure is performed under local or general anaesthesia as per the comfort of the patient. The surgeon will make a small intraoral (inside mouth) incision on each cheek near 2nd upper molars. Through this incision, buccal fat is removed by applying pressure from the outside. After the removal of fat, incisions are stitched back with self-dissolving stitches.

● It is an outpatient surgery and the patient can go home the same day.

● Always inform the surgeon about the pre-existing medical conditions, ongoing medications, and allergies before the surgery.

● The patient will be advised to:

○ Stop using aspirin or other blood-thinning medicines for at least 2 weeks before the surgery.

○ Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery.

● The post-surgery patient will be advised to:

○ Use medicated mouthwash prescribed by the surgeon.

○ Feed on a liquid diet for several days and then switch to a soft and normal diet

○ For swelling and bruising take the prescribed medicines.

● Follow the instructions given by the surgeon during recovery, to prevent post-surgery complications.

● Visit the surgeon immediately if you experience abnormal swelling, severe pain, delayed healing with or without pus discharge and fever.

Buccal fat removal results in the surgical permanent removal of the buccal fat. In some cases, the patient can notice the difference instantly after surgery. The patient is advised to take rest for a couple of days and can return to normal daily activities in 5-7 days. Full recovery is expected after 3 weeks. The full results will be visible only after swelling and redness subside. Buccal fat removal is a safe and effective procedure that results in the slimming of the face of the patient with the least complications.

Is buccal fat removal permanent?

Like any other fat removal surgery, buccal fat removal removes the buccal (lower cheek) fat permanently. The buccal fat is supposed to decrease in size with age but sometimes due to weight gain or genetics, it remains there as it is. This results in a chubby face or baby-like face in adults. Once removed it will never come back.

Will it leave scars?

No, buccal fat removal does not leave visible scars on the face. In this procedure, the incisions are made inside the mouth (intraoral) on the cheeks near the upper 2nd molars. After removing the buccal fat, surgical incisions are stitched back with self-dissolving stitches resulting in scarless slimming of the face.

What are the complications of buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat removal has safe results when performed by a certified plastic surgeon. Its general complications are swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising which subside in 7 to 10 days. Also, medicines are prescribed by the surgeon to get relief from these symptoms.

Other possible complications are:

○ Asymmetry

○ Bleeding

○ Infection

○ Cardiac/pulmonary complications

○ Deep vein thrombosis

○ Facial muscle and nerve injury

○ Hematoma

○ Numbness

○ Persistent pain

○ Poor healing

○ Salivary duct injury

○ Fluid retention

○ Lockjaw

What causes a chubby face appearance?

A chubby face or round shape of the face is caused by the buccal fat present in between the facial muscles. It also results in undefined jawlines and prominent nasolabial folds. This buccal pad of fat can be removed surgically by buccal. Fat pad removal procedure with the least complications.

Can this surgery be performed with other facial surgeries?

Yes, this surgery is also performed with other facial rejuvenation cosmetic procedures like botox, facelift, rhinoplasty, chin implants and lip augmentation This enhances the results of other surgeries. All facial cosmetic surgeries maintain the aesthetic proportions of the patient. Consult our doctors for face proportion assessment and recommendations for facial rejuvenation.

Will it help in slimming the face?

Buccal fat removal removes the extra fat present in the lower cheeks and gives the face a slim appearance with sharp jawlines. This procedure can easily change the shape of the face and cheeks with minimum complications. Buccal or cheek fat makes the face look round or chubby and can be easily removed surgically.

What is buccal fat?

Buccal fat is the lobulated mass of fat present in between the facial muscles in the cheeks. This fat helps babies in suckling and gives the face a baby-like chubby appearance. This fat decreases with age but in many people, it remains as it is giving the face a chubby appearance. In adults, it serves no function and can be removed surgically.




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