Buccal Fat Pad Removal
Buccal fat pads (pronounced buckle) are pads of fat resulting from a familial predisposition, giving excessive fullness to the lower part of the cheeks, often resulting in a "chubby cheek" or "chipmunk cheek" appearance. Buccal fat removal, also called cheek reduction surgery, offers a solution to those who want to reduce the excessive fullness of their cheeks.
What can buccal fat removal achieve?
Removal of buccal fat pads can slim the cheeks and contour the face. This can help achieve a more chiseled and sculpted look, by revealing the shape of the natural cheek bones.
Buccal fat pad removal by Sam Naficy, MD
The removed buccal fat can also be re-injected into the face to further improve and enhance facial contour. For example, buccal fat can be re-injected into the lips or into the malar (cheek bone) region of the face.
Buccal fat pad removal and re-injection to upper cheeks by Sam Naficy, MD
Buccal Fat Removal Photo Gallery
You may wish to browse through the gallery of representative before and after buccal fat removal pictures. Click on any of the thumbnails to enter the slide show. All procedures were performed by Dr. Sam Naficy and some patients may have had more than one surgical procedure performed. The text accompanying the photos describes the details of the procedures performed.
What type of anesthesia is used?
We use IV sedation anesthesia which is an innovative method of anesthesia for facial plastic surgery. You will be given sedating medication that will make you very sleepy during the procedure, however you will be breathing on your own without the need for a breathing tube in your throat. A local anesthetic is also used for your comfort. Most of our patients are able to recover and head home within 30 minutes of the procedure because none of the unwanted side effects from general anesthesia are experienced.
Anesthesia guidelines [21kb PDF]
What is the recovery like?
Typically, after buccal fat removal, there is minimal pain. Since the incision is inside the mouth, bruising is also minimal but swelling of the cheeks may take a few days to resolve. Patients are usually able to return to work and social activities after one or two days.
Post-operative care instructions [12kb PDF]
I am interested! What do I do next?
If you are considering buccal fat removal we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naficy in our office. During this visit he will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. He will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.
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