Buccal Fat Pad Removal / Cheek Narrowing
Buccal fat pad removal is a procedure designed to narrow the region directly below the cheekbone. The current trend is towards strong defined facial features even among women. The upper cheek can be highlighted by removing the buccal fat pad which sites inferior to it (the region women typically shadow with makeup). People whom are good candidates usually have excessive width below the cheek and/or complain of having “chubby” cheeks. This is not a procedure performed on thin patients as it can give the appearance of aging due to volume loss.
A small incision is placed inside the mouth. It is typically performed under a light sedation with local anesthesia. The buccal fat is then teased out gently. Resorbable sutures are placed and the procedure is completed.
Recovery is straight forward with minimal to no downtime. Warm salt water rinses are prescribed to sooth the incision in the mouth. There is no need for suture removal as they dissolve on their own. Results are typically seen at 6 weeks after surgical swelling resides.