Buccal fat pad removal is a procedure in which a surgeon can remove a cheek fat pad which causes chubby cheeks, puffy cheeks, or an appearance of a fat / baby face. Fortunately this procedure is done on the inside of the mouth so there is no visible scarring on the face. The Buccal fat pad removal can create the much sought after depression beneath the cheek bone which emphasizes the high cheek bone appearance.
Why do people have Buccal fat pad removal or removal of chubby cheeks?
- Patients who feel they have chubby cheeks or a fat / baby face
- Patients who have had jaw or mandibular surgery to reduce chin or jaw size.
- Patients who want prominent high cheek bones with sunken cheeks
What will I look like after a Buccal fat pad removal?
After buccal fat pad removal, the face can appear swollen, but bruising is atypical. After1 week after swelling has gone down, you will begin to see the cheeks below the cheek bones thinning out.
Is the procedure painful?
Since Buccal fat pad removal is a soft tissue procedure, discomfort is mild. Though pain is rare, patients are given pain medications to take home in case you need them.
What is the downtime and recovery?
During the first 3-4 days, you will be on a soft or semi-liquid diet, and you will have to use an antibiotic mouthwash to rinse and spit several times a day to keep the inside of the mouth clean. Plan on about 7 days or less of recovery as the tissues inside the mouth heal much quicker than the skin on the outside.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are unhappy with the appearance of chubby cheeks, buccal fat pad removal surgery may be for you. Orange County plastic surgeon, Dr. Raymond Lee, performs this procedure, as well as other facial rejuvenation surgeries, such as the FACEology LIFT, chin augmentation and eyelid surgery—most under local anesthesia– at his state of the art surgery center. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call 949.706.2277.
Dr. Raymond Lee is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in facial rejuvenation under local anesthesia. He has been practicing in Orange County for the past 10 years and has performed nearly 4000 facial rejuvenation procedures under light anesthesia.
In his prior practice, his patient satisfaction scores ranked him #1 in the nation. Dr. Lee wants you to “Experience Beauty, the most natural way”. Dr. Lee’s does not believe in the old traditional facelift. Over the course of his career he has mastered the art and science of facial rejuvenation with natural results, minimal sedation, and easy recovery. His signature “FACEology LIFT” (face and neck lift alternative) is the embodiment of all these elements and is what he is widely sought out for.