Are You Bothered By Full Cheeks?

One common request the team at The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts, receives from Asian patients is to reduce the size of full cheeks. Many would like their face to appear less round and more angular. Our doctors are specialists in facial plastic surgery and have performed countless buccal fat removals that have given patients the sculpted, toned, or chiseled face of their dreams.

What Is Buccal Fat?

Thick or chubby cheeks are a hallmark of childhood, but some people never lose the chipmunk-cheek look. Typically childhood fat diminishes in the face with age, but for some, the fat in their cheeks remains well into adulthood; this is largely genetic. Buccal fat is the padding of fat between the cheekbone and the jawline. 

Why Remove It?

A large quantity of this fatty tissue causes protruding cheeks. It is not uncommon for those of Asian descent to have an abundance of buccal fat. The fat itself is contained in its own little pocket, which makes removing all or some of it a simple procedure.

Won't I Need Buccal Fat As I Get Older?

Many patients worry that removing buccal fat will make their faces look old in their advanced years and give them a gaunt appearance. However, everyone experiences volume loss as they age, which is easily corrected with dermal fillers. At some point, dermal fillers become necessary to maintain a youthful look for most people, which means you can rest assured knowing that you can look good at any stage of life.

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What To Expect During The Procedure

Buccal fat removal is a straightforward procedure that typically lasts under an hour and can be done under local anesthesia. Patients are comfortable the entire time, however sedation is available upon request. A small incision is made inside the mouth and the pad of buccal fat is gently teased out.

Finally, the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures. Though the procedure has relatively few steps, a delicate and meticulous touch is still required. Only an experienced plastic surgeon understands how much buccal fat to remove and how to contour the fat that remains for a sculpted, natural result. 

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Is Buccal Fat Removal Right For Me?

Do you feel self-conscious of your cheeks, and think they are too big? Do you think you look immature or childlike? The removal of your buccal fat could be a solution. Buccal fat is not affected by diet or exercise, which means that surgical removal is the most effective option. Those that pursue buccal fat removal:

  • Want a more contoured lower face
  • Have convex mid-faces or “chipmunk cheeks”
  • Dislike the size and shape of their faces
  • Are in good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations

An Easy, Quick Recovery

Patients do not need to plan for extensive downtime after buccal fat removal. In fact, many resume light desk work and socializing the very next day. As with any surgical procedure, there will be swelling. Our doctors suggest the use of ice packs for relief. 

You can eat whatever you like immediately afterwards, though acidic and spicy foods may sting somewhat in the beginning. In about 5-7 days, the sutures will dissolve on their own. Patients will typically come in for a follow-up visit to confirm everything is healing properly.

A Noticeably Slimmer Face

As soon as the swelling subsides in a few days, your face will be narrower and more contoured. Final results settle in around 3-6 months. Buccal fat removal is very popular among Asian patients because the results are stellar, and the procedure is quick with minimal recovery time. 

It is worth noting that while buccal fat will not regenerate, significant weight gain can expand any fat cells that remain. Maintaining a steady weight is strongly recommended for long-lasting results. 

Trust Two Decades Of Expertise 

The expert team at The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts, are world-renowned for their skill with cosmetic surgeries; they receive patients from all over the country and the globe who are attracted by their consistently excellent results and sterling reputation. 

Our doctors are double board-certified, and have been practicing cosmetic surgery for years. To schedule your consultation for buccal fat removal, call The Spiegel Center today!

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