Understanding Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal Fat Removal

Understanding Buccal Fat Removal

The buccal fat pad is a naturally occurring, walnut-sized mass located beneath the cheekbones in the cheek hollow area. Although soft, full cheeks are a youthful characteristic, some adults feel their cheeks look too prominent and give their face a chubby appearance. In those cases, the buccal fat pad can be partially or completely removed to achieve a leaner and narrower facial contour.

Individuals seeking buccal fat removal in San Antonio and the surrounding areas trust Dr. Jose Barrera, a respected facial plastic surgeon at Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery.

What Buccal Fat Removal Accomplishes

Buccal fat removal is designed to reduce fullness in the middle and lower areas of the face. Unfortunately, this type of fat may not respond to normal weight loss methods like diet and exercise. It is possible for someone with excess buccal fat to have a “baby face” or “chipmunk cheeks” despite having a slender body type. Removing this fat can create a slimmer and more chiseled facial shape.

Am I a Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

You may be a suitable candidate for buccal fat removal if you are bothered by full or chubby cheeks and wish for a leaner facial profile. To qualify for surgery, you should be in good physical health and maintain a stable weight, not smoke, and have reasonable expectations of surgery. It’s important to understand that the goal of surgery is improvement, not perfection.

Procedural Details

Buccal fat removal is a relatively short procedure that can be performed by itself or in combination with another facial plastic surgery procedure. To begin, Dr. Barrera creates an incision on the inside of the cheek and locates the buccal fat. Once it is isolated, the fat pad is removed from the cheeks without disturbing the surrounding structures of the face. Dr. Barrera is very careful to remove a suitable amount of fat — removing too much can give the face a hollow look. Once he is finished, he closes the incisions with sutures.

The recovery from buccal fat removal is normally short and complication free. Most patients resume their normal activities within a few days of the surgery.

Learn More about Buccal Fat Removal

For more information about buccal fat removal, Dr. Barrera invites you to schedule a consultation at our practice by calling (210) 468-5426.