Buccal Fat Reduction

This procedure is also known as buccal lipectomy, or cheek fat reduction surgery. The surgical procedure involves removing the buccal fat pads from the lower cheek, creating a slimmer facial appearance in patients who feel that their cheeks are disproportionate to their face. This will help achieve a contoured look without contouring!


Dr. James will conduct a pre-operative consultation with you to determine the best surgical approach. Typically, she will follow these steps during buccal fat removal surgery:

  • Administer an anesthetic- the procedure is generally done under local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation.

  • Make a small incision from the inside of your cheek

  • Remove your buccal fat pads with great care and precision

  • Close the incision with dissolvable stitches.

It is normal to experience minor swelling of the cheeks after the surgery. This will subside within a week or two. Bruising is not typically experienced with this procedure. Pain is not a significant factor in recovery from buccal fat removal and patients typically do not need much in the way of pain management.