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!
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
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.