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Do You Need Buccal Fat Pad Reduction?

Buccal fat pads are small deposits of fat located in the cheeks. They are responsible for giving the cheeks their youthful, plump appearance. However, as we age, these fat pads can lose volume, causing the cheeks to appear sunken and hollow. This can make us look older and more tired than we actually are.

Buccal fat pad reduction is a surgical procedure that removes some of the fat from the cheeks. This can help to restore a more youthful and plump appearance to the face.

What is buccal fat pad reduction?

Buccal fat pad reduction is a relatively simple procedure that is typically performed under local anesthesia. The surgeon will make a small incision inside the cheek and then carefully remove some of the fat pad. The incision is then closed with stitches.

Who is a good candidate for buccal fat pad reduction?

Buccal fat pad reduction is a good option for people who have lost volume in their cheeks due to aging or weight loss. It is also a good option for people who have a naturally round face and would like to have a more defined cheekbone area.

What are the risks and benefits of buccal fat pad reduction?


  • Infection

  • Bleeding

  • Nerve damage

  • Scarring

  • Uneven facial symmetry


  • More youthful and plump appearance to the face

  • Defined cheekbone area

  • Improved facial contour

How to prepare for buccal fat pad reduction:

  • Avoid smoking and alcohol for at least two weeks before the procedure.

  • Discontinue the use of any blood thinners, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for at least two weeks before the procedure.

  • Remove all makeup and jewelry from the face on the day of the procedure.

What to expect after buccal fat pad reduction:

  • There will be some swelling and bruising in the area after the procedure.

  • You may experience some discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication.

  • The swelling and bruising will typically subside within a few days.

  • You will need to wear a compression bandage on your face for a few days after the procedure.

  • You should avoid strenuous activity for at least a week after the procedure.

Recovery time:

Most people can return to work or school within a few days after buccal fat pad reduction. However, it may take up to two weeks for the swelling and bruising to completely subside.


The results of buccal fat pad reduction are permanent. You will see a noticeable improvement in the fullness and contour of your cheeks.

Buccal fat pad reduction is a safe and effective procedure that can help to improve the appearance of the cheeks. However, it is important to talk to a qualified surgeon to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure before deciding if it is right for you.

Please note that this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any decisions about your health. Book a consultation with Dr. Porchia James today!

To book a consultation with About Face Oral & Facial Surgery, please visit our website at or call us at 214-705-1660.

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