Buccal Fat Removal

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What is Buccal Fat?

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The buccal fat pad is a special pocket of fat located within the cheek. Excess buccal fat results in a very full, cheeky appearance – a “chipmunk look”. Buccal fat is a continuation of a deep fat pad on both sides of the face, located between the facial muscles. It is easily separated from the other structures of the face, and a perfect target for removal to help reduce lower face fullness. It is very distinct from the upper cheek / cheek bone fat pad, which are commonly enhanced to give the face a more defined appearance.

Why Should I Get A Buccal Fat Removal?

Excess buccal fat is a feature that very commonly gives the face an appearance of being chubby, or that of a “baby-face.” Many people with an excess of buccal or lower facial fat are unhappy about the appearance associated with this abundance. Unfortunately, in many cases, this lower fat excess is quite resistant to the effects of diet and exercise, resulting in a full appearance even in those who are slender everywhere else in their body.

Buccal fat removal is a simple and effective way of reducing lower facial fullness, resulting in a more slender contour. The procedure transforms the facial shape from a square or boxy appearance to a more chiseled and attractive “V” or “heart” shape.

Procedure Information

Buccal fat removal is a very simple and quick procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia. The choice of anesthesia and approach to surgery are made based on patient preference and if other procedures are being done at the same time. Buccal fat reduction is a simple procedure that takes less than 30 minutes. It can be performed by itself or done at the same time as any other procedure.

In experienced hands, the procedure is very straightforward.


After numbing the area with local anesthetic, Dr. Gabbay will make a small incision in the cheek inside the mouth, and very quickly locate and tease out the buccal fat pad. Once isolated, the buccal fat “pops out” of the cheek, as it had minimal connection to the other structures around it. Because it is so isolated from the other cheek structures, the buccal fat is easily removed with no involvement of other structures in the face. Dr. Gabbay takes great care to ensure that the perfect amount of fat is removed: enough to give a refined and svelte appearance, but not too much to make the face look hollow. After the fat is removed, the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures the procedure is complete.

Postoperative Recovery

prettysmilefullcheeksRecovery from buccal fat reduction is very easy, with minimal impact to your daily life. There may be a small degree of swelling and a minimum of soreness in the cheek that is easily treated with over the counter medications. You will see an improvement of the cheek contour almost immediately after the procedure, but the result will only continue to improve over the following days and weeks as the swelling subsides. After the first few days, there are no dietary or activity restrictions, and all patients return to their normal routine.

Please give us a call or schedule a consultation online to see if you are a candidate.