Buccal Fat Reduction

Buccal fat pad reduction, also known as cheek fat reduction, is a procedure done by Dr. Motakis to remove excess fat from the lower part of the cheeks creating a more defined and sculpted facial appearance. For some patients, larger than usual buccal fat pads or “chubby cheeks” may be genetically inherited and may not be possible to lose through normal diet and exercise.

What is buccal fat reduction?

Through a small incision inside the mouth, either all or part of the buccal fat (which is usually the size of a golf ball) is removed from the lower part of the cheek. After this procedure, the candidate will have a more chiseled face and the appearance of higher cheekbones. 

Who is a good candidate for buccal fat reduction?

If you have an average or slim body type and still exhibit extensively chubby cheeks, you are most likely a candidate for this procedure. There is no specific chronological age to have this surgery; most over the age of eighteen who are in good general health and have realistic expectations would be considered good candidates.

The procedure

Dr Motakis uses a very small incision on the inside of each cheek to remove the excess buccal fat. Once the area is ‘frozen’ with a local anesthetic, the incision is made and using a gentle surgical technique part or all of the fat pad is removed. Once the fat is removed a small dissolving stitch is used to close the incision. The procedure generally takes between 30 and 60 minutes and is done as an outpatient procedure at our Avenue Road fully accredited surgical facility usually under local anesthesia with sedation. Sometimes general anesthesia may be used, especially if the procedure is combined with another procedure such as rhinoplasty or a facelift.

What is the recovery period for buccal fat reduction?

You will receive instructions from Dr. Motakis concerning caring for your incisions while you recover from surgery and may be asked to follow a liquid diet for a few days after the surgery. On average, it takes a few weeks for all the swelling to disappear and for the improved cheekbone contour to appear. Initially, you should expect a few days of minor swelling with minimal discomfort which is treated with mild analgesics. You will likely be able to resume light activities 24 hours after your surgery. You will need approximately 3-5 days off from work.

What are the risk factors of a buccal fat reduction?

Dr. Motakis makes every effort to execute the procedure in the most meticulous way, however, as with any surgery, reaction to anesthesia, bleeding and infection are among the risks of buccal fat reduction surgery, although these are extremely rare. The list of all possible risks will be discussed in detail during your consult and pre-operative appointment with Dr. Motakis and his team.

Are there any alternatives to surgical buccal fat reduction?

Currently, there are no alternative procedures for buccal fat reduction. 

Can buccal fat reduction be combined with other surgeries?

Many of Dr. Motakis’ patients combine their buccal fat reduction procedure with other cosmetic procedures offered at the clinic. These procedures frequently include submental liposuction, chin augmentation, rhinoplasty among others.

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