What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Having large pads in the cheek can be rectified with a simple procedure known as ‘Buccal Fat Removal’. During the procedure, the natural fat that accumlates in the lower portion of the face will be extracted to given the patient a significantly more chiselled, refined look. Buccal Fat Removal is ideal to create a  protruding cheek bone effect and will dramatically make you appear more contoured

Although, it is important to consider the procedure as much as possible, because as you age you will find that you will start to lose the fullness with your face, and so removing too much fat may make your face look unnaturally thin in comparison to the rest of the body.

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What to expect during the procedure

Buccal Fat Removal is a relatively fast procedure, and is often performed under local anaesthetic. As buccal fat is the name of the facial fat that gathers between the cheekbone and jaw bone, the only way to remove it is through a small surgical procedure. An incision is made just between the back of your  teeth and in between the cheek and gum, creating an entry size that will be between 2-4cm.

The buccal fat is then gently encouraged out by the surgeon who will manually put pressure on the outside of the cheeks. Once the desired amount of fat is removed, the incision will be closed with non-dissolvable sutures. The technique may vary depending on the options discussed at your consultation.


Post-surgery it is advised that you aim to keep your head elevated whilst you sleep for a period of two weeks. Patients are also required to consume a liquid diet for the first 24 hours after the buccal fat removal, and a soft food diet for the following five days.

It is fundamental to avoid any strenuous activity for several days, by which point the sutures will be removed. During your recovery process, you may experience bruising and swelling, however, this is normal and after three weeks, the majority of post-surgery implications will have improved.

Once you have made a full recovery from the Buccal Fat Removal procedure you can expect your face to look noticeably slimmer and more sculpted.

For more information on this cheek-contouring treatment, call us on 0344 692 1111 to speak to someone from our expert team.


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