What is Buccal Fat?

Before we debunk some of the rumours surrounding Buccal Fat Removal, here’s our quick guide to this procedure.

Natural fats which play important and protective roles, such as cushioning your vital organs, insulating and giving energy to your body, where these fats also help control growth, immune function, reproduction and other aspects of basic metabolism. However, too much fat can lead to high cholesterol and disease, which is why fat removal surgery becomes a more attractive, immediate option (see our other Vaser and Liposuction procedures too), especially as people of all ages can be self-conscious about the appearance of their cheeks.



How does it work?

Face fat removal surgery ­works by revealing the buccal fat pads in the skin and removing them to re-contour and reduce volume in the face. Unlike superficial fat that can be removed elsewhere on the body using liposuction, buccal fat cannot be removed in this way. This is because buccal fat lies in a deeper pocket, tucked between the cheekbones and jawline meaning liposuction is not an appropriate procedure to perform, and making Buccal Fat a specialist procedure performed by a Plastic Surgeon.

During the procedure you can expect Dr Yannis, our resident Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Founder of 111 Harley St. to administer local anaesthetic – similar to those used in dental operations. This involves two numbing injections in the mouth region. Dr Yannis will then cover your eyes to help you feel more relaxed and will begin preparing for the procedure.

Once the anaesthetic starts to work, Dr Yannis will then make a small incision on the inside your mouth (which will maximise discretion and help minimise any visible scarring). The incision will then be made above the molar which will allow Dr Yannis access to the fascia and fibres of the buccinator muscle, through which he’ll then be able to extract the buccal fat. Once the unwanted fat has been removed, absorbable sutures will be used to close the incision.


Dr Yannis Alexandrides MD FACS

“This is an operation I have been performing for twenty years, the key to this surgery is patient selection. The right patient needs to have the right facial structure, and also to have some type of visible fullness to have a good, natural-looking result.”

“So, to reiterate, selecting the right patient is key and this way we avoid gauntness, or droopiness that is often associated with Buccal Fat Removal.”

“This analysis will take place during your consultation.”

Our Quick Guide to Buccal Fat Removal

  • Treatment Time: 15-45 minutes
  • Downtime: Full Recovery in 3-4 weeks
  • Lasting Effects: Indefinitely – Depending on Lifestyle and Diet
  • Anaesthetic: Local
  • Age Restrictions: 18+
  • Hospital Stay: None


 Next steps?

The best place to start is by calling our Patient Advisors, Sahreen and Marie on 0344 692 1111. They can give you more information regarding all things buccal fat, and help you arrange a consultation with Dr Yannis. This initial consultation will be an opportunity for you to outline your concerns and expectations, and as each surgery is highly individualised, having this first conversation will ensure good communication throughout the whole process. After Dr Yannis has evaluated both your health and face, he’ll give you all the information you’ll need regarding next steps and aftercare.


To request a surgical consultation with Dr Yannis please complete this form.

Alternatively, Call Us On 0344 692 1111

To book and enquire about buccal fat removal cost, our Patient Advisors are contactable via phone Monday to Friday from the hours of 10:00 – 18:00.









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