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Cheek / Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal fat removal is a quick and relatively straightforward procedure that requires a local anaesthetic. The surgeon makes an incision inside the cheeks, and the surgeon dissects and removes the muscle from the buccal fat pad.

The procedure works on the lower half of the face to achieve a slimmer looking appearance. It’s a popular procedure for creating a V shape silhouette to the face and can create a more feminine and softer looking jawline. A buccal fat removal procedure will refine the cheekbones, and give more definition to the cheeks, which in turn, can provide a more youthful look.

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Whilst, having fullness in the face can make you look younger, however, too much fullness can give a chubby-cheeked effect. The ‘chipmunk’ appearance may look sweet as a child, sometimes they do not dissipate. When a person enters adult life making them feel unattractive.

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Buccal Fat Removal FAQ

How long will the result last?

The procedure is permanent. However, with ageing, you could expect to see fat starting to descend into the lower portion of the face. The ideal candidate would be someone who has a lower BMI so that once the fat is removed, the cheekbone definition will be more dramatic.

How long does it take?

The procedure takes around 45 minutes.

Are there any side effects?

The beauty of a buccal fat procedure is that all the incisions are within the inside of the mouth, and it’s a very straightforward procedure with minimal side effects. Bruising and swelling will occur and can last for a few months. You might also feel a little firmness inside of the cheeks as scar tissue starts to form at the incision sites.

How long is the recovery period?

For the first couple of days following the buccal fat procedure, your surgeon may advise on your diet to avoid infection at the intraoral incisions. Typically, it takes 7- 10 days for swelling and bruising to go down. We therefore advise patients to take a week off work where possible. We also recommend avoiding vigorous exercise or anything for around three weeks. You can resume light activities three to four weeks after, and return to regular exercise six to eight weeks later.

When can I return to work?

Patients can usually return to work after one week, or when they feel the swelling has gone done.

Is the procedure safe?

As the procedure does not require general anaesthesia, the risk is lower. However, it is still a surgical procedure that can carry certain risks and complications. Your surgeon will discuss these with you during your consultation.

How much fat is removed?

The amount of fat removed varies from patient to patient and the desired outcome.

Is buccal fat removal painful?

Most patients do not experience any pain during the operation itself. Throughout your recovery, you may experience some discomfort which can be managed with oral pain-relieving tablets. The mouth and jawline area may feel sensitive, heavy, hard, sore and/or numb which should subside with recovery.

Does buccal fat removal age you?

The age you look is subjective and also depends on genetics, lifestyle and external factors. Generally, patients have this procedure because they believe it creates a more youthful-looking appearance. As you age, the fat starts to descend into the lower part of the face, and so fat accumulation in this area can make you look older. For those who naturally have fuller cheeks, the buccal fat procedure will give a more sculpted look, and the fat remains in the upper half of the cheek, to ensure that the youthful look is maintained.

Does buccal fat removal help with jowls?

Jowls and buccal fat are concerns that can be treated simultaneously but require two different surgical approaches. A buccal fat removal procedure doesn’t address the jowls. Treating jowls usually involves a combination of non-surgical approaches such as Chisel and fillers, or other methods like a soft thread lift. Surgical intervention might include liposuction or a facelift.

How long does it take to see the results?

One benefit of this procedure is that results are visible almost immediately with enhancement to the lower part of the face. However, after this, the face will swell and can take approximately one to three months to subside.

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Buccal fat removal, Botox or fillers?

The procedure gives very subtle results. Whether you opt for buccal fat removal, botox or fillers is dependent on your needs and desired goals. While the procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, some patients don’t like the idea of swelling and bruising or the thought of incisions.

As the results of a buccal fat procedure are very natural, some patients can achieve a similar outcome with the combined use of fillers and Botox for the masseter alone. The use of Botox for the masseter aims to reduce the appearance of a robust masseter muscle, minimising a square-like appearance and harshness of the jawline. Dermal filler can be used to lift, give volume and sculpt the cheekbones for a contoured look. The downside to injectables is that they will not provide permanent results, but the downtime is minimal.

Cheek/Buccal Fat Removal Before and After

Buccal Fat Removal Disclaimer


BEFORE & AFTER photos are NOT guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: your results will likely vary to some degree — because you are a unique person. Our experts take great pride in their patient care ethics, precise surgical measurements, custom planning & their advanced surgical techniques.

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