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Cheek Fat (Buccal) Removal

Cheek fat removal, or Buccal Fat Extraction is a procedure to remove the fat pads that augment the lower cheeks. Buccal fat removal is also a procedure that is often sought to remedy chipmunk cheeks.

What to Expect

How Long does the Procedure Take?

The procedure lasts one to two hours depending on the extent of the enhancements. You may experience swelling immediately after the procedure and for at least three days.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

The type of anaesthesia used will be discussed with you during your consultation. You will be injected with a solution of Lidocaine, Epinephrine and Saline. Your surgeon will make an incision about two to four centimetres long between the cheek and gums (maxillary vestibule), starting above the second upper molar towards the back of the mouth. The surgeon uses blunt dissection to expose the fascia and fibres of the buccinator muscle. Your surgeon will then use the pressure of his or thumb externally against your cheek right under your cheek bone causing the buckle fat to protrude through the incision. He or she will then “tease” the fat out with forceps a little bit at a time. Once this is extracted your surgeon will then close your incisions with a non-dissolvable type suture. There may be slight differences in surgical technique depending upon the preference of your surgeon.

What is the Recovery Period?

There may be bruising, however this will lessen with time. Bruising and swelling are a normal occurrence in most surgeries. Sutures are usually removed by your surgeon seven to ten days after surgery. We advise patients not participate in contact sports for at least eight weeks.

You will need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for seven to ten days.

Most patients recover fully within three weeks, however, recovery rates vary and are influenced by your general health, nutrition and the extent of the procedure.

Cheek Fat Removal

Cosmetic Surgery Disclaimer


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

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