Buccal Fat Removal

Definition - What does Buccal Fat Removal mean?

Buccal fat removal is a minor cosmetic surgery procedure that reduces the fat pads of the cheeks which, in turn, will then reduce the volume of the midface area. This surgery is used most often by those who are looking for options to promote a thinner-looking appearance, primarily in the face.

TheConsultation explains Buccal Fat Removal

A “chiseled” look in which the cheekbones are prominent and the midface area narrows towards the jaw is part of the modern aesthetic that defines beauty. Large buccal fat (cheek fat) deposits in a person who is not overweight are common. The look is referred to as “puppy fat,” or having a “baby face.”

When the buccal fat pads are large, they can also appear prominently in the area just above the jaw, creating a pouchy look that is also not in line with current aesthetics. In addition, buccal fat is not always symmetrical, and this may prompt patients to request buccal fat removal on one side of the face only. A further problem that buccal fat removal can address is pseudoherniation – a fatty lump on the buccal fat pad that appears as a result of displacement of the buccal pad, owing to injury or for unknown reasons.

In younger patients, doctors advise against removing a dramatic amount of buccal fat. The face gradually thins down as one ages, and they warn that being overenthusiastic with buccal fat removal can result in a skeletal look later on.

The procedure leaves no visible scarring since it is performed through incisions made on the inside of the mouth, just above the second molar. Buccal fat reduction can be done on its own or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery interventions. There have been some concerns about damage to facial nerves, but doctors experienced in this technique say that this type of injury is easily avoided, providing that the correct surgical technique is applied.

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