What is buccal fat?
Buccal fat is a deep fat pad in the cheek that adds fullness to the face.
Why would someone have buccal fat removed?
Removing buccal fat tends to narrow the lower face, and can add a “contoured look” beneath the cheekbones.
Are there any risks to buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat pad removal, while recently popularized on social media, is still a real operation and therefore carries a real risk of complications. There are several nearby structures that could be damaged during the procedure, and over-resection can also cause problems with an appearance of premature aging. You should always have the procedure performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Are there any alternates to buccal fat removal?
Botox atrophy of the masseter muscle can also help to narrow a face that is overly round or full but this typically acts on a different part of the lower face (and therefore can sometimes be used in conjunction with buccal fat removal in the right patient).
Is buccal fat removal surgical or non-surgical?
Although some surgeons perform buccal fat removal under local anesthesia only, it is nonetheless a real operation and carries with it the possibility of real complications. You should always have the procedure performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon.
How long does buccal fat removal last?
Buccal fat removal is permanent.
Should buccal fat removal be combined with other procedures?
Because it has a specific aesthetic effect on the lower face that almost no other treatment offers, buccal fat removal definitely works well in concert with a variety of other facial procedures like rhytidectomy (face lift), masseter chemodenervation (Botox), facial fat grafting (lipostructure), or multiple other facial treatments.
Can you lose buccal fat naturally?
We all lose a certain amount of buccal fat over time, along with other deep facial fat; however, focal fat removal (like buccal fat pad excision) offers a chance to change facial shape in a very specific way, and is very different from the changes seen with natural buccal fat atrophy.