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Buccal Fat Removal Surgery in Houston – Cheek Implants Tx

Buccal Fat Removal – Cheek Fat Reduction Surgery

Buccal Fat Removal – Cheek Fat Reduction Surgery Houston

Buccal fat removal, also known cheek reduction surgery is designed to create a more sculpted facial contour or chiseled look. Excess buccal fat is usually a hereditary condition that will not respond to weight loss. When we are born we all have large fat pads in our cheeks that create the round, chubby “baby faces” that look so adorable in photographs. As we grow up, these chubby faces usually transform into the more sculpted appearance of the adult face with cheekbone highlights and a distinct jawline. However, this is not the case for everyone and in some people the round, chubby cheeks of childhood do not dissipate and instead remain into adulthood. In fact, due to heredity, some people may never lose the childhood “chubby” look in their cheeks which can make them appear “overweight” and less attractive in adulthood.  Buccal fat pad removal is an elegant but simple procedure that is designed to help patients that have full, round or “chubby” cheeks achieve a more sculpted, athletic facial appearance.

 

The buccal fat pads are located in the lower portion of the face and when they are large they can give a person the appearance of “chubby” or “chipmunk” cheeks. During buccal fat pad extraction, these oversized buccal fat pads are removed in order to give the patient a more elegant, sculpted facial appearance with improved contour of the lower face and enhancement of the cheek hollow. The overall look is one of a patient that appears to have lost weight as well as a more chiseled face with higher appearing cheek bones. The change afterwards is a subtle, beautiful thinning of the cheeks and not a drastic or unnatural change in appearance. Most people will simply ask if you have “lost weight.” The procedure itself is non-invasive, scarless and quick to heal in experienced hands.

Buccal Fat Removal – Cheek Fat Reduction Surgery Houston

Understanding the Surgery – Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal fat pad removal is performed through a small incision inside the mouth. The location of buccal fat deep within the face prevents its removal with liposuction.  The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with medications to reduce anxiety and pain. If the patient so desires, it can be for performed under general anesthesia, although this is seldom necessary. Buccal fat removal can be done in conjunction with other procedures to further enhance the facial contour, including rhinoplasty, facelift, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation and facial liposuction to reduce the subcutaneous fat of the jaw line and neck.

 

What to Expect After the Surgery – Buccal Fat Removal

Because of an incision being made within the mouth the patient is usually instructed to consume a liquid diet for the first 24 hours after surgery and a soft diet for the first five days. The incision requires no postoperative care and the sutures that are used dissolve on their own eliminating the need for their removal. From five-ten days postoperatively there will be some swelling that causes the appearance to be consistent with the preoperative appearance. After three weeks, the majority of the swelling will have resolved and improvement will be noticeable.

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