If you have naturally round checks and are looking for a more contoured facial appearance, then we have just the procedure for you. Buccal fat pad removal, commonly known as cheek reduction surgery, is the removal of the fat pad which is naturally occurring in the hollows of the cheeks. By removing this fat, it can improve cheek contour as well as provide a more tapered facial structure. Those with full round cheeks most benefit from this procedure—as by removing the fat pads creates a slimmer appearance. This is a quick procedure that is done here at our Boise, ID office by Dr. Jason Nealy.
Benefits of Buccal Fat Pad Removal
- Improves facial contour
- Reduces round/chubby appearance of the face
- Sliming of the middle third of your face (as if you are sucking in for a selfie)
How long is the downtime with buccal fat pad removal?
The procedure itself is quick and takes about an hour. Swelling after the procedure will last for two weeks and slightly modified diet will be required. No visible incisions or dressing are needed since the incision is made inside of the mouth.
Who is a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal ?
The ideal candidates are patients looking for more definition in their facial structure, and modest slimming to their cheeks. As we age the buccal fat pad atrophies. Those with multiple family members in their older age who continue to have this fat pad will likely not see this normal atrophy pattern and will be served well with surgical removal of the buccal fat pad.
What kind of anesthesia is used?
Most commonly we use oral sedation (local) during this procedure, however, we also offer it with IV sedation or general anesthesia.
How long does it take before I see the final results?
Most of the swelling will resolve in 2-4 weeks. Patients will see continued sharpening of facial contour for up to one year.
What can you eat after a Buccal Fat Pad Removal procedure?
A modified diet is required for the first week. Patients should expect tightness in jaw muscles and swelling as well. Dr. Nealy recommends a soft diet and liquid shakes high in protein for the first week after surgery.
Are there any risks?
Risks for this surgery are similar risks to any cosmetic surgery procedure. The biggest risks include bleeding, infection, seroma (fluid collection), injury to salivary glands, and nerve injury. Overall it's a very safe and well tolerated procedure.
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