Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Buccal fat surgery, which comprises cheek volume reduction, is a cosmetic surgical procedure gaining popularity for its ability to create a more sculpted and defined facial appearance. This surgical technique involves some degree of excision of the internal fat pads of the cheeks, which can achieve a slimmer and more contoured appearance to the face.  Many individuals opt for buccal fat surgery when seeking a more balanced and proportionate facial structure. This procedure is particularly popular among those who feel that their cheeks are overly full or chubby, as it can provide a more youthful and slender look.

This procedure can be beneficial for individuals who have chubby or round faces despite losing weight, because it can create a more defined facial structure. It is important to note that buccal fat surgery is not a weight loss procedure but rather a way of enhancing facial aesthetics. The surgery is commonly performed under local anesthesia, and the recovery period is relatively short, with most patients being able to resume their normal activities within a week or two. If you’re interested in achieving a more sculpted and refined facial appearance, buccal fat surgery may be worth considering.

One of the main benefits is the ability to achieve a more sculpted look by removing excess fat from the cheeks. This highlights the structure of the face and can lead to a more youthful appearance. This is why buccal fat surgery has become a popular choice for those looking to enhance their facial aesthetics.

Buccal fat surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, which facilitates recovery. During the procedure, small incisions are made inside your mouth, on the inner aspect of the cheek, allowing Dr. Gonzalez to access and remove part of the buccal fat pads. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable stitches, with minimal scarring. Recovery time is relatively short in some cases, and you should be able to resume your normal activities within a week. Swelling and bruising are common after the surgery but subside over time, revealing the final results of a more sculpted face.

The recovery process after buccal fat surgery typically involves some time of swelling, bruising, and discomfort. It is important to rest and limit physical activity during the initial days of recovery. You may be advised to apply cold compresses and wear a compression bandage to reduce swelling and promote healing. Maintaining a soft diet for the first few days is recommended to allow for adequate healing of the incisions inside the mouth. Follow-up appointments with Dr. Gonzalez will be scheduled to monitor your progress and accompany you during the recovery period.

While buccal fat surgery is generally safe, there are some risks involved. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, and damage to vital structures of the face. It is also important to note that the results of the surgery may not be exactly as expected or desired. There are certain factors that may make you ineligible for the procedure, such as certain medical conditions or unrealistic expectations. It is crucial to have a thorough discussion with Dr. Gonzalez before deciding to undergo buccal fat surgery. Together, you’ll be able to assess your individual situation and provide guidance on the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.

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Swelling after buccal fat surgery typically lasts for a few weeks. It is important to follow post-operative instructions and take any prescribed medication to help reduce swelling and promote healing. Adjustments to your diet for several days will be required.

Yes, buccal fat surgery can be performed on older individuals. Age is not a limiting factor for this procedure. Keep in mind that some volume loss is seen with aging and some older individuals may require special consideration to see if they are good candidates.

There are non-surgical alternatives available for reducing facial fullness. These options include diet, exercise and lifestyle changes, as well as some non-invasive treatments. Overall weight loss can improve the fullness of the cheeks, but in some individuals, the buccal fat pads may not reduce despite achieving weight loss goals.

Yes, buccal fat surgery can be combined with other facial procedures like a facelift or a neck lift. During a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez the best approach for achieving ideal results will be determined.
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