About Buccal Fat Removal

Cheek reduction surgery removes the excess buccal fat to provide a more chiselled look.

The main pad of fat in the cheek is called the buccal fat pad. When the cheeks look too full or chubby this may be due to excess buccal fat.

Sometimes the appearance of having a chubby face is familial or genetic. Even significant weight loss may not reduce the buccal fat sufficiently to make the face look thin and chiselled. However it is advisable to lose weight by dieting if you are generally overweight before considering surgery to remove the cheek fat.

The other important fact to realise is that part of the process of ageing involves the loss of volume in the face. Being thin faced is not always good for looking youthful. So while it is tempting to have the buccal fat removed as a quick fix to a chubby face you should realise that it is not good to remove too much especially in older people. Therefore your surgeon, by thoroughly examining your face and excluding other factors contributing to your ‘chipmunk’ look such as masseteric hypertrophy, will be able to tell you whether you are a good candidate for cheek reduction surgery.

The removal of buccal fat is different to facial liposuction, which is usually done in the jowl area or neck. Depending on your expectations liposuction to the face and neck can be performed at the same time as buccal fat removal for an overall definition and enhancement of facial angles giving you the chiselled look you have always dreamt of.

The procedure may also be undertaken in conjunction with other surgery such as a face lift or blepharoplasty.

Finally buccal fat removal can be combined with Ultherapy which is a transcutaneous non-ablative energy delivery system used to treat facial plumpness and neck skin sagging. For more information please download Dr Sotirios Foutsizoglou’s relevant article on the intense ultrasound therapy Ulthera.