Buccal Fat

What is Buccal Fat?

Buccal fat is the fat pad which provides fullness to the soft, flexible part of the cheek beneath the cheekbone. This is a separate fat pad from that which provides the contour to the midface which lies more superficially and higher over the cheekbone.

Why would someone have Buccal Fat removed?

Removal of buccal fat creates a subtle hollowing of the lower cheek, which can accentuate the cheekbones and give a more dramatic appearance to the face. In patients with round, full faces, removal of buccal fat can help create a more feminine, heart-shaped face.

Are there any risks of Buccal Fat removal?

Buccal fat removal is a safe procedure when performed by a skilled Facial Plastic Surgeon. As with any facial surgery, thorough knowledge of the anatomy of the face is needed to avoid complications with important nerve or vascular structures.

Are there any alternatives to Buccal Fat removal?

There is no effective way to reduce buccal fat other than surgical removal.

Is Buccal Fat Removal surgical or non-surgical?

Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure. The approach can be from inside the mouth with an incision completely hidden in the inner cheek. Another alternative if a patient is undergoing a facelift is to approach the buccal fat pad from the lateral aspect as part of the facelift operation.

Does Buccal Fat come back once removed?

Once buccal fat is removed it will not return so the effect is permanent.

Should Buccal Fat Removal be combined with other procedures?

Buccal fat removal can be a stand-alone procedure or it may be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift, facial implant placement or fat transfer injections.

Can you lose Buccal Fat naturally?

Buccal fat gradually atrophies as people age, similarly to fat in other areas of the face. This can create a gradual reduction in volume of the cheeks over time.


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