Buccal fat removal, also known as buccal lipectomy, is a surgical procedure that involves removing the buccal fat pads, which are located in the cheeks. The procedure is typically performed to reduce the appearance of “chipmunk cheeks” or fullness in the cheek area, and is often done for cosmetic reasons. The procedure is done under general anesthesia.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions inside the cheeks, and then uses specialized instruments to remove the buccal fat pads. The incisions are then closed with sutures or stitches. The procedure typically takes about an hour to complete and after the surgery, the patient will have some swelling, bruising and may be some pain, but it should be manageable with medications.
It’s important to note that Buccal fat removal is a permanent procedure, and once the fat is removed, it cannot be replaced. Therefore, it’s important to think carefully before deciding to undergo the procedure, and to discuss any concerns with a qualified plastic surgeon. Additionally, it’s important to follow the surgeon’s post-surgery instructions to minimize any complications and to optimize the healing process.
The recovery process takes around 2 weeks, and it’s important to avoid strenuous physical activity, sleeping on the cheeks and also avoid smoking. The final result of the surgery will become visible after some weeks or months.