Buccal Fat Pad Removal
Conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Los Angeles.
Right for you?
Am I a Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?
A consultation with Dr. Sanan is the best way to find out if this procedure can accomplish your desired facial shape. He will perform a physical examination to assess your concerns during the consultation and will speak with you about your facial sculpting goals.
Candidates for facial plastic surgery must be in good health. It is important to provide detailed information about any current or prior medical conditions, so Dr. Sanan can determine if you can safely undergo cosmetic surgery.
Buccal fat removal is not recommended for patients who:
Are overweight or obese
Have signs of facial aging such as skin laxity and/or jowls
Have a naturally thin face
WHAT HAPPENS DURING BUCCAL FAT PAD SURGERY?
Local anesthesia is used when buccal fat removal is performed as a stand-alone procedure. If it is combined with additional facial plastic surgeries, general anesthesia may be necessary.
After the anesthesia takes effect, Dr. Sanan will expose the buccal fat pad by making an incision inside the cheek and then applying pressure on the outside of the cheek. Dr. Sanan will then separate the fat from the surrounding tissue, and permanently remove it. Incisions will be closed with sutures to complete the procedure.
What to Expect During Buccal Fat Removal Recovery
Bruising and swelling are to be expected after the surgery. These symptoms will be much less noticeable after two or three weeks.
Since you’ll have incisions inside the mouth, it is important to closely follow your aftercare instructions for protecting these sites. You will need to rinse the mouth with a special mouthwash as directed by Dr. Sanan. This helps to prevent infection.
A liquid diet will also be necessary for the first several days after your surgery. As the incisions heal, Dr. Sanan will advise you when you can transition from liquids to a soft food diet and then to an unrestricted diet.
Buccal Fat Pad Removal Results
It takes time for post-surgical swelling to dissipate and allow your new cheek contours to take their intended shape. While complete healing can take several months, you will likely begin to see improvements sooner.
This procedure provides long-lasting results since the fat is permanently removed from the cheeks. It is important to note that while the extracted fat cannot return, fat cells in the cheek area can increase in size if you gain weight. To keep your facial contours slim and sculpted, you will want to take care to manage your weight.
Our Approach to Buccal Fat Pad Removal
A thorough consultation is key to successful facial sculpting results. Dr. Sanan will take the time to gather a complete understanding of your cosmetic goals, and he will carefully examine your facial tissues and structure to determine the best treatment(s) for your needs.
To ensure a harmonious facial appearance, buccal fat removal surgery is often paired with additional facial plastic surgeries. Based on your anatomy and desired results, Dr. Sanan may recommend a combination procedure that includes one or more of the following:
- Deep plane facelift
- Cheek liposuction
- Chin implant
- Lip enhancement
What Is the Cost of Buccal Fat Pad Removal in Beverly Hills?
The price of permanently reducing the size of your cheeks with buccal fat removal depends on several factors. Anesthesia fees and whether you pair the procedure with additional non-surgical or surgical facial enhancement treatments will impact the overall cost.