What is buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that involves carefully extracting the buccal fat pads from the cheeks. These fat pads are located in the lower part of the cheeks, and their size affects the roundness of the face. Removing or reducing these fat pads makes the cheeks appear slimmer and more refined.

What can buccal fat removal do?

  • Enhanced facial contours: Achieve a more chiseled and sculpted facial profile.
  • A more elegant facial structure: Reducing cheek fullness creates a more elegant facial shape for those with a round or “baby face.”
  • Boosted confidence: A more refined facial shape enhances feelings of self-esteem and confidence.
  • Long-lasting results: The results of buccal fat removal last a lifetime, as fat pads do not grow back.

Who is an ideal candidate?

Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal are those who are:

  • Are in good overall health.
  • Have a fuller face or chubby cheeks and envision having more pronounced cheekbones.
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit before and after the procedure.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome.
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What is the procedure?

Dr. Liebertz adopts a meticulous approach to buccal fat removal to ensure safety and optimal results. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia and lasts about 30 minutes to an hour. A small incision is made inside the cheek, preventing any visible external scars. The buccal fat pad is then teased out and extracted. Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, the incision is sutured closed – the procedure is complete.

Recovery and aftercare

Postoperative care is crucial for optimal healing and results. Mild swelling and bruising are expected, which peak around 48 hours post-procedure and then gradually subside. You will need to eat only a soft food diet for a few days to avoid any pressure on the healing incisions. Keeping the mouth clean is essential. Use antiseptic mouthwash as directed. You must avoid strenuous activities and exercises for at least a week. You will have scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure healing is uneventful.

Typically, patients can return to work and resume most daily activities within a week. However, it’s essential to follow all post-op care instructions for the best outcome.

What are the results of buccal fat removal?

While some immediate changes in facial contour can be seen after the surgery, the final results become more evident after the swelling subsides, typically in a few weeks. The face will appear slimmer and more defined, emphasizing the cheekbones. The results are long-lasting, with the facial structure appearing slimmer and more refined.

Schedule a private consultation

If you’re considering buccal fat removal to achieve a more sculpted facial appearance, schedule a consultation with us. At Liebertz Plastic Surgery at Yarrow Bay, our primary goal is to ensure our patients achieve their desired results safely. Reach out to us to begin your journey towards a more refined you.

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Combination procedures

Some patients choose to undergo several procedures in one surgical appointment, which may include one or more of the following:

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Why choose Dr. Liebertz for buccal fat removal?

Dr. Liebertz is renowned for his dedication to achieving natural-looking results. His in-depth understanding of facial anatomy and years of experience make him the ideal choice for those seeking facial rejuvenation procedures.

He has an impressive educational background and vast clinical experience. Beginning his medical journey in Los Angeles, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the esteemed Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Deeply involved in researching the immune response to head and neck cancer, he further honed his expertise with a residency in Otolaryngology-Head And Neck Surgery at Wayne State University, Michigan. 

The pursuit of excellence

Pursuing excellence, Dr. Lieb was chosen for a coveted fellowship in Advanced Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, training under globally recognized surgeons, including a founder of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His accomplishments, skills, and personalized care make him the ideal surgeon for this delicate procedure.

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