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What is Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?

Also known as cheek reduction surgery, buccal fat removal surgery is the procedure performed to remove the buccal fat pad from the lower cheek to accentuate the facial features. This surgery helps to make the cheekbone more defined and give a chiseled look. Cheek reduction is a very common procedure and can be performed on both males and females as required.

There is a grape-sized buccal fat-pad tissue present on each side of the face that gives the puffiness to the cheeks. The size of this fat pad is different in each patient. In some people, the size is small enough not to affect the facial symmetry. But in others, the fat pad is big which makes the cheeks look puffier. This fat pad is removed to make the face more balanced and symmetrical. If you wish to undergo buccal fat removal surgery, consult a plastic surgeon and find out if you are the right candidate.

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    Pristyncare Clinic image : 5-9-22, First Floor Ambedkar Colony, Hill Fort Rd Adarsh Nagar...

    Pristyn Care Adarsh Nagar

    5-9-22, First Floor Ambedkar Colony, Hill Fort Rd Adarsh Nagar...

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    Pristyncare Clinic image : 1561 2nd Floor, E End Main Rd 9th Block Jayanagar...

    Pristyn Care Jayanagar

    1561 2nd Floor, E End Main Rd 9th Block Jayanagar...

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    Pristyncare Clinic image : 3A/79, Ekta Residency  Chembur Mumbai Mumbai - Mumbai

    Pristyn Care Chembur

    3A/79, Ekta Residency Chembur Mumbai Mumbai - Mumbai

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    Pristyncare Clinic image : No 237 Kilpauk Garden Road Kilpauk Chennai Chennai - Chennai

    Pristyn Care Kilpauk

    No 237 Kilpauk Garden Road Kilpauk Chennai Chennai - Chennai

Best Treatment Center for Buccal Fat Removal in India

Best Treatment Center for Buccal Fat Removal in India

Pristyn Care is a reliable healthcare provider where people can get best-in-class treatment. We provide safe and minimally invasive treatment to people who wish to get rid of the puffy and fat cheeks. Our doctors perform buccal fat removal surgery which is the ideal method for cheek reduction. We leverage the modern USFDA-approved techniques to extract the buccal fat-pad in the safest way possible.

We have a well-trained team of plastic surgeons across various cities in India. All of our doctors have 10+ years of experience in performing various types of cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries, including cheek reduction. We also have multiple clinics and partnered hospitals all across the country to make the advanced cosmetic treatments easily accessible for everyone.

Who is the right candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Who is the right candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is a customized treatment and address the concerns of the patients who worry about having chubby cheeks. The doctor evaluate the patient’s physical and mental health to ensure that he/she is getting the treatment for himself/herself, not for any other reason. 

In general, an individual is considered a good candidate for buccal fat removal, if- 

  • He/she is physically healthy and at a stable weight. 
  • He/she has realistic expectations from the procedure. 
  • He/she is a non-smoker or willing to quit for a specified time period. 
  • He/she feels very bothered about the appearance of the chubby cheeks. 
  • He/she has pseudoherniation (rounded fat mass due to weak buccal fat pad)

How to prepare for Buccal Fat Removal?

How to prepare for Buccal Fat Removal?

Be prepared to discuss the following things with the plastic surgeon during consultations- 

  • The surgical goals 
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and/or ongoing medical treatments
  • Current medications (prescribed and OTC) and herbal supplements intake
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or drug
  • Previous surgeries

The surgeon will confirm that the patient is a good candidate for cheek reduction and take photographs of the face. The options, course of treatment, possible outcome, risks, and benefits associated with the surgery are also discussed. 

The patient doesn’t need to take extensive precautions to prepare for the surgery day. Some common instructions that the surgeon will give include- 

  • Stop taking blood-thinners, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements at least 2-4 days before the surgery. 
  • Stop smoking at least a week before the procedure. 
  • Avoid consuming alcohol 2 days prior to the surgery. 
  • Start taking a healthy and balanced diet to improve the body’s healing abilities. 

On the day of surgery, the patient is admitted to the hospital and asked to sign the consent form. The patients are also advised to ask someone to accompany them to drive them home. 

What happens during Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?

What happens during Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?

At the hospital, the patient is given a hospital gown to wear for the surgery. An IV line is attached to the arm and vitals are checked before taking the patient to the operating room. The steps involved in buccal fat removal surgery are explained below- 

  • The anesthetist administers either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia for the patient. The best choice of anesthesia is made according to the patient. 
  • An incision is made inside the mouth on the inner portion of the cheek to access the buccal fat pad. 
  • Pressure will be placed outside of the cheek to easily expose the buccal fat pad. 
  • The fat pad is excised and removed with precision. 
  • After removal, the surgeon will close the incision using dissolvable stitches.

The entire procedure takes around 30 to 60 minutes and performed on an outpatient basis. 

What to expect after Buccal Fat Surgery?

What to expect after Buccal Fat Surgery?

Right after the surgery, the patient can expect to feel slight numbness and discomfort in the mouth. The patient is kept under observation for a couple of hours and his/her vitals are monitored by the nursing team. The patient will get discharged on the same day after getting the surgeon’s approval. 

Gradually, the mouth will start to swell and there will be bruising and redness too. The medical team will give a special mouthwash to prevent infection. Further post-surgery care instructions will also be given to the patient for a smooth and safe recovery. 

Potential Risks & Complications Associated with Cheek Reduction Surgery

Potential Risks & Complications Associated with Cheek Reduction Surgery

When the surgery is being planned, the surgeon and/or staff will explain the risks and complications associated with the procedure before getting the patient’s consent. These risks and complications include, but are not limited to- 

  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Bleeding or infection during or after the surgery
  • Fluid accumulation or seroma 
  • Blood accumulation or hematoma 
  • Injury to the saliva duct or facial nerve
  • Persistent pain and swelling
  • Asymmetrical results 
  • Poor wound healing

Most of these risks can be mitigated by the surgeon and the rest by the patient by taking proper care.

Results & Recovery After Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Results & Recovery After Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

The results of buccal fat surgery are initially obscured by the swelling and bruising around the mouth. These side effects of surgery will take around 3-5 weeks to disappear completely. The new appearance of cheeks will be visible only after the swelling subsides. To get the best results from the surgery, the patient must follow the post-op guidelines.

Throughout the recovery period, the patient must be very careful. The complete recovery will take place within 3 to 6 weeks. Follow the tips below during the recovery- 

  • There will be numbness, swelling, redness, and bruising in the cheeks and mouth for a while. Take the prescribed medications to ensure that these after effects of the surgery dissipate as soon as possible. 
  • Avoid taking blood thinners unless approved by the doctor. 
  • In the first week, take liquid diet strictly. Switch to soft foods in the next week. 
  • Eat solid foods only after the incision has healed completely. 
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids. 
  • Avoid chewing gum and rubbing the tongue against the stitches. 
  • Limit the jaw activities and stretching for the first week. 
  • Sleep by elevating the head to keep the facial swelling minimal. 
  • Try to avoid dust and other particles that can cause sneezing. 
  • Avoid heavy lifting, straining the facial muscles, and strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks. 
  • Be gentle while brushing the teeth and rinse mouth thoroughly after every meal. 
  • Take regular follow-ups with the doctor to ensure that the wound is healing properly.

FAQ Around Buccal Fat Removal

Is buccal fat removal surgery cost covered by health insurance?

No, buccal fat removal surgery is performed for cosmetic reasons and has no medical benefits. Thus, health insurance companies do not provide coverage for the procedure. The patients will have to cover the cost of treatment on their own.

How can I book an appointment with Pristyn Care doctors?

To book an appointment with Pristyn Care, you can opt for any of the following ways- 

  • Give us a call on the number given at the top and talk to our medical coordinators. 
  • Fill out the “Book Appointment” form and submit your details. 
  • Download Pristyn Care app and book the appointment with the doctor personally.
Who cannot undergo buccal fat removal surgery?

An individual cannot undergo buccal fat removal surgery in the following scenarios- 

  • He/she has a narrow face and the surgery can further make the cheeks look sunken, worsening the appearance. 
  • He/she has progressive hemifacial atrophy or Parry-Romberg syndrome. It affects the buccal fat pad and shrink the face, including the cheeks. 
  • He/she is aging and losing fat in the face naturally. 
Is it possible to combine buccal fat surgery with other plastic surgeries?

Yes, buccal fat surgery is commonly combined with the following procedures- 

  • Facelift
  • Neck lift
  • Chin liposuction 
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Chin implants 
  • Lip augmentation
  • Botox 
Is hospitalization required for buccal fat removal?

No, buccal fat removal is done on an outpatient basis. It means the patient is discharged on the same day.

When can I return to work after cheek reduction?

Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within 3-4 days. However, some people may need longer to rest and recover. Make sure that you talk to the doctor regarding such matters and follow his/her advice strictly.

How long will it take to see the final results of cheek reduction?

The final results of buccal fat removal or cheek reduction will appear in 2-3 months. As every patient’s healing abilities are different. The exact recovery timeline for each patient will be different. Some patients may notice the final results earlier and some later.

Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Being an adult and having a baby face is not something that every person likes. Buccal fat removal allows the person to get rid of the chubbiness from the cheeks effectively. The surgery has the following benefits-

  • The surgery eliminates the excess cheek fat effectively to make the lower face look more sculpted and defined. 
  • The fat pads are present right below the cheekbones. When they are removed, the cheekbones become more prominent and improve the contours of the face. 
  • Cheek reduction is a safe procedure with minimal downtime. Most patients can resume normal activities within 2-5 days after the surgery. 
  • Once the buccal fat pad is removed, it will never grow back. Thus, the results of the surgery will last for a lifetime. 
  • One of the biggest benefits of buccal fat removal surgery is that the incision is made inside the mouth. Thus, the scar is hidden inside the mouth. There won’t be a visible scar on the face. 
  • The surgery will improve the patient’s self-confidence and self-esteem by giving him/her contours as desired. 

Alternatives to Buccal Fat Removal

Alternatives to Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal fat removal surgery is not the only method that is used for cheek reduction. There are a few non-invasive cosmetic treatments too. The most common alternatives to buccal fat surgery are- 

  • Facial Liposuction- Liposuction technique is used to target the fat pockets in the cheeks. In some people who have excess cheek fat, this treatment is more beneficial. 
  • Botox– It is a very populat less invasive technique to slim the face. The botulinum toxin injections are used on the massetter muscles whihc goes from the cheekbone to the jaw. It paralyzes these muscles and make the cheeks look slimmer and defined. 

In some people, doctors also recommend natural methods for cheek reduction, such as losing weight, drinking lots of water, limiting alcohol & caffeine intake, etc. But these methods may or may not work. Thus, for most people, buccal fat removal is one of the best options to get the desired shape and cheek contours. 

Cost of Buccal Fat Removal In India

Cost of Buccal Fat Removal In India

The buccal fat removal surgery cost in India ranges from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000 approximately. The cost varies for each patient due to various factors, such as-

  • Surgeon’s fee 
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs
  • Anesthesia fee
  • Prescribed medications 
  • Diagnostic tests and evaluations 
  • Post-surgery care and follow-ups 

 

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