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Buccal Fat Removal- Diagnosis, Procedure, & Recovery

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  • What is Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?

    Medically termed as the buccal fat pad, buccal fat is the mass present between the facial muscles. It is located between the cheekbones and jawbones. These fat pads can significantly affect the shape of the individual’s face. 

    The grape-sized buccal fat-pad tissue is present on each side of the face and gives puffiness to the cheeks. The size of this fat pad is different for each patient. In some people, the size is small enough not to affect 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. 

    While most people consider the chubby effect of buccal fat good for them, some feel unhappy with the roundness of the cheek. Typically, there is nothing wrong with having bigger cheeks, but some people wish to get the buccal fat removed to get a more chiseled and defined face shape. 

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    Buccal Fat Removal Options

    Buccal fat can be removed through various surgical and non-surgical methods. The most suitable approach is chosen depending on the desired outcomes and the individual’s considerations. Here is a general overview of the buccal fat removal options:

    • Surgical Options: Surgical buccal fat removal, also known as buccal lipectomy, is the most common and effective way to reduce the size of the buccal fat pads. This procedure involves making small incisions inside the mouth and removing a portion of the buccal fat pads to achieve a more sculpted facial appearance. 
    • Non-Surgical Options: There are several non-surgical options available for buccal fat removal. They are injectable treatments that can temporarily change the facial contours. The common methods include dermal fillers and Botox, which provide similar levels of reduction in cheek fullness. 

    The effectiveness of each method varies from person to person due to their facial anatomy. 

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    Diagnosis & Evaluations Before Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

    Before undergoing buccal fat removal surgery, a thorough evaluation is done by the plastic or cosmetic surgeon. The evaluation involves the following:

    Before planning the surgery, the surgeon will have an open discussion with the patient to determine if he/she would like to consider alternative options for buccal fat removal to achieve their cosmetic goals. 

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    Who is the Right Candidate for Cheek Fat Reduction?

    Buccal fat removal is a customized treatment that addresses the concerns of patients who worry about having chubby cheeks. The doctor evaluates the patient’s physical and mental health to ensure that he/she is getting the treatment for himself/herself, not for any other reason. Some key points considered for the patients to determine their eligibility include the following: 

    • Excessive Buccal Fat: The ideal candidate has a genetically determined excess of buccal fat that creates a round, chubby appearance in the cheeks, even when the person is at a healthy weight.
    • Fully Developed Facial Structure: Candidates should have fully developed facial features. The procedure is typically not recommended for younger individuals whose facial structures are still developing. 
    • Good General Health: The candidate should be in good overall health and free from any medical conditions that can impair his/her healing abilities or increase the risks of surgery. 
    • Stable Weight: It is essential for the candidates to have a stable weight as fluctuations can affect the facial fat distribution, which may compromise the surgery’s outcome. 
    • Realistic Expectations: Candidates must have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery. Buccal fat removal can create a more defined facial contour, but it won’t fundamentally change other facial features or stop the natural aging process.

    While evaluating these aspects, the surgeon will also assess whether undergoing buccal fat removal surgery is a personal decision for the individual or influenced by external factors. If the individual has emotional instability or unrealistic expectations, the surgeon may not qualify him/her for the surgery as it is an irreversible procedure.

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    Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

    Also known as cheek reduction surgery and buccal lipectomy, 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 gives a chiseled look. Cheek reduction is a very common procedure and can be performed on both males and females as required.

    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- 

    Preparation Before Buccal Fat Removal

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

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

    Buccal Fat Reduction Procedure

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

    What to Expect After Face Fat Reduction 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. 

    Risks & Complications of Cheek Reduction Surgery

    Like any other surgical procedure, there are certain risks and potential complications associated with cheek reduction or buccal fat removal surgery. Some common risks and complications include the following:

    The surgeon will take the necessary precautions and measures to minimize these risks and ensure the best possible outcome.

    Results & Recovery Timeline After Buccal Fat Removal

    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- 

    Once the buccal fat pads are removed, they will not grow back. However, aging and weight fluctuations can still impact the appearance of the face over time. 

    Care Tips After Cheek Reduction

    After undergoing cheek reduction surgery, the patients will be recommended to follow certain instructions for a smoother recovery and to help them maintain the results. Some tips are given below: 

    Throughout the recovery period, it’s important to be patient, as healing takes time. The side effects of surgery will take several weeks to subside. Thus, be patient and let the body heal at its own pace. 

    Buccal Fat Removal Cost 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- 

    Non-Surgical Buccal Fat Removal Techniques

    There are some non-surgical cosmetic treatments available that are considered alternatives to buccal fat removal surgery. These non-surgical techniques are less invasive and suitable for individuals who prefer temporary or less permanent changes. 

    These non-surgical cheek reduction techniques may or may not provide the same level of reduction in cheek fullness. Therefore, it’ll be best to discuss these options with the surgeon and determine the best option. 

    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 the 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 shrinks 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.

    How long after buccal fat removal can I see results?

    The timeline for seeing the results after buccal fat removal surgery varies from person to person. In general, most people start noticing minor changes within the first or second week after the procedure. However, the swelling and bruising may take a few weeks or months to disappear completely. And the patient will be able to see the results only then.

    When can I return to work after the 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.

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      Nootan Mathur


      I was hesitant about getting buccal fat treatment, but after a thorough consultation with Pristyn Care's expert team, I felt reassured. The procedure itself was quick, and the recovery was surprisingly comfortable. The results have exceeded my expectations! My face looks slimmer, and it has taken years off my appearance. Thank you, Pristyn Care, for making the whole experience so pleasant

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      Choosing Pristyn Care for buccal fat treatment was a game-changer for achieving facial balance. Their expert team's guidance and modern techniques were evident. The treatment was smooth, and I've achieved the facial harmony I've always wanted. Pristyn Care truly excels in enhancing natural beauty.

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      Tanmay Bansal


      Pristyn Care's buccal fat reduction treatment was a game-changer for me. The plastic surgeon was attentive to my goals, and the results are fantastic. The recovery was smooth, and I'm more confident in my appearance now. Highly recommend Pristyn Care for facial procedures.

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      Kaushiki Gond


      Opting for buccal fat treatment with Pristyn Care was my way of embracing a positive change in my facial aesthetics. Their dedicated team's professionalism and personalized care were commendable. The treatment was seamlessly organized, and I'm now leading a life with improved facial contours. Pristyn Care truly understands patient satisfaction.

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      Praveen Ahir


      Pristyn Care's cosmetic team understood my desire for a more defined facial contour and suggested buccal fat removal. The procedure was a success, and the recovery was surprisingly quick. I'm delighted with the results and would recommend Pristyn Care to anyone seeking facial aesthetics.

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      Preetam Ketkar


      I had a buccal fat reduction procedure at Pristyn Care, and I'm thrilled with the results. The plastic surgeon was skilled, and the procedure was painless. The post-operative care was excellent, and my face looks more contoured now. Thank you, Pristyn Care!

      City : DELHI

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