Buccal Fat Pad Extraction

Buccal Fat Pad Extraction Overview

The removal of the fat pads that expand the lower cheeks is called a Buccal Fat Pad Extraction. Having an augmented lower cheek is usually called “chipmunk cheeks and having a Buccal Fat Pad Extraction will remedy that. The procedure results in slimmer, more refined cheeks.

A buccal fat extraction usually takes an hour to complete and is not overly- invasive. The local anesthesia is paired up with general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision (2-4cm) inside the client’s mouth and gently removes the lump of excess fat that is causing the augmented cheeks.

An individual considering buccal fat pad extraction should take into account that the cheeks often thin out as the aging process takes place. Genetics should be considered carefully.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Buccal Fat Pad Extraction procedures, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Buccal Fat Pad Extraction

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having an Buccal Fat Pad Extraction will result in more defined cheeks. Having more defined cheeks may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Buccal fat pad extraction differs from cheek liposuction and facial fat grafting, both of which will also slim and refine the cheeks. Some surgeons will use different techniques to achieve a successful buccal fat pad reduction. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of Buccal fat pad extraction:

  • How old do I need to be in order to have Buccal fat pad extraction
  • Is Buccal fat pad extraction the right procedure for me?
  • Would cheek liposuction or facial fat grafting be better for me?
  • What is the recovery time?
  • WWhen will I be able to see the full results?
  • What are the costs involved in this surgery?

If you're consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Buccal Fat Pad Extraction Recovery

It is expected that you will return home feeling groggy from the anesthetic and medications. It is crucial to sleep on two pillows to ensure your head is elevated for about 2 weeks. Your face will look swollen for the first couple of days, but it will get better as the days progress. Bruising may occur, but just as the swelling, they will disappear over time.

Since the procedure entails intra-oral injections, you may feel discomfort and need to restrict your diet. You should avoid raw or rare meats or foods with high bacterial levels. An antibacterial mouth wash might be recommended for you to use and you need to make sure not to pick at the incision site with your tongue.

It is advisable to call your doctor immediately if excess pain and redness are experienced.

Buccal Fat Pad Extraction Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Buccal fat pad extraction can be a lengthy procedure, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the chances of asymmetry of my cheeks?
  • Will numbness in my cheeks become a permanent issue?
  • What are the chances of my skin puckering or excess scar tissue forming?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Buccal Fat Pad Extraction surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Buccal Fat Pad Extraction

The results of Buccal Fat Pad Extractions are permanent. Weight gain might have an effect on how your cheeks look, because fat cells can enlarge. If you do not gain substantial weight, the buccal fat pads do not return.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area , who specialize in Buccal Fat Pad Extraction surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.