The cheeks are one of the biggest surface area on the face. It makes you look symmetrical or asymmetrical depending on how much fats are located in the cheeks. Most people are contented with their rosy cheeks, whereas there are some who are still overly conscious over how round and chubby their cheeks are.
How to get rid of fat cheeks?
Buccal fat removal refers to cheek reduction procedure. Buccal fats are the pad of fats that shapes the bottom part of the cheeks. These chubby cheeks or “chipmunk cheeks” are mostly caused by overweight or by genetics predisposition. By removing these fats, the cheeks are reduced.
How is buccal fat removal performed?
In buccal fat removal surgery, these fat pads are removed from the inside of the mouth through an incision between the gums and the cheek. This incision will expose the fascia and fibers of the main cheek muscles.
From there, pressure is applied externally, causing the buccal fat to protrude towards the incision. The surgeon then carefully but firmly pulls out the fats with a surgical tweezer.
Facial liposuction can also be done for this buccal fat removal.
Does the procedure involve pain?
During the procedure, local anesthesia is applied, hence the patients are mild awake yet insensitive to any pain.
After the surgery however, it is normal that pain, bruising and swelling coexist. It is a natural process of the body to recovery. Be sure to follow all post-procedure instructions for smooth healing process.
What are the benefits of buccal fat removal procedure?
With buccal fat removal, thinner and more contoured cheeks are expected. This comes along with definition to the cheeks, adding on boost to the self-esteem and confidence.
What to expect for the procedure?
It is advised to consult the plastic surgeon with thorough question on the procedure and suitability of the procedure to one’s self. Follow all pre-procedure instructions strictly to ensure procedure goes complication-free. It’s best to arrange for company on procedure day in case there are any drowsiness that could affect movements and journey home.
Pain and discomfort are expected after the treatment as the face muscles get used to the trauma of the cut and buccal fat removal. No major worries to be applied for this matter although, chewing might be a little bit of difficulty but it is adviced then to have less solid food right after surgery.
Most patients are able to return to work after about a week into the surgery and desired outcome of the procedure can be seen about a month after. In any case there are other matters pertaining to the post-procedure, do consult plastic surgeon again.