Cheek fat removal is also called Buccal fat reduction. It is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess cheek fat.
Patients choose to have this procedure when they have disproportionate cheeks in relation to other facial features. Patients may have high fuller cheeks which creates a ‘chipmunk’ like appearance. Patients also undergo this procedure if they feel their mid-face area appears overly full.
Cheek reduction can be achieved by removing fat pads from the cheek area or shaving bone from the cheek bone. Although the procedures are similar there are differences which will impact the time spend in surgery. Generally, both procedures are conducted under general anaesthetic on an outpatient basis. An incision is made between the gums and cheek to remove the fat and sculpt the cheek. The cheek will be shaped into a pleasing and slender contour that is dependent on individual preferences. The incision will then be closed with dissolvable sutures.
Following the surgery, the patient is required to keep the face very still for a week. After the week of rest, recovery and not moving the face patients can resume normal activities. However, strenuous activities including exercise cannot be undertaken until a month following the surgery. Swelling and bruising is expected and should fade gradually over the two weeks following the surgery. Additionally, an itchy sensation in the area is a common complaint which is the effect of the nerve ending re-generating.
Results should be evident a month following the procedure.