Buccal fat removal: All you need to know
A person’s appearance is often judged primarily by their face. Even if the figure is slender and toned, too plump cheeks, a double chin, or excess fat under the skin is often considered undesirable and can give the impression of fullness in the face or visually added age.
This extra fat in the face area is called the buccal fat pad, a rounded mass of fat in the middle of your cheek. It is located between facial muscles in the hollow area beneath your cheekbone.
Everyone has buccal fat pads. However, the size of buccal fat pads can vary greatly. So, if you think you have chubby cheeks (also known as chipmunk cheeks) that bother you, buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure meant to improve the appearance and harmony of your cheeks by removing the buccal fat pad.
Buccal fat removal cost
Buccal fat removal surgery is quite costly. The cost may drastically range from one country to another. For instance, This surgery costs $5,000 in the U.S., $4,000 in Europe, and $2,700 in Thailand. Whereas the average cost of buccal fat removal in Iran ranges from $700 to $2,000, including all expenses such as medical tests and x-rays, anesthesia, medication, post-procedural care, doctor visit, and the overall clinic fees
What is buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat removal surgery is a cosmetic surgery intended to make the cheeks thinner in people who wish to have a more contoured, slimmer face with emphasized cheekbones and jawlines.
In this procedure, the extra fat pads of the mouth are permanently removed from the cheek cavity.
Who is the ideal candidate for buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat removal is NOT for everybody! The ideal candidate for buccal fat removal would be a young person with full cheeks or those who have lost significant weight but still have fat capsules remaining only on their cheeks.
On the other hand, buccal fat removal is not recommended for people who are not overweight or obese. This surgery is also not recommended for those with very little fat because this surgery causes the skin of the cheek area to age and leads to premature sagging of the cheek area.
What happens during a fat removal procedure?
The procedure may be done in a hospital or a doctor’s office. First, you will be given local anesthesia on your face. Thus, you won’t feel any pain, but you will be awake during the procedure.
Then, your surgeon will make an incision inside your cheek while applying pressure on the outside of your cheek to further expose the buccal fat pad and remove the extra fat. Finally, they will close the wound with dissolvable stitches. The procedure usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes.