Cheek Fat Removal (Buccal Fat Removal)

Surgical buccal fat removal, also known as buccal lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the volume of buccal fat pads in the cheeks. These fat pads, located in the lower part of the face, can contribute to a “chubby” or “baby-faced” appearance. This procedure is also commonly known as “cheek fat removal” or “chubby cheeks surgery”.

Buccal Fat Removal in Nanaimo and Victoria

During the procedure, the buccal fat pads are carefully removed to create a more sculpted and defined facial contour. This surgical technique is typically performed under local anesthesia and involves small incisions inside the mouth, minimizing visible scarring. Buccal fat removal can provide long-lasting results and is suitable for individuals seeking a slimmer, more angular facial appearance.

If you’re interested in exploring this procedure further, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Barnsley, our board-certified plastic surgeon, to discuss your goals and determine if buccal fat removal is the right option for you.

Questions & Answers

What is buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the size and prominence of the buccal fat pads located in the cheeks, resulting in a more sculpted and defined facial appearance.

Am I a good candidate for buccal fat removal?

Good candidates for buccal fat removal are individuals who have round or excessively full cheeks that create a “chipmunk” or “baby face” appearance. It is important to have realistic expectations and be in overall good health before considering this procedure.

What is the recovery like after buccal fat removal?

Recovery time can vary, but most patients experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a few days to a week. Following the post-operative instructions, including a soft diet and gentle oral hygiene, is crucial for optimal healing.

Are there any risks or potential complications?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with buccal fat removal. These can include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, damage to facial nerves, and unfavorable scarring. The probability of these effects is minimized when you choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, such a Dr. Barnsley, who is experienced in all types of facial plastic surgery.

When will I see the final results?

While some improvement may be noticeable immediately after the procedure, it can take several weeks to months for the swelling to fully subside and for the final results to become apparent. The exact timeline will vary from person to person.

Will buccal fat removal cause premature aging or hollow cheeks?

When performed by a skilled surgeon, buccal fat removal should not lead to premature aging or hollow cheeks. The goal is to achieve a balanced and proportionate facial appearance that suits your individual features.

Dr. Barnsley is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Barnsley is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Victoria and Nanaimo, BC
Dr. Barnsley is a member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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Dr. Philip Barnsley, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Victoria, BC, specializes in a variety of plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, facelift, as well as a number of non-surgical medical aesthetic procedures. He serves Lantzville, Nanaimo, Victoria, and other communities throughout Vancouver Island.