Buccal Fat Pad Removal (Cheek Reduction Surgery)

Buccal fat pad removal is also known as cheek reduction surgery. If the buccal fat pads are too large, it could create “chubby cheeks” or a “chipmunk cheek” effect. The “chubby cheek” look can result from a variety conditions such as overweight or genetic predisposition. Buccal fat removal cannot be treat through diet or exercise; the surgery is designed to reduce the fullness in the lower cheek by removing the fat pads. An ideal candidate for this surgery would be an individual with excessive fullness in the lower cheek area.

Surgical Procedures

  1. Clean your face with sterilizing solution and rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash.

  2. Check for blood pressure and heartrate.

  3. Apply local anesthesia on both side of the lower cheek.

  4. A small incision is created inside of the mouth, the surgeon will gently remove part of both left and right buccal fat pad. When the Buccal fat pad is removed, the area beneath the cheek bones sinks in and accentuates the high cheekbone appearance.

  5. A small incision will be stitch together using dissolvable stitch.

  6. Patient will be put in the recovery room to observe for any complications after the surgery.

Post-Operative Care

  1. Swelling typically last 2-3 weeks for most patient. Within a month the swelling should be almost or entirely gone and you will begin to see a beautiful contour below the cheekbone.

  2. Apply cold compress frequently, as well as eating ice cube for 2 days after the surgery.

  3. During the first 3-4 days you will be on a soft semi-liquid diet such as congee or rice porridge. Avoid spicy food, no alcohol and smoking.

  4. Rinse your mouth every time after finishing your meal to prevent any leftover clotting the incision.

  5. The surgeon will prescribe medications which you have to follow cautiously.