Buccal fat is an encapsulated collection of deep fat in the cheeks located next to the upper molar teeth and deep to some of the facial muscles. Buccal fat is deeper and below the facial nerves, so it is usually removed safely and more consistently through a small incision inside the mouth. Too much removal can create an unhealthy appearance later in life. It may be helpful to notice if this trait persists in your parents before making the decision to have it reduced. When appropriate, it can help provide enhanced definition of the facial structure. Buccal fat removal can be performed in the office using local anesthetic and sedation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Fink has treated thousands of cosmetic patients in Southern California from surgical centers in Beverly Hills to La Jolla in San Diego. He is Board Certified Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery. His surgical training and understanding of anatomy makes him an ideal doctor to administer a Buccal fat removal. The natural and youthful results of his patients support this statement. He also has extensive US-accredited training to perform cosmetic brow lifts and other cosmetic surgery procedures.
The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes about an hour. It is usually performed under local anesthesia with sedation. After numbing the area inside the cheek, Dr. Stephen Fink creates a 2-3 cm incision inside the cheek opposite the upper molars. By opening the buccinator (cheek muscle) fibers and applying external pressure, the fat is identified and teased through the incision with surgical forceps removing the desired amount on both sides. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures.
Although the results can be subtle, the face will appear more defined and slim, accentuating the cheekbones and chin. The removal of cheek fat will often make people look more mature and can boost self confidence. The oral approach also means there are no external incisions.
Immediately following the procedure, it is normal that your mouth may feel tight with mild pain or discomfort for a short time. You will need to chew carefully to avoid biting the sutures or swollen cheeks. Acidic foods can cause irritation so they should be avoided. It is recommended to rinse with a mouth wash several times a day, especially after meals. Although most visible swelling resolves within a week, it may take up to 4 months to see the final stable result.