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What is a Scarless Buccal Fat Pad Reduction?

For patients with a heavy appearance in the lower face, often described as “chipmunk cheeks,” “chubby cheeks,” or with similar terms, the minimally invasive, Scarless Buccal Fat Pad Reduction procedure can improve the lower facial contours deftly and discretely. Patients who are genetically prone to full buccal fat pads tend to experience more pronounced and heavy cheeks with age.

Buccal fat pad reduction reduces excess fat pads and sculpts the cheeks, effectively enhancing the cheekbones, contouring the jawline, and achieving a more refined facial shape.

What are the benefits of buccal fat pad removal?

Scarless Buccal Fat Pad Reduction has many benefits for people who want to sculpt and define their cheeks, including the following:

  • Defines and enhances the cheekbones
  • Achieves a more refined, sophisticated appearance
  • Reduces lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth 
  • Significantly reduces the effects of age
  • Incisions are within the mouth, resulting in a scarless procedure
  • Short procedure time
  • Does not require general anesthesia 
  • Once removed, buccal fat is ideal for a fat transfer to other areas of the body
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What should I expect during a buccal fat removal procedure?

Before your procedure is scheduled, Dr. Chesnut will have a thoughtful, thorough consultation with you to discuss your goals. He will examine your face, discuss your aesthetic concerns, and walk you through the details of the procedure.

When you’re ready to move forward with the surgical procedure, local anesthesia will be applied. An incision will be made inside your cheeks. Some pressure will be placed on the outside of the cheek, further exposing the buccal fat pad. Dr. Chesnut will carefully remove the fat, ensuring the precise amount is taken out to sculpt the cheeks without leaving them looking hollow. He will then close the incisions inside the cheeks with dissolvable stitches.

Am I a good candidate for a buccal fat reduction?

Individuals who want to reduce overly rounded cheeks, sculpt their facial features and achieve a more refined appearance are likely candidates for a buccal fat removal procedure. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Do not smoke
  • Are at or are close to an ideal weight they can maintain
  • Do not have a naturally thin face
  • Are concerned about plump cheeks due to genetics or that remain after weight loss 
  • Have realistic expectations about what a buccal fat removal procedure can achieve
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Recovery after buccal fat reduction

Expect some swelling and bruising for the first few days after your procedure. You will need to eat a liquid diet during this time. You may begin eating soft foods after three days, then slowing progress back to your usual diet from there.

It will take approximately three weeks to fully recover from your buccal fat pad reduction. Your cheeks will settle into their slim, contoured shape within several months. 

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Why choose Dr. Chesnut for Scarless Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

Dr. Chesnut is a double board-certified surgeon whose experience and expertise make him an ideal choice for any patient who would like to achieve facial refinement or rejuvenation. As a leader and international expert in the art and science of facial aging and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Chesnut addresses all aspects of facial refinements and anti-aging procedures in a progressive, holistic way. Every patient is unique, and his approach is individualized and customized to help each patient achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. 

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