As the amount of fat in the face changes, it is recommended that not all of the buccal fat pad is removed as this may cause a gaunt appearance. It is usual to experience minor swelling and firmness inside the mouth; and complications typically concern issues with salivary duct obstruction, mouth opening, or facial movement. Whilst a change will initially be noticeable, the final result takes several months to become evident.
It is important to assess if you are a suitable candidate for buccal fat pad excision and how much fat can safely be removed for an aesthetically pleasing result. Ideal candidates have full and round cheeks, desire a slimmer appearance to the middle of the face, are fit, maintain a healthy and stable ideal body weight, do not smoke, are not taking blood-thinning medication, desire a subtle change and have realistic expectations.
Someone with naturally high and full cheek bones will see more of an improvement, and if a dramatic change is desired, cheek bone augmentation may also be recommended.
Buccal fat pad removal is not suited to patients with a narrow or very thin face as the procedure may cause their face to appear skeletal and older. The procedure does not remove lines around the lips and cheeks.
Following buccal fat pad removal, it is important to maintain the results you have achieved. This maintenance will include living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, as well as regular skin care and sun protection with a high-SPF. For optimal results, peels, regular muscle-relaxing injections and fillers may be recommended.