As the amount of fat in the face changes, it is recommended that not all of the buccal fat is removed as this may create a gaunt appearance. It is common to experience minor swelling and firmness inside the mouth, and complications may 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 truly evident.
It is important to assess if you are a suitable candidate for buccal fat pad removal 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. It is important to note that the procedure does not address or 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.