Buccal Fat Pad Removal Melbourne

Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat pad removal, also known as buccal fat pad reduction or cheek reduction surgery, reduces the buccal fat pad inside the cheek to decrease cheek fullness and slim the face.

The buccal fat pad is located below the cheek bone and adjacent to the upper molar teeth. It extends into the temple and pterygoid region behind the upper jaw and lies between the muscles involved in facial movement and chewing. Fat loss in this area occurs with age; but, for some, excessive fat remains leading to a round facial appearance.

Buccal fat pad removal takes 30 minutes to 1 hour and is performed as a day case under local anaesthesia and sedation, or general anaesthesia if combined with other facial procedures, such as a face lift, neck lift or brow lift. The incision is hidden inside the back of the cheek at the upper gum line; however, if performed with a face lift, the fat may be mobilised from the side of the face. Once the fat pocket has been accessed, the buccal fat pad is carefully brought out and the desired amount of fat is removed. The pocket is then closed with dissolvable sutures.

Buccal fat pad removal gives the face a more sculpted look by enhancing the natural hollow beneath the cheek bones. It is a lasting procedure for adults wanting to address full and round cheeks. Patients are able to return to work after 5-7 days and resume normal activities after 2 weeks.

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.

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