Buccal fat removal

The goal of buccal fat removal is to thin the cheeks, specifically in the area of the cheek hollows, to create a more chiseled look.

Although a face that is naturally soft and filled out is considered youthful, some people find that their face feels too full, even chubby.

A buccal fat removal removes the buccal fat pad, a naturally-occurring pad of fat in the cheek hollow area. The size of the buccal fat pad varies with each individual patient, and the buccal fat pad in each cheek may be different sizes.

Buccal fat pad extraction surgery is typically not performed in people with thin, narrow faces as removal of the fat may cause the face to look more gaunt with age.

A good buccal fat removal candidate is:

  • Physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • A person with realistic expectations
  • A nonsmoker
  • Person bothered by the appearance of too full cheeks