Full, round cheeks can give the face a puffy, child-like appearance. Often hereditary, excessively large buccal fat pads can take away from a slender, more mature profile. However, men and women suffering with ‘chipmunk cheeks’ in Napa and Sonoma County can count on Plastic Surgery Associates to restore a slimmer, smoother cheek with the buccal fat pad removal.
Buccal Fat Removal in Santa Rosa
A ‘baby face’ may be cute on a child, but can be far from adorable when you are adult. Large collections of buccal fat, situated in the lower cheek, can give the face a circular appearance. Although most people lose these fatty deposits as they age, and naturally develop sculpted cheekbones, there are some that never do. Plastic Surgery Associates has the ability to create a chiseled jawline and a pleasing cheekbone structure by removing the unwanted buccal fat. The quick procedure provides exceptional results with little downtime.
Good Candidates for Buccal Fat Removal
Anyone experiencing excessive fullness in their lower cheeks may be an ideal candidate for the buccal fat removal technique. Prospective patients should understand the benefits and limitations of the buccal fat treatment, as well as hold reasonable expectations for the results. Both men and women in overall good health can benefit from the procedure.
Prior to scheduling a buccal fat removal, a consultation appointment will be arranged with Dr. Furnas or Dr. Canales. During this visit, the surgeons will perform an examination of the facial structure, review medical history, and explain the treatment process. After listening carefully to the patient’s aesthetic goals, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will determine if the situation will benefit from a buccal fat removal. The exact cost of the treatment will then be determined, as a personalized surgical plan is created.
Buccal Fat Removal at Plastic Surgery Associates
Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales perform the buccal fat removal as an outpatient procedure in their private surgical suite. The technique is generally fast, taking between 30 minutes to an hour to complete. A local anesthetic with IV sedation is normally utilized, although in some cases general anesthesia may be preferred.
Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will start the buccal fat removal by making a 2-4cm long intraoral incision inside of the mouth, between the cheek and gums. Through this incision, the surgeon will carefully remove the buccal fat pad, sculpting the cheek to a pleasing contour that is proportionate with the other facial features. Finally, sutures are placed to close the incisions.
Potential Side Effects from a Buccal Fat Removal
The buccal fat removal is a safe and effective procedure, providing many patients with significant results. Some swelling may be seen for the first few days following the procedure, however bruising is minimal. Since the incision is on the inside of the mouth, there is no chance for visible scarring.
Complications following a buccal fat pad removal are rare, although as with any surgical procedure, there is still a small chance for problems to occur. Risks associated with the technique include delayed healing, bleeding, scarring, and facial asymmetry. Patients who see an experienced, Board Certified surgeon, such as Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas, further reduce the chance for complications.
Recovery after a Buccal Fat Pad Removal
There is very little downtime after a buccal fat pad removal, with only minor swelling and bruising expected. The recovery is also relatively pain-free. Many patients are feeling good enough to return to work the next day. After five to seven days, all normal activities and exercise can be resumed. About this time, Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will have patients return to the office for a follow-up and to remove any non-dissolving sutures.
The benefits of a buccal fat removal procedure will not be immediately noticeable. As the swelling resolves, the results will become apparent. Patients will see a more streamlined cheekbone and sculpted jawline appear. These changes are permanent, and no further procedures will be necessary to maintain the new look.
Customized buccal fat pad results are waiting for you at Plastic Surgery Associates
If you are unhappy with your appearance, take a minute to contact Santa Rosa’s Plastic Surgery Associates at 707.537.2111. Let Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas explain how the buccal fat pad removal can create a sculpted, contoured jawline and improve your appearance. Consultations at our Napa Valley office are complimentary.
Buccal Fat Removal FAQ
What is a buccal fat pad removal?
Located along the lower cheek, the buccal fat pad is responsible for creating the shape of the lower face, including the nasolabial folds. However, excess fat can cause fullness in this area, creating ‘chipmunk cheeks’. Buccal fat pad removal is designed to eliminate puffiness in the lower cheeks, giving the face a slimmer appearance.
Am I a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal at Plastic surgery Associates?
If you are in good health, and are unhappy with excess fullness in the lower face, then you may make a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal.
How is the buccal fat pad removal performed?
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas use small incisions inside of each cheek to remove the unwanted fat pad area. Sutures are then placed along the incisions.
When can I return to work after a Buccal Fat Removal?
In most cases, patients will feel well enough to return to work one to two days, following their buccal fat removal procedure.
How long does the buccal fat removal take to perform?
The buccal fat removal procedure at Plastic Surgery Associates will take an hour or less.
Will my buccal fat pad procedure scar?
Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas remove the fat through a small incisions inside of the mouth, thus there are no visible scars following a buccal fat pad removal procedure.
Buccal Fat Removal at a Glance
|Purpose||To create a slimmer, more sculpted appearance by eliminating excessive buccal fat pads.|
|Procedure:||Several very small incisions are created along the cheek, inside of the mouth. From here, the buccal fat pad is removed; then sutures are placed for proper healing.|
|Recovery:||Minor swelling can occur for the first week after a buccal fat removal; however, there is normally little bruising. Most patients are back to work one to two days after their buccal fat pad removal.|
|Results:||Patients normally see little immediate results, but as swelling diminishes, a more sculpted jawline will appear. Benefits of the procedure are permanent.|
|Related Procedures:||Facelift, Liposuction, soft tissue fillers, Botox|