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But now, as an adult, you are ready to trade in the baby face for more defined cheekbones and a more sculpted look. Buccal fat removal in Annapolis, MD from facial plastic surgeon Dr. Namita Murthy can result in a slimmer, more sculpted appearance.
Buccal fat removal (sometimes referred to as cheek reduction) is a surgical procedure that removes fat from your cheeks. Buccal fat pads are natural pads of fat that sit deep in the cheek between the muscles of the face in the area just below your cheekbones.
The size of these pads has little to do with how much someone weighs and is often hereditary. Even very thin people can have a naturally fuller face. The buccal fat removal process removes these pads, resulting in a loss of that “baby face” appearance. It will accentuate the cheekbones, giving the patient the sought-after look that makeup can only suggest. Cheek reduction in Annapolis is expertly performed by Dr. Namita Murthy, a facial plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Buccal fat removal can slim your cheeks and eliminate a chubby appearance.
There is no visible scarring due to removing the fat pads from the inside of the cheek. The outcome of the surgery can provide a high, chiseled cheekbone. The width of a wide face may also be reduced with this procedure, creating a more even and balanced overall appearance.
When you meet with Dr. Namita Murthy, the two of you will determine if you are a good candidate for buccal fat removal. You will need to be within 20 pounds of your ideal weight to ensure that your fuller face is a result of the buccal fat pads. Age may be a determining factor. As we age, we naturally lose fat in the face.
This procedure might emphasize that loss, along with jowls and other signs of our lost youth. If you have a thin face to begin with, this is probably not the right treatment for you. Dr. Murthy will discuss other treatments that may be better suited to your needs if you are not a good candidate for buccal fat removal. Then, injectable fillers may be used to create the look of more delineated cheekbones and may help with sagging skin. Fat transfer can also be an alternative by adding volume at the cheekbone and then narrowing toward the lower part of the face.
Before any treatment, Dr. Murthy will discuss your facial contouring goals. She will also talk about any other facial treatments that might be a good addition to the buccal fat removal. She will review your and your family medical history, analyze the condition of your skin and examine your cheeks.
In cheek reduction surgery, you will likely be given topical anesthesia or oral sedation if you prefer. Dr. Murthy will then make small incisions on the inside of your cheeks. She then removes the fat pads responsible for your less-than-chiseled appearance.
The incisions are then stitched up, usually with dissolvable sutures. It is usually no more difficult than a dental procedure. A chin strap will be provided to ensure support, and you will be given a mouthwash and medication to prevent any infection.
Recovery is different for each patient, but you can expect some swelling and bruising, although this is often not visible since the surgery is done inside the mouth.
You may need to be on a liquid diet for several days to ensure proper healing. Additionally, you will need to wear the chin strap at night for the first couple of weeks. These issues will subside in about three weeks, however, it may be several months before you can see the full results. You can return to your normal activities, but you may want to wait a few weeks until the swelling subsides. Dr. Murthy will outline your post-surgical care during your in-person consultation. She will discuss with you what to expect and give you detailed instructions on what to do and who to call if you have any concerns. Dr. Murthy strives to provide the best buccal fat removal Annapolis patients could hope for.
Your buccal fat removal surgery will provide you with a slimmer face, more contoured cheeks, and more prominent cheekbones. Your cheeks will settle into a thinner shape in a few months. These results are permanent. Buccal fat removal in Annapolis, MD performed by Dr. Namita Murthy can help you have the slim cheeks and mature look you prefer.
Dr. Namita Murthy is fellowship trained by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. With over ten years of experience, she understands the importance of facial plastic surgery that results in a natural look. To determine if cheek reduction surgery is the solution for you, contact Dr. Murthy for a consultation on buccal fat removal Annapolis, MD.