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FAQ: Buccal Fat Removal

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Buccal fat removal, or bichectomy, is an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure among those looking to slim down their face. Unfortunately, buccal fat can be particularly stubborn, sometimes unaffected by or unable to be eliminated fully with weight loss alone. This is where a buccal fat removal procedure comes in. It's a quick, relatively painless procedure that removes the fatty tissue from the face to give it more definition and create a sculpted look.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is an aesthetic procedure that contours the face by removing the fat pad in the cheeks. This procedure can improve facial contours, reduce jowls, and create an overall slimming effect. The buccal fat pad is located deep in the cheek area, and removing it can help you achieve a more sculpted appearance.

Is Buccal Fat Removal permanent?

Yes, buccal fat removal is considered a permanent procedure. Once the fat deposits are removed, they cannot grow back. Results may take some time to be fully realized due to the healing process, but they can provide a dramatic transformation.

It's important to note that your face will naturally age over time, so some of the effects of buccal fat removal may not be as noticeable in later years as they were directly after the procedure was completed.

Can you describe the recovery from Buccal Fat Removal?

The recovery period after buccal fat removal can range from a week to 6 weeks, depending on the individual and their adherence to post-operative tips. However, on average, recovery usually takes 7-10 days.

During the first few days, patients may experience minor swelling, soreness, and bruising in the area. Keeping your head elevated for a few days after the procedure is essential to help with discomfort and speed up healing. After about a week, any pain and swelling should have subsided, and you can start to enjoy your new look.

You should avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks post-procedure and keep your head elevated while sleeping. Wearing a compression garment or bandage on the treatment area for several days post-procedure can help reduce swelling and promote healing.

Can Buccal Fat Removal be reversed?

No, once buccal fat removal has been performed, it cannot be undone or reversed. However, many surgeons have techniques to help camouflage any potential irregularities caused by an unbalanced look due to buccal fat removal.

What can you do if you want to restore some of the volume in your cheeks following Buccal Fat Removal?

If you're unhappy with the results of your buccal fat removal, alternative options exist for restoring volume in your cheeks. These can include but are not limited to:

  • Dermal fillers that plump up areas where volume loss has occurred due to fat removal, weight loss, or aging;
  • Fat transfer procedures that use fat from another area of your body, harvested via liposuction, and injects into the cheeks to restore fullness;
  • Cheek augmentation involving implants inserted into the cheeks to provide more definition.

Your options depend on your overall aesthetic goals. Your doctor can help you decide which option is best for you.

Can you get Buccal Fat Removal more than once?

The buccal fat pad has multiple compartments. Typically the most superficial lobe is removed during buccal fat reduction. Attempting multiple reductions is not recommended, as your surgeon offers the safest technique with the best result the first time around. However, the portion of the buccal fat pad that is removed does not grow back. It's also important to note that buccal fat removal can be combined with other facial procedures, such as facelifts, neck lifts, or facial liposuction, for more comprehensive results. Be sure to talk to your doctor about these options if you're interested in further facial enhancements.

Does Buccal Fat Removal age you?

No, while removing buccal fat alters your facial shape, it does not cause premature aging. This treatment should not result in any long-term negative effects other than those listed above, such as scarring or nerve damage if done improperly or too many times in one area over multiple procedures.

Is Buccal Fat Removal Right For You?

Buccal fat removal is ideal for slimming down your face and achieving a more chiseled look. If you are intrigued and want to explore this option, contact a skilled plastic surgeon like those at Murthy Facial Plastic Surgery to help you understand your options for buccal fat removal.

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