Buccal Fat Removal

While high upper cheekbones are a sign of a youthful and attractive face, lower cheeks are often too full. If this sounds like you, you may be able to benefit from buccal fat removal for a slimmer, more proportionate facial appearance. The goal of buccal fat removalis to thin the lower cheeks, specifically in the area of the cheek hollows. Although a face that is naturally soft and filled out is considered youthful, some people find that their face feels too full, even chubby, especially in the lower third. As a double board-certified plastic facial surgeon, you can count on Dr. Walker to provide you with the beautiful, natural-looking results you desire.  Our office is conveniently located 12 minutes from Brookhaven and 16 minutes from Buckhead.

Schedule Your Consultation

Are you interested in learning more about buccal fat removal? If so, contact our Atlanta office today to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Walker. This appointment is the first step towards achieving your aesthetic goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does buccal fat removal cost?

The cost of buccal fat removal varies and depends on multiple factors including the surgeons fee, location of surgery (office vs. operating room), type of anesthesia, prescriptions for medications, and possible medical tests. When your treatment plan has been decided during your consultation, Dr. Walker’s team will go over estimated costs with you. Although finances are important, you should focus on finding a skilled and caring surgeon you trust rather than on the cost associated with your procedure. Dr. Walker’s team will be happy to go over financing options with you.

Does insurance cover the cost of buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat removal is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to buccal fat removal?

There is no acceptable non-surgical alternative to remove portions of the buccal fat pad.

Can you get fat removed from your cheeks?

Buccal fat removal is a procedure that can remove chubby cheeks from the face in patients who have rounded cheeks even as an adult. This can help slim the facial profile and give more definition to the midface.

Can you get your double chin removal?

Liposuction is often an effective option for a double chin. It can remove fatty tissue with minimal incisions and downtime.

What are buccal fat pads?

Buccal fat pads exist in the midface and help give the face structure. During youth, they can make the face look especially round and chubby.

What are cheeks made of?

Your cheeks are a complex network of muscles, fat, skin, and soft tissue. This system helps with normal facial movements like talking, chewing, and facial expressions.

What does buccal fat removal do?

Buccal fat removal can slim the face and provide better definition for patients who have a naturally round face.

Where can I get buccal fat removed?

A board certified facial plastic surgeon can effectively remove buccal fat pads through a minimally-invasive procedure. A small incision is made under local anesthesia inside your cheeks and a portion of buccal fat is removed. No visible external incisions are made.

How can I lose face fat in a week?

Facial fat is notoriously difficult to get rid of, even with regular diet and exercise. If you’re at a healthy, stable weight and still feel like your face looks too full, your facial plastic surgeon can recommend your best options.

What is a Buccal Fat Pad?

The buccal fat pad is a collection of fat in the lower cheek adjacent to the corner of the mouth. The amount of buccal fat in the cheek varies from person to person.

What is Buccal Fat pad Removal?

Buccal fat pad removal is a cosmetic procedure to remove a portion of the buccal fat pads. This results in thinner and slimmer cheeks, more defined facial angles, a more defined jawline and accentuated cheek bones.

How Does Cheek Reduction Work?

Buccal fat reduction is an in-office, outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. A tiny incision is made inside the mouth on the inner part of the cheeks. A portion of the fat pad is removed from each side of the face, and incisions are closed with absorbable sutures. This procedure takes 30-69 minutes and has minimal downtime.

Can This Procedure Be Combined?

Yes, buccal fat pad removal can be combined with other procedures such as neck liposuction, chin implant, rhinoplasty, facelift, and more.

What is the Recovery Time for Buccal Fat Removal?

Following your buccal fat removal procedure, Dr. Walker will give you special instructions regarding recovery. Swelling and bruising will subside over a week or two, with final results being apparent after up to three months. Swelling and bruising varies from patient to patient similar to a wisdome tooth extraction.

Are there Dietary Restrictions Before or After Buccal Fat Removal?

There are no dietary restrictions prior to the procedure except avoidance of blood-thinning products. However, you will need to follow a soft oral diet and clear warer for several days after surgery to ensure ideal results.

Who is a good candidate for buccal fat removal?

Individuals who are bothered by full or chubby cheeks in the lower face may be able to benefit from buccal fat removal. Ideal candidates are those who are healthy, at a stable weight, and who seek minor changes. Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more regarding candidacy.

Does buccal fat removal make you age more quickly?

No, buccal fat removal will not make you age more quickly. In fact, many people find that this procedure improves their appearance. However, overly excessive buccal fat reduction can lead to a gaunt appearance with age in lean patients. It is therefore paramount to seek the advice of a plastic surgeon to assess candidacy and to have this procedure performed by.

Does buccal fat come back?

No. Once the buccal fat is removed it cannot come back.