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Chubby cheeks might be cute in babies and little children. But most people want chiseled and angular facial contours when they grow older. But if you have chubby cheeks with excess fat pads in your adult years, you have one solution — buccal fat removal.

The Solution to Chipmunk Cheeks

If you’re often told that you have chipmunk cheeks or a baby face, you may have large buccal fat pads. Buccal fat refers to the excess fat deposits stored in the lower cheeks. Most people lose excess fat deposits in the cheeks as they grow older, but some retain them well into adulthood, leading to the appearance of a baby face. We perform a personalized buccal fat removal to help you achieve a slimmer facial profile.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is a surgical technique that carefully removes excess buccal fat tissues from the cheeks. The surgeon makes a strategic incision inside the mouth, following which the unwanted buccal fat is squeezed out. This procedure instantly reduces the fullness of the cheeks, making your face look slimmer and more contoured. This is the only solution to chipmunk cheeks because the buccal fat deposits don’t respond to exercise and dieting.

Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal:

  • Remove excess fat deposits from the cheeks
  • Achieve slender and sculpted facial contours
  • Performed as a simple, in-office surgery
  • Incision made inside the mouth, so no visible scars
  • Performed under local anesthesia
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence

Your Buccal Fat Removal Journey: Consultation, Surgery, Recovery

Your buccal fat removal journey starts with a consultation with our board-certified facial plastic surgeons. Our surgeons discuss your goals and concerns, review your medical history, and examine your cheeks to determine if you’re a good candidate for buccal fat removal. They also understand why you’re pursuing this procedure and curate a personalized surgical plan that ensures natural-looking results that conform to your expectations. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about the procedure.

Your buccal fat removal surgery is performed under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation in our accredited surgical facility. The surgeon makes small incisions on the insides of the cheeks via the mouth. The incision is made inside the mouth, so there are no visible scars. After making an incision, the surgeon squeezes out the excess buccal fat tissues from the incision, similar to expelling yolk from an egg. Finally, the surgeon uses dissolvable sutures to close the incisions. The entire procedure concludes within an hour.

After buccal fat removal, the sutures will gradually dissolve and get absorbed by your body. You will experience some swelling, tenderness, redness, and bruising around the cheeks for a few weeks. Your surgeon will recommend a soft food diet for a week or two. You can resume your daily activities and work after a few days, but strenuous workouts should be avoided for a few weeks. You must follow the surgeon’s aftercare guidelines to ensure optimal recovery. The final results will be visible after approximately 6 weeks.

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Wright Spellman Plastic Surgery is a state-of-the-art facial plastic surgery center committed to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Our board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons use the latest and safest surgical techniques to improve your facial contours without unwanted complications and cosmetic results. They take a personalized approach to facial plastic surgery and ensure you feel emotionally supported through every stage of your surgical journey. Please schedule an appointment to learn more about the buccal fat removal surgery in Sarasota, FL.

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