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Buccal Fat Pad Removal

NJ Cheek Augmentation | New Jersey Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal (pronounced “buckle”) or Bichat’s fat removal is the technical term for removal of excess fat from the cheeks. While not a very complicated or invasive procedure, it can make a subtle and unique difference in the look of your face.

The NJ buccal fat pad removal procedure focuses on pads of fat in the lower half of the face that can give a bottom-heavy, unbalanced, or “puffy” look to the cheeks. Excess fat in this area can make your face look overweight even if you are slim and fit.

NJ Buccal Fat Pad Removal Procedure

Some people who prefer a more chiseled look, with distinct cheekbones, will opt for a buccal fat removal, also sometimes called a cheek reduction. In this procedure, Dr. Rosenberg makes a small incision in the inside of the mouth near the cheek to remove the pad of fat. Surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general IV anesthesia, depending Dr. Rosenberg’s recommendation. Since the incision is made on the inside of the cheek, there is no visible scar, and often there is only minor swelling and bruising. Sutures inside your mouth dissolve within 10 days. Removal of Bichat’s fat pads is an ambulatory procedure, so you will be able to go home the same day, just an hour or so following the operation.

Am I a Candidate for Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

A preliminary consultation with Dr. Rosenberg is particularly important for a buccal fat extraction procedure. Many factors need to be considered before making a decision about whether this procedure is right for you.

One important factor to keep in mind is your age. While your face might seem overly full or rounded now, if you are under twenty-five, you might not want to pursue surgery. Most people’s faces naturally become thinner and more refined in their twenties and early thirties, so if you decide on a buccal fat extraction when you’re younger, the natural changes in your facial contours as you get older could make you appear far thinner than you intended.

A comprehensive consultation with Dr. Rosenberg can help you determine if the shape of your face is likely to change, or if a rounded appearance to your face is hereditary and thus will likely stay with you even as you get older. If the latter is the case, then you might choose to go ahead with this New Jersey cheek augmentation. Contact our NJ plastic surgery center today.

*Disclaimer: Surgical results are not guaranteed and vary greatly from patient to patient.