Buccal Fat Pad Removal, or buccal lipectomy, is a procedure that is used to contour the cheeks and lower jaw line. There is a small area of fat between the muscles of your lower jaw and cheek that allow you to chew. This fatty area is often enlarged in people who have round faces.
It is typically a genetic trait, and is particularly difficult to address with regular weight loss and exercise regimens. Thus, the buccal fat removal process was created to offer a permanent solution.
How Buccal Fat Removal Surgery Works
With buccal fat removal, your doctor will use a general anesthetic and create a tiny incision inside of your mouth. From there he will use instruments to precisely remove the fat pad without damaging the other tissue in your cheeks. This is often preferable to facial liposuction because it provides a more accurate result and only involves removing a tiny amount of fat. Since the incision is inside of the mouth there will be no visible scars afterward.
Buccal Fat Removal Price
While the price of buccal fat pad removal varies by location and individual, most procedures cost between $3000 and $5000. This includes everything involved in the procedure, including the consultation where your doctor will use facial imaging software to simulate possible results and plan your individual sculpting.
Buccal Fat Removal Recovery Time
Buccal fat removal is performed as an outpatient surgery. The surgery itself lasts about one hour and then you will be held for observation for a short time before being sent home. You will likely see swelling and feel sore for the first couple days, but you will be given prescriptions to manage the discomfort. Within two days you should be able to eat normally. During the first 2-3 weeks you will be limited to light exercise and no strenuous activity.
Vanguard Plastic Surgery
Buccal fat pad removal is a great way to get defined cheek bones and a clean jaw line. The procedure itself is fast, although it requires great care and expertise from your surgeon. If you are considering your cheek sculpting or other Fort Lauderdale plastic surgery options, speak with the team at Vanguard Plastic Surgery today to discuss which facial procedures will work for you.