Buccal Fat Pad Reduction


Buccal fat removal stands as a highly sought-after procedure, with numerous patients seeking a more streamlined appearance in their cheek area to enhance their facial definition. Through the practice of cheek reduction surgery, we’ve successfully assisted patients in achieving a more slender and refined facial contour.

Procedure Time:

1 hour

Return to Work:

2 - 3 days

Full Recovery:

3 - 6 months




What to expect
  • Anesthesia: Buccal fat pad reduction is typically performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. This means you’ll be awake but numb during the procedure.
  • Incisions: Small incisions are made inside your mouth, usually on the insides of your cheeks. These incisions are hidden, so there are no visible scars on the face.
  • Fat Removal: The surgeon will locate and carefully remove a portion of the buccal fat pad through the incisions. The amount of fat removed depends on your desired outcome and the surgeon’s recommendations.
  • Closure: The incisions inside your mouth are usually closed with dissolvable sutures.
  • Immediate Post-Op: You may experience some swelling and mild discomfort immediately after the surgery. You’ll be given instructions on how to manage this, including dietary recommendations and pain medication if needed.
  • Recovery: Recovery time varies from person to person, but you can typically expect to return to work and most daily activities within a few days to a week.
  • Swelling: Swelling is common, and it can take a few weeks to several months for it to completely subside. The final results become more apparent as the swelling diminishes.
  • Diet: You may be placed on a soft diet for a period to minimize trauma to the healing tissues. This can include foods like soup, yogurt, and mashed potatoes.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: You’ll have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing.
  • Final Results: The final results of buccal fat pad reduction may take a few months to fully develop. Your cheeks should appear more contoured and sculpted.
  • Long-Term Maintenance: While the results of buccal fat pad reduction are long-lasting, the aging process will continue, so some changes may occur over time.