Cheek reduction, also known as Buccal fat pad reduction, is a procedure that corrects excessive fullness in a person’s cheeks. This procedure is brief and leaves no visible scars.
Who can benefit from Buccal Fat Pad Removal?
Prominent cheeks are a genetic trait, often causing ones appearance to be characterized as “chubby cheeked.” Although a certain degree of fullness is desired in the cheek area, for certain patients the fat pads are simply too prominent. If you want better definition in your cheekbones, this procedure may be right for you. However, if you are relatively young it may be best to postpone this procedure, because many people see facial fat decrease as they age.
Furthermore, good candidates for cheek reduction are healthy, non-smokers with realistic expectations about results that can be achieved.
What is the procedure like?
Cheek reduction slims down the cheeks and enhances the contour of your face. The results are intended to be subtle, not a drastic reduction in facial volume. The goal is to reveal the natural, appealing shape of your cheekbones.
Dr. Rubinstein makes small incisions inside the mouth. Fat is removed conservatively through those incisions and dissolvable sutures are put in place to close them. Total procedure time is typically one hour or less. Buccal fat pad reduction is performed under IV sedation, meaning you can breathe on your own during surgery and return home shortly after the procedure is finished.
What happens after cheek reduction surgery?
You should be able to return to a normal routine in 2 or 3 days. Bruising is minimal if it is visible at all. Some swelling and numbness should be expected and you may need to limit movement of the mouth during the initial recovery period.
To learn more about cheek reduction/buccal fat pad removal, contact the office of Dr. Adam Rubinstein to schedule a personal consultation.