What is buccal fat removal? Dr. Mark Fisher Intro

Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic surgery that reduces hereditary excess fat in the cheeks. This procedure permanently removes the buccal fat pad to achieve a thinner, more sculpted facial structure. Patients who feel their face looks round or puffy benefit from this procedure as it enhances the cheekbones and contours the face and jawline.  

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What are the benefits of buccal fat removal?

This popular procedure offers a range of benefits for patients who want to achieve a more refined, contoured appearance, gaining more of a facial v-shape. The benefits of buccal fat removal include:

  • Short, low-risk surgery
  • Scars are inside the mouth and not visible 
  • Requires only local anesthesia 
  • A more sophisticated, adult look
  • Enhanced, refined facial structure
  • Defined, more sculpted cheekbones
  • Smoother lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth 
  • A younger, more renewed appearance
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What should I expect during a buccal fat removal procedure?

Your buccal fat removal in Westport by Dr. Fisher will begin with local anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable. The procedure can take an hour or less & you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. 

He will make an incision inside your cheek. No incisions are made outside the mouth to ensure no visible scars. Dr. Fisher will gently apply pressure on the outside of your cheek to expose the fat pad within your cheek. He will remove the fat to achieve a slimmer, more contoured facial structure. He will close the wounds in each cheek with dissolvable sutures.

Recovery after buccal fat removal

You will experience bruising and swelling during the first few days. Following a liquid diet during this time. You will be able to slowly transition to solid foods after several days, starting with soft foods and progressing back to the foods you typically eat.

After a few days to a week, the swelling has reduced, and most patients feel well enough to return to sedentary work or their usual routine. You will be fully recovered after about three weeks. Over the following weeks, your cheeks and facial structure will settle into their slimmer, more contoured shape.

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Am I a good candidate for buccal fat removal?

People who want to have a more sculpted facial structure and resolve round, childlike cheeks are candidates for buccal fat reduction. Patients genetically predisposed to larger buccal fat deposits and whose cheeks don’t slim down once they reach adulthood may find buccal fat removal an optimum procedure. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have a fully matured, developed face 
  • Are at or near their ideal weight and feel this weight can be maintained
  • Have a realistic expectation of what can be achieved with buccal fat removal
  • Have plump, chubby cheeks that remain into adulthood
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Why choose Mark Fisher Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery?

Dr. Mark Fisher is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon with extensive training in craniofacial plastic surgery. Dr. Fisher’s beautiful results for patients, understanding manner, and dedication to achieving nuanced, refined facial harmony and balance are why so he is in such demand as a plastic surgeon. Please call today to learn more about what can be achieved with buccal fat removal in Westport.

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