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About Buccal Fat Removal and Bichectomy

Buccal fat removal is a plastic surgery that targets the Buccal Fat Pad, an area that goes deep in the cheeks located on each side of the face. When buccal fat is removed from the pad, the face looks leaner and more contoured. This procedure can achieve a V-shape and a more defined lower face.

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Buccal Fat Removal and Bichectomy at a Glance

  • Procedure Time: 60 minutes
  • Anaesthetic: Local anaesthetic only

  • Return To Work: Next Day

  • Back to Exercise: 5 days

  • Price: £2299

Who is a good candidate for cheek reduction?

Patients worried about the appearance of their lower face due to excess fat in the area may be good candidates for the buccal fat removal procedure. Likewise, patients who have tried to slim their face through dieting and exercising with no results can benefit from buccal fat pad reduction. Sometimes even slim patients have chubby cheeks or a convex cheek appearance they are not happy with.

If you have prominent cheekbones and wish to rejuvenate the overall appearance of your face, it’s vital that you have realistic expectations for the outcome of cheek reduction surgery. At the time of your consultation at Signature Clinic, your surgeon will meet personally with you to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.


How is Buccal Fat Removal Surgery Done?

Buccal fat removal surgery is performed with local or general anaesthesia based on the patient or doctor’s preference. This procedure takes approximately one hour to complete. During cheek reduction surgery, the surgeon will create a small incision inside the mouth between the gums and the cheek so that scarring is less noticeable. The fatty deposits are then gently extracted through the incision. This fat can quickly detach from the rest of the facial features inside the cheeks.
However, fat pads in the cheeks can’t be removed through liposuction because they are located in the face. Patients that have more fat in the jawline may need liposuction to extract the fat from that tissue. After the fat is removed, the surgeon will close the incision, and the patient will receive special bandaging. There may be a scar at the incision site, but it will become less visible with time.

Buccal Fat Removal Recovery

Recovery for cheek reduction surgery is minimal. Some patients like to undergo this procedure on a Friday so they can recover over the weekend. We advise our patients to make early arrangements for someone to drive them home. Even when only local anaesthesia is applied, it’s best not to drive after the buccal fat removal procedure. Bruising and swelling can be expected following cheek reduction surgery.

Therefore, it may take one to two weeks to see the final results after the swelling is gone. Nevertheless, the majority of the swelling goes down during the first few days of recovery. Any pain or discomfort the patient may experience can be relieved with ice packs or pain medication as prescribed by the cosmetic surgeon.

Buccal Fat Removal Prices

Prices start from £2299. There is no set price for eye bag removal surgery as every patient is unique and treated on an individual, case-by-case basis.

For a no obligation quote, tailored specifically to you, please find your nearest Signature Clinic and book in for free consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. Your requirements are discussed in full confidence in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.

Next Steps

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After buccal fat removal, patients will have an improved and more mature appearance. Traditional facial sculpting cannot accomplish that, especially when there is an excessive volume in the lower face. Patients with a face that appears round or bloated can benefit from cheek reduction the most. The buccal fat removal procedure can help remove stubborn pockets of fat in the cheeks creating a more attractive and contoured face.

The buccal fat removal procedure can be performed at any age. Patients should remember that most people will start losing facial fat during their 20s and 30s. If the fat is removed before that time, they will have a face that looks too skinny or an unhealthy appearance.

The results of cheek reduction surgery are permanent. However, patients that gain a significant amount of weight over time may have their cheeks plump again.

Buccal fat removal Miami can be performed with several other procedures to improve the overall appearance of the face:

• Blepharoplasty
• Mid-Facelift
• Neck Lift
• Chin Augmentation
– Lip Implants

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