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Buccal Fat Pad Removal


Buccal Fat Pad Removal (Cheek Reduction)

​​Buccal fat pad removal, sometimes referred to as a cheek reduction, helps to even out cheeks for patients who feel their face feels too full by removing or reducing the fat pad in the cheek hollows to thin the cheeks.​

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should get this procedure and what are the expected results?

​​Those who have full cheeks and want a more defined look will benefit from buccal fat pad removal. Everyone has these natural fat pads in the cheek hollows, but in some they can be fuller than wanted. This reduction can highlight the bone structures of the cheekbones and jawline, leading to a more youthful look.

What should I expect before my procedure?

​​During your consult, we will do a full evaluation of your facial structures, discuss your goals and recommend an individualized surgical plan that takes those goals into account, as well as ethnicity and cultural heritage. All surgeries will include incision points in the mouth for almost invisible scars, and patients will be under general or local anesthesia in an operating room. Most surgeries take one to two hours.

What should I expect after my procedure?

​​Typically, an overnight hospital stay is not needed, and you can go home the same day. Your specific recovery will depend upon the tailored package you choose, but for most patients, some pain, swelling and bruising will be present. Ice packs can help to reduce swelling, bruising and pain for the first 48 hours. If an incision was made in the mouth, you should limit yourself to soft foods for two to three days and rinsing with salt water to keep your incision site clean. After one to two weeks, you may feel well enough to resume normal activities, and stitches may be ready to come out. Results should be apparent after the first month.

What if I’m not ready for surgery?

I​​If you feel a surgical intervention isn’t for you at this time, we offer a range of fillers and skin care treatments that are easy and non-invasive. See our non-surgical services.

Can this be combined with other procedures?

Yes! Common surgeries combined with a buccal fat removal include facelift or neck lift. Other body contouring procedures can be done at the same time. Schedule a consult with one our surgeons to determine what is the best approach for you.

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Why Choose UTMB?


The UTMB Health team at Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics is here to help you fulfill your dreams. Our board-certified/board-eligible surgeons have extensive training and experience in each of their respective specialties. Our dermatologists are leaders in their field, employing the newest and best techniques and tools. Together, the team can address any concerns you may have with your appearance and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan based upon your unique physical features, skin, age, and personal goals.

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