What is Buccal Fat Removal?

The goal of buccal fat removal is to accentuate the cheekbones and sharpen the jawline by extracting a small and precise portion of the buccal fat pad located within the cheeks.

While the buccal fat pad is a natural part of everyone's cheek anatomy, its size can differ from person to person. By reducing or eliminating this pad, a slimmer, more sculpted appearance can be achieved in the cheeks. Since it's minimally invasive and requires low downtime, it's a good option for those who want to see meaningful facial sculpting without extensive surgery.

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Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

Defined cheekbones and a sculpted jawline can significantly boost confidence, shorten makeup routines, and harmonize facial features with body proportions. Buccal fat removal can effectively address self-esteem issues related to "baby face" or "chipmunk cheeks" and is a great option for those seeking to refine and slenderize their facial contours. Patients can enjoy:

  • Improved definition of cheekbones and jawline
  • V-shaped jawline contours
  • Minimally invasive procedure with a short recovery time
  • No general anesthesia necessary

Buccal Fat Removal Candidates

Typically, individuals seeking a reduction in cheek fullness and a more slender facial profile are suitable candidates for this treatment. Eligible candidates should be in good overall health, at or near their target weight, and non-smokers. Typically, those best suited for this procedure are aged between their 20s and 40s, with a fully matured facial structure and no evident signs of age-related volume depletion.

Preparing for Buccal Fat Removal

Before your scheduled appointment, you may be required to undergo lab tests, and we will advise you to refrain from taking any blood-thinning medications, including those available over the counter. Dr. Horn is dedicated to customizing every procedure to suit the specific requirements of each individual patient. During your consultation for Boca Raton buccal fat removal, he will assess your facial structure and review your medical background, and together, you will decide whether you are an optimal candidate for the procedure.

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Dr. Horn will begin by administering general anesthetic to ensure that no pain will be felt during the procedure. Once you are under, an incision will be made inside the cheek, and Dr. Horn will delicately remove part of the buccal fat pad and then close the incision using dissolvable sutures. Using advanced surgical skills, Dr. Horn will remove the precise amount of tissue to ensure optimally enhanced results.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

Recovery after this procedure typically lasts about seven to ten days, with some tenderness or swelling lasting about two to three weeks. Optimal results are typically seen around three to four months after the procedure, and results are permanent.

Why Dr. Horn?

At Michael Horn Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, our commitment is to delivering unparalleled care, achieving remarkable aesthetic outcomes, and catering to each patient's unique needs. Dr. Michael Horn, distinguished Boca Raton plastic surgeon, is a RealSelf, New Beauty, and Vitals top doctor. He has also been recognized by various media outlets including TV shows, magazine articles, and radio programs including InTouch and Allure. Along with his team, Dr. Horn not only demonstrates surgical excellence but also prioritizes the highest level of patient support.

Schedule your Boca Raton Buccal Fat Removal Consultation at Michael Horn Plastic Surgery & Med Spa Today

Call us now at (312) 202-9000 to book your comprehensive consultation and learn more about whether you're a candidate for this procedure. Potential patients can also message us at any time on our website or submit our helpful online consultation form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General anesthesia is typically used for the procedure, so you’ll be completely asleep and won’t feel any pain.

When this procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced professional, it is considered very safe.

Buccal fat will not grow back and is not affected by weight loss or gain, so this is a permanent procedure.

If too much buccal fat is removed or if this procedure is performed on a patient who is already losing facial fat due to aging, it could accelerate that appearance. For those who are optimal candidates, the result will only be improvement.

The cost of buccal fat removal in Boca Raton depends on each patient's specific treatment plan and the details of the procedure, including how much fat is to be removed.