Buccal fat pad removal

Buccal fat pad is a cluster of fat in the deeper lower part of your cheeks, just lateral to the corner of your mouth bilaterally.  This gives the appearance of a more round face.  Removal of the buccal fat pad creates a more contoured face and gives the appearance of higher cheekbones.

What is Buccal fat pad removal surgery?

The surgery is performed with small incisions inside the mouth.  Depending on the patient, this can be done under local anesthesia with oral pain medication or under general anesthesia.  The fat pad is removed and resorbable sutures are used to close the incisions.

Can this surgery be performed with other surgery?

Yes, this procedure can be combined with other surgery.

What is the recovery?

The procedure is done as an outpatient.  Restrictions after surgery include using a special mouthwash for a week after surgery, avoid trauma to the cheek especially while brushing your teeth, avoid foods that are spicy or have high acid content until the incision is healed, and hard crunchy food such as chips for 2 -3 weeks until complete healing occurs.  Keeping your head elevated to reduce swelling even while sleeping is recommended.