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What is buccal fat pad removal?

The buccal fat pad is a small, triangular-shaped piece of fat located in the lower half of each cheek. It is responsible for giving the face fullness and roundness. Buccal fat removal is a procedure designed to remove the pads of fat in the cheek hollows that can contribute to a round or chubby facial appearance. When this fat pad is removed, the facial structure appears more contoured and sculpted, revealing the cheekbones. While buccal fat removal is a relatively simple procedure, it is still very important to have your candidacy reviewed by one of our board-certified surgeons to ensure it is the right procedure for you.

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Why choose OG Aesthetics for buccal fat pad removal?

When considering buccal fat pad removal, it is important to choose a surgeon who is experienced in the latest advances in facial enhancement. Our two board-certified plastic surgeons are at the leading edge in the latest advancements in the art of plastic surgery. 

You can expect a supportive, nurturing experience under the care of a professional who is focused on achieving your personal aesthetic vision. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, allowing Dr. Gadaleta and Dr. Ortlip to offer an array of refined rejuvenating procedures and minimally invasive treatments. 

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What are the benefits of buccal fat pad removal?

Buccal fat pad removal is a cosmetic procedure that slims the face and redefines the cheeks.

  • The procedure involves making small incisions inside the mouth, which results in no visible scarring. 
  • The results of buccal fat pad removal are permanent. 
  • There is minimal downtime associated with the procedure, and most patients can return to their normal activities within 3-4 days.

If you are unhappy with the fullness of your face or would like to improve the definition of your cheeks, buccal fat pad removal may be right for you.

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What can I expect from the procedure?

Our surgeons will make a small incision inside the cheek, which is almost undetectable once healed. They will then carefully remove the buccal fat pad through this incision. This minimally invasive technique leaves no visible scarring. Additionally, because the incision is so small, postoperative swelling and bruising are uncommon after the procedure. Our doctors generally do not remove the entire fat pad because this could lead to a sunken or gaunt appearance. By removing a specific quantity of the fat pad, they can create a more youthful and refreshed look. 

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Am I a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal?

Not everyone is a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will consider your entire facial structure to determine the most effective treatment to create a more youthful and balanced look before embarking on any procedures.

In many cases if you have the following concerns, you could be a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have you set realistic beauty standards for yourself
  • You don't smoke cigarettes or do drugs 
  • The excess round look of your facial structure bothers you

You may not be a good candidate for buccal fat removal if you are:

  • Over the age of 50 (generally we lose fat in our face as we age) 
  • You have a naturally thin or narrow face 
  • You have a rare skin disorder

Your candidacy will ultimately be decided by one of our board-certified surgeons at your consultation.

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Do I need to take time off work for my buccal fat pad removal?

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your surgical sites, prescribe medications to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and schedule your follow-up appointments. 

It is important that you follow all instructions carefully to help ensure a successful outcome. You will be instructed to stay on a liquid diet for several days or longer following buccal fat removal surgery. Your surgeon may also suggest special mouth rinses to reduce the risk of infection. 

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