Enhance your cheekbones and reveal a more sculpted look with buccal fat pad removal. Also commonly known as cheek reduction surgery, buccal fat removal is designed to reduce the cherubic, soft and round appearance of the cheeks.
If you’re considering a cheek reduction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Farrior, a master of his craft and double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has practiced in Tampa for nearly 30 years.
The buccal fat occupies a space between the lining of the mouth and its adjacent muscle, the buccinator muscle, and the overlying muscles of facial expression and subcutaneous fat.
This is a space with very little blood supply that is safe and easy to access. The purpose of the buccal fat is to occupy this space and create facial fullness. For this reason, the volume of buccal fat only changes modestly with weight loss or gain and cannot be eliminated by weight loss.
The location of buccal fat deep within the face prevents its removal with liposuction—it requires the skill, specialization and expertise of a facial plastic surgeon.
Dr. Farrior is a sixth-generation physician and distinguished facial plastic surgeon with dual board certifications through the American Board of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is highly sought after for his facial plastics expertise, including buccal fat removal.
Buccal fat pad removal is accomplished with a small incision inside the mouth.
This is usually done under local anesthesia with medications to reduce anxiety and pain. However, if you prefer, it can be performed under general anesthesia, although this is seldom necessary. The buccal fat is about the size of a golf ball or ping-pong ball.
And since buccal fat pad removal is minimally invasive, it can be performed with a number of other procedures, including rhinoplasty, facelift, cheek augmentation, chin augmentation and facial liposuction.
Recovery from buccal fat pad removal has been consistently uneventful.
Because the incision is made within the mouth, you must consume a liquid diet for the first 24 hours after surgery and a soft diet for the next five days.
The incision requires no postoperative care and the sutures that are used dissolve on their own. From five-ten days postoperatively, there will be some swelling which causes your cheeks to appear rounder. After three weeks, the majority of the swelling will have resolved and improvement will be noticeable.
Dr. Farrior is so much more than a doctor – he’s an artist. Dr. Farrior has the right medical knowledge and the artistic vision needed to create harmony among his patients’ facial features. He truly listens to his patients and is always open to their concerns.