Some people are genetically predisposed to having more fat in their cheeks. Chubby cheek fat is called buccal fat and those with too much of it can look ‘rounder,’ or younger than their age. These natural fat pads that sit just underneath the cheek hollows can be a constant annoyance and affect an individual’s self-confidence. Cheek liposuction is used as a chubby cheeks treatment at Cosmos Aesthetics Adelaide, delivering effective results in less than an hour.
Even slim or athletic women and men can be afflicted with stubborn buccal fat that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. Using Vaser lower facial liposuction, the buccal fat is removed in order to thin out the inner cheeks, resulting in a slimmer, more symmetrical face and more defined profile.
To contour the face by removing chubby cheeks, the Vaser cheek liposuction procedure needs small incisions to insert a tiny ultrasound-emitting probe. The ultrasound energy will effectively melt the unwanted fat to a liquid consistency, allowing for easier and gentler removal than other methods of liposuction. During the procedure, collagen production is also stimulated, prompting the skin to tighten after the procedure. The technologically advanced method can produce defined results, creating a harmonious and balance appearance. The procedure can take as little as 30 minutes and is associated with less downtime than with other methods of liposuction.
*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Aesthetics, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post operation.
Why choose chubby cheeks removal at Cosmos Aesthetics Adelaide?
One of the biggest advantages of buccal fat removal is that results are permanent. It’s important to keep your weight steady, however, because excessive weight gain or loss can affect the final outcome of your procedure. Furthermore, the treatment is relatively quick – only 30 minutes – and can be performed at your doctor’s clinic using twilight sedation and local anaesthesia.
Who is the best candidate for chubby cheeks (buccal fat) treatment?
Buccal fat removal is typically recommended for patients who are over 18 years of age. This ensures that the face is fully developed which carries less risk of complications in the long-term. The ideal candidate has a genetic predisposition for naturally soft and round cheeks and wants to reduce the amount of fat in this area.
Patients may experience some swelling, bruising, soreness and burning sensations immediately after treatment. These symptoms are only temporary and should gradually subside over the next couple of weeks. Most people can resume their normal activities in two to three days, however, a full recovery and final results from cheek liposuction may require up to a month or even six months.
You can support an efficient recovery by following the instructions that will be given to you at your consultation. Instructions and recovery tips might include:
To wear a liposuction compression garment, usually full time for one week and only at night for two weeks
To take pain medication
To care for the incision sites by keeping them clean, reducing the risk of infection
To not partake in strenuous exercise and get plenty of rest
To avoid high heat exposure, particularly saunas
To sleep and rest with your head elevated, reducing swelling
To eat healthy and keep hydrated
To notify your doctor of any concerning symptoms
To attend check-up appointments
How much does cheek lipo cost in Adelaide?
Costs of cheek liposuction will differ from patient to patient, as costs are measured on various factors. These factors can include:
Condition of the treatment area/s
Amount of fat that has to be removed
Your body type
Type of anaesthesia used
Total time spent in surgery
Your aesthetic needs
As a guide to costs:
Vaser liposuction costs start from $5,500
Initial consultation fees start from $120 and can be up to $330
We recommend booking a consultation at Cosmos Aesthetics in Adelaide to receive an accurate quote. The purpose of the consultation is to assess your suitability for treatment, discuss your goals for the procedure, and develop a personalised treatment plan, which will help one of our doctors to calculate your total costs.
Cheek liposuction can be performed in conjunction with other procedures. If this is an option that you are interested in, you can discuss it with your doctor during your consultation. Combining procedures will increase the total costs but can save costs that would otherwise be involved with undergoing multiple procedures to treat each area separately.
What are the possible risks of buccal fat liposuction?
Complications from buccal fat removal with Vaser liposuction are rare. As with any medical procedure, however, it’s possible to experience some side effects. Patients are advised to choose a qualified and experienced liposuction expert. Additionally, as long as all preparation and post-operative instructions are followed carefully, most people have a speedy and successful recovery. Possible risks include:
Tenderness or pain
Facial nerve damage
Numbness or loss of sensation
Blood clots under the skin
Edema or build-up of fluid under the skin
How can Vaser tighten the skin on the cheeks?
The skin-tightening process works by stimulating collagen production, which is what the heat from the ultrasound energy can do while melting the unwanted fat. The skin tightens over time and conforms to the slimmer shape of the face. This creates defined results and prevents the issue of loose skin after liposuction.
Can I have other procedures at the same time as my cheeks lipo?
Yes, both surgical and non-surgical treatments may be performed at the same time if cheek liposuction if the patient prefers. Be sure to discuss this option with your doctor during your consultation, if combining procedures is an option that you are interested in.
When will results show?
The face can look slimmer straight after treatment, depending on how much fat is removed, but any swelling or bruising will need to subside before the results can be fully noticeable. Generally, the body can take about a month to six months to completely heal, although most of the swelling can subside a lot sooner, revealing the results soon after treatment.
Is buccal fat removal with liposuction permanent?
Results from buccal fat removal are permanent. Once the fat cells have been removed, they will not regenerate or grow back. Keep in mind that gaining or losing too much weight can change the appearance of fat deposit in other areas of the face and impact your overall appearance. To make sure that your results will be permanent, you can maintain your current weight by following healthy diet and exercise habits. The tightening effect that the ultrasound energy from the Vaser liposuction technology can have on the skin in the treated area can be long-term. However, the natural aging process that involves a slowing of collagen production will continue and can cause the skin to slowly sag with age. Maintaining a skincare routine that incorporates high quality anti-aging products can help to prevent skin laxity over time.
Will I feel any pain during cheek liposuction?
Local anaesthetic is required during Vaser lower facial liposuction, therefore, no pain should be felt while the procedure is taking place. General anaesthesia may be an option, if patients prefer. You are able to discuss the type of anaesthetic that you would like to be used during your consultation with one of our doctors at our Adelaide clinic.
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