Vaser liposuction is a minimally-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound to break down the fat first before removing it with liposuction. This technique is very popular because it removes stubborn buccal fat pats and gives the face a slimmer appearance without requiring patients to go under the knife.
Buccal fat pad reduction, also called cheek fat reduction, is a procedure that removes excess fat from the lower part of the cheeks. Some people are genetically predisposed to having more fat in this area. The goal is to create a slimmer, more defined and sculpted face for those who are naturally born with too much buccal cheek fat.
The cheek buccal fat responds very well to liposuction. The procedure takes less than an hour and can be done under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia. Patient can go home shortly after treatment. Buccal fat liposuction can be performed alongside other non-surgical treatments such as muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers.
Who is the best candidate for chubby cheeks (buccal fat) treatment?
You’re a good candidate for buccal fat liposuction if you have excess cheek fat that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. You should be physically healthy and at a stable weight. You should also have realistic expectations about the final outcome of the procedure. Buccal fat removal will help you face look more contoured without drastically altering your appearance.
How is the treatment performed?
Vaser liposuction involves making tiny incisions (usually under the earlobes) then injecting a tumescent solution which contains a local anaesthetic. This is followed inserting a thin ultrasound-emitting probe to liquefy fat cells in the cheeks first before they are permanently suctioned away. Ultrasound energy has an added benefit of tightening the skin by stimulating the contraction of collagen fibers and production of firmer, healthier skin.
What to expect after the procedure
There may be some redness, swelling and possible bruising post procedure but most patients can return to work immediately after. Areas such as lips can swell considerably for the first 48 hours and return to normal in a couple of days. Bruising can be covered up with makeup if necessary.
How much does the procedure cost?
Prices start from $350
Discounts are available for additional syringes
Initial consultation is between $120 – $150, redeemable upon treatment
What are the benefits of buccal fat liposuction?
Minimally-invasive with minimal downtime
Performed under twilight sedation, no need for general anaesthetic
Results are permanent (as long as patients keep a steady weight)
Slims the face and improves facial shape and contours
Boosts self-confidence and satisfaction with one’s appearance
What’s the difference between removing buccal fat with Vaser vs. surgery?
Surgery to excise buccal fat normally requires going under general anaesthesia and having the surgeon make an incision on the inside of your mouth. Then the buccal fat pad is slowly removed little by little until the desired amount of fat is gone. Vaser on the other hand is a non-surgical procedure that gives similar results to surgery without going under general anaesthesia. Instead of surgically excising the fat, it’s removed with ultrasound and liposuction.
What are the risks of Vaser liposuction?
All medical procedures carry some risks and facial liposuction is no exception. You can minimise serious complications by choosing a cosmetic surgeon who is well trained and experienced in Vaser liposuction. The following are some minor risks associated with facial liposuction:
Swelling, tenderness and bruising
Damage to facial nerves
Numbness or loss of sensation in the treatment area
Infection, scarring, bleeding and blood clots under the skin
Edema or buildup of fluid under the skin
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*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Clinic, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post operation.