Round, chubby cheeks can be a hereditary trait, occurring even in slim and athletic individuals. It results from having excess fat in this area (called buccal fat), and it can give the illusion of fullness or a “baby face.” The lack of definition and contour in the face can greatly affect a person’s self-confidence. Cosmos Aesthetics Gold Coast performs cheek liposuction, or lower facial liposuction, to address chubby cheeks and create a more defined and contoured appearance.
Chubby cheeks can be a stubborn area to slim. Even when patients have tried facial exercises, following a healthy diet, facial massages and reducing water retention, the facial fat can still remain noticeable. As a chubby cheeks treatment, Cosmos Aesthetics uses the state-of-the-art technology Vaser Liposuction to remove the unwanted fat.
To perform the Vaser cheek liposuction procedure, tiny incisions are made, usually under the earlobes, before a tumescent solution containing a local anaesthetic is injected. Then, an ultrasound-emitting probe is inserted to melt the stubborn fat cells in the area. The method of melting the fat before it is suctioned away creates a gentler removal, as the surrounding tissue is less likely to be damaged than when extracting the fat with a traditional liposuction method. As a bonus, the ultrasound energy stimulates collagen production, creating tighter skin that contributes to the toned and defined results.
*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 cheek liposuction, Gold Coast?
If you struggle with the appearance of unwanted fat in your cheeks, cheek liposuction can restore harmony and balance to your face. The procedure can take as little as 30 minutes to perform and will create permanent results, with the maintenance of a healthy weight.
Who is the best candidate for cheek liposuction?
Generally, you may be a good candidate if you meet the following criteria:
You are bothered by stubborn fat in your cheeks that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise
You are over 18 years of age and will not be affected by future growth
Results are instantly noticeable, and recovery is minimal after Vaser cheek liposuction to remove chubby cheeks. After treatment, patients are able to return straight home, and should be able to return to work or usual daily actives after one week. Patients can experience swelling and bruising, however, that can interfere with the visibility of the results for a couple of weeks. Therefore, we generally say that the complete results of the treatment can be visible at about six months after treatment once the swelling has completely subsided.
Your Cosmos Aesthetics Gold Coast doctor will give you some recovery instructions that you will need to follow during your initial consultation, that are tailored to your personalised procedure. Recovery instructions are put in place to ensure the best results, and to minimise the chance of side effects and complications occurring during the body’s healing process.
Recovery instructions, or advice, can include:
Wearing liposuction compression garments (full time for one week, then at night for two weeks)
Managing pain with prescribed medication
Taking care of your surgical sites as instructed
Avoiding strenuous exercise
Avoiding excessive heat exposure, such as saunas
Sleeping with your head elevated for at least two weeks to reduce swelling
Listening to your body and reporting any concerning symptoms to your doctor
Maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated
Attending post-surgical check-ups
How much does cheek liposuction cost in the Gold Coast?
The costs associated with cheek liposuction will vary from individual to individual. Each procedure will be difference, as it will be tailored to the patient’s needs, procedure goals, and personal factors.
As a guide to chubby cheeks removal costs:
Vaser cheek liposuction costs start from $5,500
Your initial consultation fee will be between $120 – $330
Costs can play an important part in the decision to undergo a liposuction procedure. At Cosmos Aesthetics Gold Coast, we understand that receiving a personalised quote can help. Therefore, we recommend booking a consultation with us to discuss your personal goals for surgery, so that we can develop a treatment plan that is designed to suit your needs.
Generally, the costs of cheek liposuction with Vaser will depend on:
The particular treatment areas
The amount of fat that will be removed from the treatment area
The patient’s body type
The type of anaesthetic used
The amount of time spent in surgery
The patient’s aesthetic goals
A factor that can increase the procedure costs is whether or not you would like to combine your cheek liposuction treatment with other liposuction treatments performed on additional areas of your body. Treating multiple areas at once can increase the costs at first, however, it will generally reduce the overall costs in the long run, as you won’t be undergoing multiple separate procedures to treat each area. If you are interested in treating other areas of your body with liposuction, you can discuss this option with your doctor during your consultation at our Gold Coast clinic.
Possible complications of chubby cheeks treatment with liposuction
All surgeries will carry some degree of risks, even though Vaser liposuction is associated with less side effects and complications than traditional liposuction methods. Your doctor can explain the risks that are associated with Vaser cheek liposuction in more detail during your initial consultation. Additionally, you will receive some personalised preparation and recovery instructions that you should follow in order to promote successful healing and reduce risks. Throughout your recovery, monitor your health and make sure that you report any concerning symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible.
Possible complications can include:
Pain or numbness
Injury to facial nerves
What is Vaser liposuction technology?
Vaser liposuction is designed with highly advanced technology and an innovative, gentler method of liposuction than other methods. Vaser incorporates ultrasound energy to break down the stubborn fat cells in the treatment area before the fat is suctioned out. The method of melting the fat first will prevent harm to surrounding tissues in the treated area, unlike traditional liposuction methods in which the fat had to be more invasively taken out of the area and would sometimes leave lumpy or uneven results. With Vaser, the heat from the ultrasound energy also works to tighten the skin in the treated area, as it stimulates collagen production.
What will happen to the skin in the treated area after cheek liposuction?
During the cheek liposuction procedure with Vaser, collagen production is stimulated which causes the skin to tighten in the treated area, naturally conforming to the new face shape.
Who is not a good candidate for the procedure?
If you are very thin and do not have very much fat in your cheeks, cheek liposuction is likely not a good option for you. Smokers, individuals with certain health conditions, and those who may not hold realistic expectations as to what can be achieved with Vaser cheek liposuction may also not be considered as good candidates. However, ultimately, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for chubby cheeks removal is to book a consultation, so that we can assess your situation and consider your goals for treatment.
Can I have other procedures alongside cheeks lipo?
Lower facial liposuction is often performed with other treatments – both surgical and non-surgical. A complementary treatment is muscle relaxing injections to the masseters which can help achieve a slimmer jawline. It can also be done at the same time as a facelift, blepharoplasty, neck lift or chin augmentation. If combining other procedures with cheek liposuction is an option that interests you, you can discuss this with your doctor during your consultation, so that a personalised treatment plan can be developed.
When will I have my results?
Patients can see immediate results but swelling will need to fully subside before the full results can be noticeable. Results are usually fully developed at six months after the procedure.
Are liposuction results permanent?
Yes, results from cheek liposuction with Vaser will permanently remove the unwanted fat. To ensure the permanency of the desired results, patients will need to stay at a stable weight and prevent significant weight gain after the procedure, as weight gain can expand the remaining fat cells in the treated area. The tightening of the skin is long-term, but we recommend following a healthy, anti-aging skincare routine to continue to prevent skin laxity, as the body’s natural aging process that causes collagen production to slow down will still continue to take place.
How is cheek liposuction different from buccal fat removal?
Both buccal fat pad removal, or buccal lipectomy, and cheek liposuction procedures are designed to remove chubby cheeks. However, buccal fat pad removal is performed on the inside of the mouth, while cheek liposuction is performed using incisions on the outside if the face to remove the unwanted fat using a cannula and vacuum device.
Is cheek lipo the same as body lipo?
Cheek liposuction and body liposuction are the same, while cheek liposuction usually requires the removal of less fat than body liposuction.
What should I do to prepare for my procedure?
During your consultation, your doctor will give you instructions and advice on how to prepare for your cheek liposuction. In general, patients are advised to stop smoking for a set amount of time, avoid certain medications and supplements, and look after their physical health in the time leading up to the procedure. To feel organised for your recovery in time for your procedure, you can prepare healthy meals in advance, make sure that you have comfortable clothing, fill any needed prescriptions, and arrange for someone to take you home from the hospital.
Is Vaser cheek lipo painful?
The Vaser cheek liposuction procedure requires local anaesthesia and twilight sedation, so patients should not feel any pain at all during the procedure.
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