Buccal fat treatment is a type of facial contouring procedure that involves removing unwanted fat from the lower cheeks. The technique used to eliminate these buccal fat pads and achieve a slimmer, more symmetrical and chiseled profile is called Vaser liposuction.
A person doesn’t have to be overweight to have excess buccal fat. In fact, round, chubby cheeks can be a hereditary trait, occurring even in slim and athletic individuals. Those afflicted with this condition can feel that their face is chubby or looks like a “baby face.” The lack of definition can negatively impact a person’s self-confidence.
If the size of your cheeks is out of proportion with the rest of your face, having buccal fat liposuction can give you a more harmonious appearance. The treatment can be performed in as in little as 30 minutes and the results are permanent. Keep in mind that for optimum results you should keep your weight steady as any weight gain or loss can affect the final outcome.
Who is the best candidate for chubby cheeks (buccal fat) treatment?
The procedure is ideal for patients who feel that their face is too round or chubby. The best candidates are those within 20 pounds of their goal weight and have excess buccal fat (and not roundness caused by weight gain). Also, some patients may have a square or wide jaw from overdeveloped masseters (jaw muscles). In this case muscle relaxing injections (also known as anti-wrinkle injections) can help slim the jawline.
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 by 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
It’s normal to 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 2-3 days: however, a full recovery and final results from cheek liposuction may require up to a month.
How much does the procedure cost?
Vaser Liposuction price starts from $4,400
Initial consultation is between $150 – $220
Is buccal fat pad removal permanent?
Once the buccal fat pads have been removed they’re gone forever and the results are permanent. What happens is someone gains weight after the procedure? The good news is the buccal fat pads won’t grow back; however, weight gain in other areas of the face can affect the results.
What are the possible complications of buccal fat liposuction?
Buccal fat Vaser liposuction is a very safe procedure with a low rate of complications; however, as with any medical procedure it possible to have side-effects. These include: infection, bleeding, poor healing or injury to facial nerves. Patients are advised to choose a qualified and experienced board certified cosmetic surgeon. Additionally, as long as all post-operative instructions are followed carefully, most people have a speedy and successful recovery.
Is buccal fat removal right for me?
Depending on your facial structure and aesthetic goals, buccal fat liposuction can help you achieve a slimmer and more contoured profile. The procedure is not for everyone, however. Keep in mind that as we age, our face loses volume and subcutaneous fat. It’s possible for your cheeks to look too hollow or deep after 10-20 years. It’s best to schedule a consultation with an experienced buccal fat liposuction specialist to know for sure if this procedure is right for you.
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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.