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Buccal Fat Removal IN LOS ANGELES, CA


With a cheek reduction, or a buccal fat removal Los Angeles patients who visit Marina Plastic Surgery can reduce the width of their faces. Our board-certified surgeons concentrate on giving women and men amazing, realistic outcomes. By using their keen aesthetic vision, our surgeons work with your facial anatomy to deliver exceptional results. Make an appointment for your Buccal Fat Removal consultation today to learn more about how a Bichectomy can improve your looks and help your face look slimmer.

Even with diet and exercise, some men and women have larger, rounder faces that look bloated or overweight. Genetics may play a role in some cases, but as you get older, fat can accumulate in your cheeks. By surgically eliminating the buccal fat pads, Buccal Fat Removal, also known as buccal lipectomy, decreases fat deposits in your cheeks for thinner cheeks and sculpted facial features.

What are buccal fat pads and buccal fat?

The buccal (cheek) fat pad is a circular collection of buccal fat that is located in the center of your cheek. It is situated between your facial muscles and rests beneath your cheekbone. Each person's buccal fat pads vary in size, which might make you appear to have a "baby face" or look heavier.

Is there a non-surgical alternative to Buccal Fat Removal?

No matter how your face is shaped, at our practice in Los Angeles Buccal Fat Removal is an ideal solution for patients who want a simple, natural-looking contour to their face. Kybella can be utilized to dissolve extra fat and is perfect for many people who are searching for less invasive surgery to resume their daily activities sooner. However, despite having successful outcomes in areas where there is fat, it is not advised to utilize Kybella in the buccal fat area. Conventional liposuction cannot eliminate buccal fat since it does not function similarly to other types of fat. It is challenging to reach without surgical excision due to its deep midface placement. Liposuction can be used to reduce fat from the neck, jowls, or under the chin. When this procedure is combined with Buccal Fat Removal, it is referred to as a "V-contour procedure."

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Buccal Fat Removal Benefits

Removing buccal fat from the cheeks can help people achieve a more defined and attractive facial look. With a buccal fat removal Los Angeles patients can expect to see various benefits that can improve one's appearance and boost self-confidence. Some of these advantages include:

  • Enhanced Facial Contour: Buccal Fat Removal achieves a slimmer and more defined facial contour by reducing excess fat in the cheek area.
  • Youthful Appearance: The procedure can contribute to a more youthful and refreshed look by addressing fullness in the lower cheeks, giving the appearance of a more mature facial profile.
  • Increased Confidence: Aesthetic improvements from this procedure may boost self-esteem and confidence, as individuals may feel more satisfied with their facial aesthetics.
  • Customized Results: The treatment is tailored to each patient's unique facial structure, allowing for personalized and natural-looking outcomes.
  • Non-Surgical Alternative: Compared to other facial contouring methods, Buccal Fat Removal is a minimally invasive option, reducing the need for extensive surgical procedures.
  • Concurrent Recovery: Patients often appreciate the relatively short recovery period associated with this procedure, allowing for a quicker return to normal activities compared to more invasive surgical interventions.

Am I a good candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

The Buccal Fat Removal treatment, which narrows round features, is sometimes carried out concurrently with a facelift, rhinoplasty, or chin implant. Candidates for surgery should be in generally good health and have reasonable expectations of their outcomes

However, not everyone may find Buccal Fat Removal to be the best option. For instance, if you have a narrow face, Parry-Romberg syndrome (a rare skin problem), or you are already losing volume as you age, this procedure is not a possibility for you. Nevertheless, your surgeon will evaluate your facial concerns during your visit and explain your options.

Your Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

It typically takes less than an hour to do your Buccal Fat Removal operation as an outpatient under local anesthesia. First, your surgeon will mark the locations on your lower cheeks with a surgical pen from which fat will be removed. A similar injection to the ones used during dental work will be used to numb your mouth. Although you'll be awake during the procedure, you'll be comfortable the entire time.

The next step involves making a tiny incision inside the cheek, where it is completely concealed from view. Depending on how much buccal fat is removed, either your buccal fat pads are removed or a precise proportion is extracted. Following the cauterization of the residual fat tissue, sutures are placed. Over the course of a few weeks, your sutures will dissolve.

Buccal Fat Removal Recovery

With Buccal Fat Removal Los Angeles patients have no need for drainage tubes, and no one will know you had any surgery done because the incisions are on the inside of your mouth. Your recovery period will be short. You are given post-op care instructions for your incisions as well as a particular mouthwash to avoid infection after your procedure. You must also follow a liquid diet for 24-48 hours before switching to soft meals and refrain from eating anything hard or crunchy for at least seven days.

Expect some bruising and swelling, but these adverse effects will subside. Most patients discover that they feel healthy enough to resume work and their regular activities after about a week. You should refrain from hard lifting and other vigorous activities for at least two weeks. It usually takes three weeks for your incisions to fully heal, but it can take a few months for your cheeks to take on their new contour.


After the buccal fat removal, you may notice some swelling, but this will go away after some weeks to months. However, it may take up to six months for you to see the full results. The effects of the procedure can last a long time, but it depends on factors such as your genes, lifestyle habits, and aging. To maintain the results, it is important to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid major weight changes.

Is Buccal Fat Removal permanent?

Buccal Fat Removal is not a reversible procedure, making its effects largely permanent. This cosmetic surgery involves the removal of a specific amount of fat from the cheeks, resulting in a slimmer facial appearance. While the aging process and natural changes in the face may impact the aesthetic over time, the reduction in cheek fullness achieved through this procedure is generally enduring.

How much does Buccal Fat Removal cost?

The cost of Buccal Fat Removal varies due to the personalized nature of each surgery. Factors influencing the expenses include the surgeon's expertise, geographical location, and the specific techniques and materials employed. Typically, the cost encompasses surgical fees, anesthesia, and facility charges. Surgeons may also consider additional factors, such as consultation fees and post-operative care, in their pricing structure. Combination procedures, if undertaken alongside Buccal Fat Removal, can also contribute to variations in costs.

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A Buccal Fat Removal in Los Angeles can be the best option for you if you're frustrated by the appearance of your cheeks, which you feel is overly full or bloated. Your cheekbones can be contoured during this method, giving your mid-face an attractive and symmetrical appearance. The best way to gauge if Buccal Fat Removal is right for you is to schedule a private consultation with one of our surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery.

Buccal Fat Removal Frequently Asked Questions

Your surgery is performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation combined with local anesthesia. The doctor will provide you with medication after your buccal fat removal to treat any soreness, swelling, or bruising. Most of the swelling will go away after the first week, and these side effects subside in a few days.

Gaining more than 20 pounds could result in a little cheek bulge. It's crucial that you wait until you believe you have reached a stable, realistic weight for your body before having surgery for this reason.

Buccal Fat Removal surgery is safe and effective. However, some risks and side effects include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and asymmetry of the face.

Medical insurance does not pay for the cosmetic procedure of Buccal Fat Removal. For your convenience, Marina Plastic Surgery offers payment and financing options.

No, the removed buccal fat does not regenerate, and its absence remains permanent. However, factors like aging and genetics can influence the facial structure over the years, potentially altering the initial outcome of the buccal fat removal procedure.


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