Chubby cheeks are adorable on babies, but they’re often not as desirable in adulthood. Buccal fat removal is a great way to reduce cheek size and add definition to your face. If you’ve never heard of buccal fat, you’re not alone. If you suck your cheeks in to make a “fishy face”, you’ve just pinpointed your buccal fat pads.
If fullness in this area is a concern for you, buccal fat removal may just be the solution to achieving the contoured cheeks that you desire. Stepping out knowing that you look like the best version of yourself adds a sense of self-confidence wherever you go, giving you that extra boost you get from looking and feeling your most beautiful every day.
It’s not surprising that 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic is the premier facial rejuvenation destination in the Lower Mainland. That’s because our entire team works together to provide superior care, whether you’re looking for surgical or non-surgical options to create your desired results.
We provide the gold standard in facial cosmetic surgery and we settle for nothing less than the best when it comes to treating our valued patients, putting you at ease in knowing that you’re under the best care.
Led by one of North America’s most skilled dual board-certified cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, we provide our patients a full 360° spectrum of surgical and non-surgical treatments to meet your facial rejuvenation goals. Dr. Buonassisi carefully assesses each patient’s unique anatomy and needs to create a surgical plan that’s as individual as you are—giving you the confidence that you’re in the most skilled hands for your buccal fat removal procedure.
Entrusting your facial appearance in the right hands means finding the right surgeon to perform your buccal fat removal procedure. We’re proud to be the home of one of the country’s most skilled cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, and it’s easy to see his prestige by the numbers:
As a highly skilled master in this complex and specialized field, you can feel confident in placing yourself in Dr. Buonassisi’s expert care.
Book your complimentary consultation appointment with 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic to learn more about buccal fat removal and other surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation options and discover a treatment plan that’s tailored to your unique needs and goals. Give us a call at (604) 733-1669 or book a consultation online to get started with your comprehensive treatment plan.
Buccal fat removal is a great facial rejuvenation option for reducing the appearance of full cheeks and there are plenty of benefits to this procedure:
If you feel that your face is overly round, buccal fat removal may be the right procedure to slim and sculpt the lower third of the face, giving you permanent, contoured results that you’ll love.
Buccal fat surgery removes fat from the lower part of your cheeks, contouring your face and creating definition. Buccal fat pads are located deep under the muscles of the lower cheeks. The size of your buccal fat pads is different for each person—and sometimes large buccal fat pads are hereditary, meaning that no amount of diet or exercise will affect their size.
What does buccal fat removal do? This surgical procedure reduces the size of these pads by about 3 to 4 cubic centimetres, depending on the patient. The result is a slimmer face as this procedure decreases the fullness of the cheeks and creates beautiful, natural definition.
People with prominent buccal fat pads often describe themselves as having “chubby cheeks.” While sometimes this can be the result of being overweight, the size of the buccal fat pads may be genetic. How do you know if you’re a good candidate for buccal fat removal? Buccal fat removal surgery may be right for you if you have any of these concerns:
Good buccal fat removal candidates are typically within 20 pounds of their goal weight and are aged 25 years and older. By this age, the face will usually have slimmed out naturally, but if you still have full cheeks, buccal fat removal might be a wonderful facial rejuvenation option for you.
Buccal fat removal is a minimally invasive surgical procedure done under local anesthetic. Dr. Buonassisi places a small incision on the inside of the cheeks just above the upper molars. The tissues of the cheeks are gently separated to expose the buccal fat pads. He expertly decreases the fullness of the cheek by removing a portion of fat in the precise amount that best suits your individual goals. Dr. Buonassisi then closes the incision with dissolvable stitches and repeats the process for the other cheek.
Many patients compare buccal fat removal to a dental procedure where you’re reclined with your mouth open. Because the surgery is performed from inside your mouth, there is no visible incision, stitches, or scarring on your face.
As a minimally invasive procedure, the downtime and recovery after buccal fat removal is very little. Visible results after buccal fat removal are immediate, but patients should expect a normal amount of post-operative swelling for 7 to 10 days after surgery.
Patients can typically resume their usual activities, but most take a few days before returning to work or social activities to allow most of the swelling to subside. Full results of your procedure are usually seen after 2 to 3 months post-surgery as your skin settles into the newly hollowed area where the buccal fat once was.
One of the common questions on patients’ minds: is buccal fat removal permanent? The great news is that your newly defined, slimmer cheeks will remain that way for good! Even if you gain weight, your buccal fat pads won’t grow back.
As buccal fat removal reduces the size of the cheeks, many patients choose to sculpt other areas of the face as part of a holistic facial rejuvenation treatment plan. A non-surgical chin implant can also give a beautiful result for round-faced patients who may also have a weaker, recessed chin or jawline. Other patients may wish to enhance the prominence of their cheekbones with dermal fillers, or you might elect a non-surgical rhinoplasty to define your nose.
Learn more about buccal fat removal surgery and other facial rejuvenation options and visit 8 West Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Clinic for your complimentary consultation and skin assessment. Book a consultation online or by calling our patient care managers at 604-733-1669.