Buccal fat is the pads of fat located in the lower part of the cheeks. People with prominent buccal fat pads often described themselves as having “chubby cheeks”. Some people have chubby cheeks as a result of being overweight, while others have a genetic predisposition and inherit the feature from a parent. Vancouver buccal fat removal (also called cheek reduction) may be an option for people who want to reduce the size of their cheeks. The result of the surgery is a slimmer facial appearance with more contoured cheeks.
Dr. Buonassisi places a small incision inside the mouth just above the upper molars. The tissues of the cheek are gently separated to expose the buccal fat. Three to four cc’s of fat are removed, depending on each patient, to decrease the fullness of the cheeks. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable stitches. Some swelling and bruising is expected but are generally mild.
Vancouver buccal fat removal surgery is most commonly performed on people aged 25 years of age and older. Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Buonassisi recommends that patients wait until they reach this age to have the surgery, since the face tends to slim out in most people as we age.
You may be a candidate for cheek implants if you have any of the following physical features: