Buccal Fat Removal

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Buccal fat removal surgery offers enhanced facial contouring by reducing excess fat in the cheeks, helping to improve the appearance of fullness and giving a slight sculpt to the face.

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Buccal Fat Removal Surgery in Vancouver, BC

Cheek fullness, or “chubby cheeks” are something that tends to naturally diminish as we exit adolescence, but for some this isn’t always the case. Many people may retain the fullness in their cheeks throughout adulthood. If fullness in this area is a concern for you, buccal fat removal surgery may be the solution to achieving the cheeks you want.


A Precision Approach

Performed by one of Canada’s leading facial cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, buccal fat removal surgery is a permanent way to reduce cheek size and add the desired amount of definition to your face. Whether it’s to reduce full cheeks, or to simply define your cheeks and face more, step out into the world knowing that you look and feel like the best version of yourself.

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The Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

For those who genetically have fuller cheeks, or who simply wish to diminish the appearance of chubbier cheeks, buccal fat removal is a safe and effective surgery, immediately resulting in:

  • Less puffy cheeks
  • More symmetrical cheeks
  • More defined cheeks
  • A slimmer cheek to chin line (V-line)
  • A more heart-shaped facial appearance

Buccal fat removal is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that is pain-free with little downtime, and no visible scarring. One of the common questions on patients’ minds is, “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.

If you feel that your face and cheeks are overly round, buccal fat removal surgery may be the right procedure to slim and sculpt the lower third of the face, giving you permanent, contoured results that you’ll love.

Our Process

Our unique comprehensive approach focuses on 360º treatment plans bespoke to no one else but you. We aim to help you achieve the best version of yourself—no matter where your starting point is.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for buccal fat removal surgery?

The first thing we typically do to help assess your candidacy is to do what we colourfully refer to as a “duck pout test” or a “fish face test”. Try to suck in your cheeks as if doing a duck pout or a fish face; if you can feel your cheek fat in-between your jaws, this means you are likely a candidate for surgery. 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. Buccal Fat Removal can address concerns of puffy, full cheeks, asymmetrical cheeks, or round cheeks that don't decrease in size with weight loss. Ideal Buccal Fat Removal candidates are typically aged 25 years and older, as by this age the face will usually have slimmed out naturally. If you find that you are above this age and still have full cheeks, Buccal Fat Removal surgery may be a wonderful facial contouring option for you.

How long does it take to recover from buccal fat removal surgery?

As Buccal Fat Removal is a minimally invasive procedure, the downtime and recovery 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 for 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.

How is buccal fat removal surgery performed?

Buccal Fat Removal is a minimally invasive surgical procedure done under local anesthetic, which many compare to a dental procedure, as you will be in a reclined position with your mouth open. Because the surgery is performed from inside your mouth, there are no visible incisions, stitches, or scars on your face. Dr. Thomas Buonassisi expertly performs this surgery by making small incisions on the inside of the cheeks, just above the upper molars. The tissues of the cheek are then gently separated to expose the buccal fat pads. A precise amount of buccal fat is removed, this amount differs per person and is determined by your individual goals and facial structure. The procedure is then completed by sealing incisions with stitches.


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Mary D.
Buccal Fat Removal

Service was great! From the moment I walked into their office at the front, to consult, surgery and post op. Dr. Buonassisi didn’t rush the consult process and was very calm and told me realistically what my results would be— very subtle. Would definitely recommend the staff here and Dr.buonassisi!!

Jessica G.
Buccal Fat Removal

I had the Buccal Fat Removal Procedure done with Dr. Buonassisi. All the staff were incredible! I've never felt more supported, heard, and taken care of. The procedure itself was quick, and painless. The nurses were encouraging and held my hand throughout the process. The results are amazing!

Sarah T.
Buccal Fat Removal

I got my Buccal Fat Removal done with Dr. Buonassisi at the 8 West Clinic. Overall it went really smoothly from start to finish. I am very happy with the end result and now feel more confident. Would highly recommend.

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