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Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Toronto men and women bothered by the presence of excessive cheek fat, technically called buccal fat, often complain of looking young, swollen, or even "chipmunky." Surgical removal of the buccal fat pads can drastically improve the appearance of the face, reducing visual heaviness along the jawline and creating a defined, proportionate look.

What Is Buccal Fat?

The term "buccal fat" refers to the pads of subcutaneous fat that exist naturally along the jawline. Although everybody has buccal fat, some people - men and women alike - have very prominent pads which can create unwanted visual weight, especially in the lower face. While a youthful-looking face is often an objective in aesthetic medicine, people bothered by excessive buccal fat often complain about having a "baby face" that can make them feel self-conscious.

Buccal fat removal is an effective option for reducing the appearance of this facial fullness and adding attractive contours and definition to the face. Of course, Dr. DuPéré offers a number of options for facial contouring. A chin implant can further complement the results of your buccal fat removal by adding additional dimension and shape to your jawline.

Dr. DuPéré's Buccal Fat Removal Techniques

Dr. DuPéré understands that the key to an attractive result from buccal fat removal is respecting the unique contours of the face as well as preserving enough fat to ensure the patient ages in a pleasing way.

In Toronto, buccal fat removal, or cheek reduction, is typically performed with the use of a general anesthetic. This outpatient procedure doesn't require a stay in hospital, but patients will need to have a trusted adult accompany them home afterward.

During surgery, Dr. DuPéré accesses your buccal fat pads from within your mouth, which ensures the resulting scars are virtually invisible. Only a small quantity of fat needs to be removed in order to create good results. DuPéré excises this fat from the cheeks, being careful to remove only the amount needed to define the face without prematurely aging the patient.

Typically, DuPéré uses temporary sutures to close the incisions. These sutures dissolve on their own over time, so there's no need for a subsequent suture removal procedure.

Because buccal fat removal surgery is relatively minor, you can expect to return to work and other daily obligations after only a few days. Dr. DuPéré advises you on when you can get back to more significant activities. Although swelling and bruising are common after surgery, you should be able to appreciate your results as they develop throughout the course of the next few weeks.

Let's work together to help you realise your aesthetic vision. Request a consultation with Dr. DuPéré online, or call our office at (416) 929-9800.

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