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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.

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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 either under pure local anesthesia or 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 is done under sedation or general anesthesia.

During surgery, Dr. DuPéré accesses your buccal fat pads from within your mouth, which ensures the resulting scars are virtually invisible. A small quantity of fat – the size of a slightly flattened cherry – 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 create the desired shadow and 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.

Recovery After Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat pad removal is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, allowing for a relatively swift recovery process. In most cases, patients can resume their regular daily activities, including work and other obligations, within just a few days. Dr. DuPéré will provide personalized guidance on when you can gradually return to more strenuous activities, ensuring a smooth healing journey. A soft diet will be recommended initially along with an antibacterial mouth wash.

As with any surgical procedure, some swelling and bruising can be expected after buccal fat pad removal. However, over the course of the following weeks, you will begin to notice the gradual emergence of your refined facial contours and appreciate the transformative results achieved through the surgery. Dr. DuPéré’s meticulous approach to post-operative care ensures that you experience a comfortable recovery, and his dedication to your well-being guarantees optimal outcomes.

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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.

Buccal Fat Pad Removal FAQ

  • What are the common reasons for seeking buccal fat pad removal?

    The common reasons for seeking buccal fat pad removal include dissatisfaction with the fullness of the cheeks, a desire to achieve a more chiseled facial contour, and a preference for a more angular, sculpted and model-like appearance.

  • How is buccal fat pad removal performed?

    Buccal fat pad removal is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small incision on the inside of the mouth, allowing access to the buccal fat pads. A portion of the fat pads is then carefully removed to achieve the desired facial contour.

  • Will there be visible scarring after buccal fat pad removal?

    Since the incisions for buccal fat pad removal are made inside the mouth, there are no visible external scars. The incisions are well-hidden and do not leave any marks on the skin.

  • What is the recovery process like after buccal fat pad removal?

    The recovery period after buccal fat pad removal is typically relatively quick. Patients may experience some swelling and mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. It is essential to follow the surgeon’s post-operative care instructions, including dietary restrictions, to promote proper healing.

  • Are the results of buccal fat pad removal permanent?

    The results of buccal fat pad removal are considered permanent since the removed fat pads do not regenerate. However, the aging process and changes in weight can still affect facial appearance over time.

  • Can buccal fat pad removal be combined with other procedures?

    Yes, buccal fat pad removal can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as facelift, rhinoplasty, or chin augmentation, to achieve comprehensive facial enhancement. Dr. DuPéré will assess your unique facial features and goals to create a personalized treatment plan that may include a combination of procedures for optimal results.

  • Are there any risks or complications associated with buccal fat pad removal?

    Buccal fat pad removal is generally safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. DuPéré. However, like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, excessive bleeding, or changes in facial sensation. Dr. DuPéré will discuss these risks with you during the consultation and take every precaution to ensure a safe and successful outcome.

  • How can I get started with buccal fat pad removal?

    To explore buccal fat pad removal and determine if you are a suitable candidate, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc DuPéré. During this appointment, you will discuss your facial concerns and aesthetic goals, allowing Dr. DuPéré to recommend a personalized treatment plan that achieves beautifully contoured cheeks and enhances your facial harmony.