Few people are completely happy with their facial appearance. Puffy cheeks are a common complaint among adults, with the rounded features of youth cute in small children but increasingly unwanted as we get older. Cheek fat removal is a surgical procedure that's designed to remove unwanted fat and promote a mature facial structure.
If you are mature, healthy and fit enough to withstand a small surgical procedure, cheek fat removal treatment may be beneficial. Also known as buccal fat extraction or cheek reduction surgery, this process must be performed by a skilled surgeon with intimate knowledge of the mouth and face. At FaceLab, our highly experienced surgeons can remove your cheek fat and help to uncover your optimal facial structure.
At FaceLab, all of our clinicians have dental surgery backgrounds, which puts them ahead of the game when it comes to assessing this invasive procedure. While it can be very effective, cheek reduction surgery is not always appropriate. A number of factors need to be considered during the examination and consultation process, including the age, sex, race, weight, and dental health of the patient.
Age and associated body tissue maturation are known to cause a loss in tissue volume, especially in and around the face. For this reason, cheek fat removal is only suitable for middle-aged people and older. Even then, careful consideration must be given to the likelihood of further natural volume loss with age.
People who undergo this procedure when they're too young may experience additional age-related tissue volume loss. This can have negative effects, with some people going on to look gaunt and possibly older than they actually are.
In the majority of cases, cheek fat removal is a straightforward procedure carried out with a local anaesthetic, along with a mild oral sedative if required.
Following the administration of the anaesthetic, a small incision is made inside the mouth, which results in no visible scarring. The cheek fat is then carefully located and removed with tweezers and scissors. Once removed, the cheek fat will not return. A few small dissolving sutures are placed inside the mouth, with the patient then sent home with antibiotics, pain relief tablets, and a mouthwash.
While the procedure normally results in some mild swelling, patients should be able to return to normal activities within 1 to 2 days. It is important to avoid hot food, hot drinks, and acidic foods for a few days. Few complications exist with cheek fat surgery, with serious complications possible but extremely rare.
At FaceLab, all of our cheek fat removal treatments are carried out by qualified and experienced surgeons. If you'd like to learn more about this treatment, please contact our friendly support team for a consultation.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
*Individual results may vary