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A lot of people are not completely happy with the way they look. Puffy or 'Chubby' cheeks are a common complaint among adults. Round facial features of youth, once considered 'cute' in childhood are unaesthetic in older people. Cheek Fat Removal is a surgical procedure that is designed to eliminate unwanted fat resulting in a more tapered facial structure.
If you are mature, healthy and fit enough to withstand a small surgical procedure, Cheek Fat Removal treatment may be right for you. Also known as 'Buccal Fat Extraction' or 'Cheek Reduction Surgery', this process should only be carried out by skilled surgeons with intimate knowledge of the mouth and face. At FaceLab, our highly experienced surgeons can remove your cheek fat and uncover your face within.
Cheek Fat Removal is primarily aimed at the removal of the facial fat, commonly referred to anatomically as the 'Buccal Pad of Fat'. This fat tissue is located in the area of the cheek, just below the cheekbone. Fat that exists elsewhere in the face can be removed or reduced with other Facelab treatments.
'Cheek Fat Removal' treatment is a surgically invasive procedure, and few risks and potential complications exist. The Facelab clinicians who perform these treatments are Dental Surgeons with intimate knowledge of mouth and face anatomy. Although patients do have mild to moderate swelling ad bruising for a few days following their surgery, more serious complications are very rare.
At FaceLab, our Cosmetic Consultants have dental surgery backgrounds, which puts them ahead of the game when it comes to assessing patients for this treatment. While it can be effective, cheek reduction surgery is not always appropriate. Several important factors need to be considered during the patient examination and consultation process, including the age, sex, race, weight, and oral health of the patient.
Ageing and 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 needs to be given to the likelihood of further natural tissue 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 a negative effect, with some people going on to look gaunt and possibly older than they 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. Dissolving sutures are placed inside the mouth, and the patient dismissed with antibiotics, pain relief tablets, and a mouthwash.
While the procedure typically results in some mild swelling, patients should be able to return to normal activities within 1 to 2 days. It is essential to avoid hot food or drinks and acidic foods for a few days. Few complications exist with cheek fat surgery, with serious complications possible but infrequent.
At FaceLab, all of our cheek fat removal treatments are carried out by qualified and experienced dental 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