Cheek (Buccal) Fat Removal

Chubby Cheeks No More

Round, puffy cheeks are cute in infants and young children, however when you are older they can leave you feeling less than happy about your appearance.

If you are healthy and fit for a small surgical procedure, then Cheek (Buccal) Fat Removal may be right for you. Also known as ‘cheek reduction surgery’ the removal of cheek fat must be performed by a skilled surgeon with intimate knowledge of the mouth and face.

The Benefits
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedure carried out under Local anaesthesia in treatment room.
  • Minimal downtime
  • No visible facial scars
  • Minimal to no pain or downtime *
  • Immediate reduction of cheek volume (size)
  • Permanent removal of fatty tissue from the face.

*Individual results may vary

The Facelab principle clinicians have dental surgery backgrounds and putting them in good stead to assess the appropriateness of this procedure for you. Many factors need to be considered during the examination and consultation process including, age, sex, race, health of teeth and gums, patient weight etc.

We all know that with age and body tissue maturation, people loose tissue volume, especially in the face, so cheek fat removal is really only suitable for people from middle age onwards and careful consideration must be given to the likelihood of further natural face volume loss with age. People who choose to undergo this procedure when they are too young and then experience age related tissue volume loss, may end up looking gaunt and older than what they actually are.

Cheek fat removal in most cases is a straightforward procedure carried out with a local anaesthetic in the treatment room with a mild oral sedative if required. Following the administration of local anaesthetic, a small incision is made inside the mouth (so no visible scarring results). The cheek fat is carefully located and easily removed with tweezers and scissors. Once removed, the cheek fat will not return. A few small dissolving sutures are placed and patients are sent home with antibiotics, pain relief tablets and a mouthwash.

The procedure normally results in some mild swelling, however patients should be able to return to normal activities within 1 to 2 days. It is important to avoid hot food and drinks as well as acidic foods for a few days.

Few complications do exist with Cheek Fat Removal treatment , however the more serious ones are extremely rare.


Where a surgical (or invasive) procedure is advertised directly to the public, the advertisement should include a clearly visible warning, with text along the following lines: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. If this advertising was corrected to include the above warning, then it is unlikely to create an unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment.

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