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The Latest Trend of Buccal Fat Removal: Everything You Should Know from a Cosmetic Facial Surgeon

Why Is Buccal Fat Removal So Popular?

The Cosmetic Facial Surgeon’s Complete Guide

Over the past few months, you may have heard the term ‘buccal fat removal’. It is a resurging trend in cosmetic surgery but is nothing new for many patients. The procedure is performed to contour the midface and has been recently made popular on TikTok with over 157 million views.

We asked our leading cosmetic facial surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Michel, for a complete guide on buccal fat removal and what patients should know when considering the procedure. Dr. Michel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and has performed over 900 facial cosmetic procedures ranging from facelifts and rhinoplasties to buccal fat removal.

What is buccal fat removal?

The buccal fat pad sits just beneath your cheek bones and adds volume to the midface. The fat pads make up the shape of your face and vary in size. Buccal fat removal, or cheek fat reduction, is a procedure designed to contour the face and highlight the bone structure of the face.

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Is buccal fat removal a good idea?

With any cosmetic procedure, the decision to move forward with buccal fat removal should be based on correcting excess cheek fat. The decision should be made responsibly with the guidance and expert advice of a highly trained and experienced surgeon.

Patients undergoing buccal fat pad removal commonly want to: develop a slimmer look in the face, enhance and highlight the cheekbones, or to achieve a more chiseled look. If you have considered any of these reasons, buccal fat removal may be a great option for you.

Am I a candidate for buccal fat removal?

Ideal candidates for this procedure are those who have excess midface volume that is predominantly below the cheekbones and ends above the jawline.  They are also healthy and not undergoing large weight fluctuations.

Is buccal fat removal painful?

When performed by an experienced surgeon, buccal fat removal is a simple procedure with mild discomfort. Patients are administered local anesthesia, with an option for sedation, to maximize comfort and care during the procedure. After the procedure, the surgeon will provide thorough instructions to promote faster recovery and optimal at-home care. The healing time is normally one week and you will be seen for follow-ups to help ensure you are healing as expected.

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Book an Online Appointment or Call an office near you. Our friendly and caring staff are here to assist you with any questions.

I’m ready for buccal fat removal. What are the next steps?

During your initial visit, our surgeons will thoroughly evaluate you to diagnose the cause of your excess facial volume and determine whether buccal fat removal is the best option to help you achieve your desired results. To determine suitability, our surgeon will review your basic health information, medical history, aesthetic goals, and perform a thorough physical exam. Based on these findings a customized treatment plan will be developed for you. This discussion will include the expectations for your post-operative course as well as prescriptions you will receive after surgery.

With any of our treatments, our goal is to provide as much detailed information and guidance as possible, so we can determine what will make you look and feel your best.

At Riverside, our surgeons combine the art of facial contouring with superb surgical precision to help our patients achieve the best results. If you are interested in buccal fat removal, call our offices anytime to learn more about the procedure and schedule a consultation.


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