Buccal Fat Removal


Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the volume of the buccal fat pads in the cheeks. The buccal fat pads are responsible for the rounded appearance of the face and can contribute to a "chubby,” round, or overly full look. By removing a portion of these fat pads, the procedure aims to create a slimmer and more sculpted facial contour.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

During the buccal fat removal procedure, a small incision is made on the inside of the mouth, typically near the back of the cheeks. Dr. Okland carefully locates and removes an appropriate amount of buccal fat from each side to achieve the desired outcome. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures.

Dr. Okland can also remove buccal fat directly during the deep plane facelift procedure. If performed during deep plane facelift, no extra incisions are needed inside the mouth.

Woman with chiseled jaw and cheek bones

How does Buccal Fat Removal work?

The buccal fat removal procedure works by reducing the volume of the buccal fat pads in the cheeks. By removing a portion of the fat pads, the procedure creates a more sculpted appearance and can help define the cheekbones and jawline. The surgical technique is designed to be precise, ensuring that the correct amount of fat is removed to achieve natural-looking results. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and can be completed in a relatively short amount of time

What are the Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal?

Facial Contouring

Buccal fat removal can help create a more sculpted and defined facial contour, especially in the cheek area. It can enhance the appearance of cheekbones and contribute to a more chiseled and aesthetically pleasing facial structure.

Slimmer Appearance

By reducing the volume of the buccal fat pads, the procedure can create a slimmer and more refined look to the cheeks and lower face. It can help individuals achieve a more balanced and proportionate facial appearance.

Youthful Appearance

Buccal fat removal can provide a more youthful appearance by reducing the fullness in the lower cheeks. This can help diminish the appearance of a "chubby" or rounded face, giving a more angular and youthful contour.

Improved Facial Symmetry

In some cases, buccal fat pads can cause facial asymmetry. By selectively removing excess fat from one or both sides, the procedure can help improve facial symmetry and create a more harmonious facial balance.

Permanent Results

Once the buccal fat pads are removed, they do not typically regenerate. This means that the results of buccal fat removal are generally long-lasting, providing a lasting improvement to the facial appearance.

Minimal Scarring

The incisions for buccal fat removal are made inside the mouth, resulting in no visible external scars. This allows for a discreet procedure with minimal visible signs of treatment.

Procedure Timeline

CONSULTATION: During the initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Okland to discuss your goals, evaluate your suitability for the procedure, and address any questions or concerns you may have.y.

PRE-OPERATIVE PREPARATION: Before the procedure, Dr. Okland will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare. This may include undergoing certain medical tests, avoiding certain medications or supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding, and making necessary arrangements for someone to drive you home after the surgery.

SURGERY: The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation, and it usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. Dr. Okland will make small incisions inside your mouth, through which they will access and remove the buccal fat pads.

RECOVERY: After the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area for a short time. You may experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which are normal and expected. Dr. Okland will provide instructions for post-operative care, including pain management, dietary restrictions, and proper oral hygiene.

POST-OPERATIVE APPOINTMENTS: You will have scheduled post-operative appointments with Dr. Okland to monitor your healing progress and remove any sutures if necessary. These appointments allow Dr. Okland to assess your recovery, address any concerns, and provide guidance on scar management, if needed.


Frequently Asked Questions?

The best candidates for Buccal Fat Removal are individuals who have full, round cheeks and desire a more contoured and chiseled facial appearance. However, it is important to have a consultation with a qualified surgeon who can assess your specific needs and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
Yes, the results of Buccal Fat Removal are generally permanent. Once the fat pads are removed, they do not grow back. However, it’s important to note that the aging process and lifestyle factors can still affect the overall appearance of the face over time.
The recovery period can vary from patient to patient, but generally, it involves a few days of swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a week, although strenuous exercise and certain dietary restrictions may be advised for a few weeks.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with Buccal Fat Removal. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve injury, asymmetry, and changes in sensation. However, by choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon, the risks can be minimized.
The incisions for Buccal Fat Removal are typically made inside the mouth, so there are no visible external scars. The incisions are well-hidden and tend to heal quite well over time.
It may take several weeks to months for the initial swelling to subside and for the final results to become apparent. However, most patients start to notice a more defined facial contour within a few weeks after the procedure.

Why choose Dr. Okland for Buccal Fat Removal?

Expertise and Experience

Dr. Okland is a highly skilled facial plastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing Buccal Fat Removal procedures. They have undergone specialized training and have a deep understanding of facial anatomy to achieve precise and natural-looking results.

Personalized Approach

We understand that each patient is unique, and we take the time to listen to your specific goals and concerns. Dr. Okland will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your facial structure, ensuring that the outcome of the procedure enhances your natural features and meets your expectations.

Advanced Techniques

We stay updated with the latest advancements in cosmetic surgery techniques, including Buccal Fat Removal. Dr. Okland utilizes advanced surgical techniques and tools to ensure optimal results with minimal scarring and faster recovery.

Comprehensive Care

We provide comprehensive care throughout your entire treatment journey. From the initial consultation to the post-operative period, our dedicated team will guide you, address any questions or concerns you may have, and provide support and follow-up care to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

Patient Satisfaction

Our primary goal is your satisfaction and happiness with the results of your Buccal Fat Removal procedure. We strive to deliver outcomes that align with your expectations and enhance your facial aesthetics. We have a track record of satisfied patients who have achieved their desired appearance through our services.

Safety and Results

Your safety is our utmost priority. We maintain strict adherence to safety protocols and standards to minimize risks and ensure a safe surgical experience. Our focus is not only on achieving aesthetically pleasing results but also on ensuring that they are long-lasting and harmonious with your overall facial features.

Schedule a Consultation

Please fill out the form below to schedule a personalized consultation with our experienced team specializing in buccal fat removal procedures. Dr. Okland understand the importance of addressing your specific concerns and helping you achieve a more sculpted and contoured facial appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Okland will carefully evaluate your needs, discuss the procedure in detail, and answer any questions you may have. With a personalized approach, Dr. Okland will develop a customized treatment plan tailored specifically to your unique goals and desired aesthetic outcomes.

Take the first step towards enhancing the appearance of your cheeks by scheduling your consultation today. We are committed to guiding you through the process and assisting you in achieving natural-looking and long-lasting results.