Buccal Fat Removal for Chiseled Facial Features

Having full, chubby cheeks can cause people to feel insecure about their appearance, whether they think that they appear immature or that their face is not proportionate to their body. Diet and exercise can help with overall weight loss but usually falls short when you attempt to reduce fat in your cheeks. Fortunately, buccal fat removal is available to remove the fat pads beneath the cheeks to provide a defined, chiseled facial profile. The outcome is a thinner, more balanced, mature facial contour without visible scarring. 

Woman smiling casually with chiseled facial features

How Does Buccal Fat Removal Work?

Patients with excessively chunky ‘chipmunk’ cheeks or a round facial shape can benefit from this procedure, especially when their face appears disproportionately large for their body. If you are bothered by any of these concerns, schedule a consultation today to see if buccal fat removal can benefit you. Patients will discuss their medical history, goals, and preferences with Dr. Edmon P. Khoury during their consultation to ensure a comfortable, safe procedure. Typically, local anesthesia is administered, then tiny incisions are made inside the cheeks to remove the fat pads from both sides of the face to achieve the desired shape. The incisions are closed using sutures and patients can go home the same day as their procedure.

Tips for a Comfortable Recovery

You may experience swelling and minor discomfort for the first week after your buccal fat removal. Swelling should reduce within seven days. Some tips for promoting a comfortable recovery include:

  • Avoid tobacco use for at least two weeks prior to and following your procedure to assist in healing and to reduce your risk of any complications during your recuperation. 
  • Follow all of your post-operational care instructions and any specific directions provided by your surgeon carefully.
  • Have plenty of ice or cold compresses available to help reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Patients should avoid heavy lifting and other strenuous activities for the first three days. Have a friend or loved one handle any necessary lifting while you recover.
  • Keep your head elevated at all times and use plenty of pillows.
  • Maintain a stable weight by slowly introducing exercise and consuming a healthy diet.


Man before and after buccal fat removal

*Actual Patient. Individual Results May Vary.

Expected Results

Every patient experiences a different outcome from buccal fat removal, so it is important to have realistic expectations when deciding to undergo surgery. Buccal fat removal can restore facial harmony, provide enhanced self-confidence, and improve facial contours. Results can take up to two months to fully appear, but the end results are long lasting. Maintaining a consistent weight will also help to prolong your new facial shape.

If you would like to learn more about buccal fat removal or to schedule a consultation, call our office at (720) 475-8400.

Say Goodbye to Chipmunk Cheeks

Having chubby “chipmunk” cheeks can make someone appear much younger or heavier than they would like. Dr. Khoury performs a procedure called buccal fat pad removal to minimize prominent cheeks, giving his patients a slimmer, more adult appearance. Buccal fat pad removal involves carefully sculpting the cheekbones without the need for facial implants, dermal injections, or general anesthesia.

Woman surprise holds cheeks by hand

What Are Buccal Fat Pads?

Buccal fat pads are unique in that they do not respond to diet and exercise the same way that body fat does. In spite of their efforts, many slender men and women struggle to shrink their plump cheeks and achieve the chiseled cheekbones they desire. Patients who choose to undergo buccal fat pad removal can enjoy a pleasantly matured aesthetic while maintaining their natural, youthful facial contours.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

This procedure reduces protruding cheeks by extracting the excess fatty tissue in the cheeks through an incision inside the mouth. It can usually be performed in less than one hour under local anesthesia, sparing patients the bothersome side effects and risks associated with general anesthesia. Some patients have reported that the experience is comparable to that of wisdom tooth extraction, but the recovery period only lasts a few days.

Am I a Candidate?

The best candidates for buccal fat pad removal have realistic expectations of the surgery and are in good health. They should also avoid smoking for several weeks before and after the procedure to ensure optimal healing and to reduce the risk of post-op complications. You may be considering buccal fat pad removal if you can relate to any of the following cosmetic concerns:

  • Chubby “chipmunk” cheeks
  • Round and full facial shape
  • A desire for sculpted cheekbones


For more information about buccal fat pad removal or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Edmon Khoury, call (720) 475-8400 today.

The Cure for Chubby Cheeks

While chubby cheeks are considered adorable and kissable on little children and babies, they’re often a source of self-consciousness for adults. Many adults feel that their round, plump cheeks make them look like they have a baby face or a fat face – but there is a cure. The cure for chubby cheeks is buccal fat pad removal, in which a skilled facial plastic surgeon removes the buccal fat pads in your cheeks to slim the curves of your face. Edmon P. Khoury, M.D. is a double-board certified international surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery, and he offers buccal fat pad removal to slim down your face.

What Are Buccal Fat Pads?

Buccal fat pads are fat masses within the cheeks. These fat pads are deeply located inside the cheeks and below the cheekbones. While the buccal fat pads are a natural part of human anatomy, unique anatomical features cause them to create the appearance of chubby cheeks in some individuals. Chubby cheeks are often genetic, but with buccal fat pad removal, you don’t have to have chubby cheeks forever.

The Procedure

Buccal fat pad removal reduces prominent cheeks by carefully and proportionately removing buccal fat pad tissue. With the patient typically under local anesthesia, the doctor carefully makes an incision toward the back of the mouth near the second upper molar. Then, he extracts the buccal fat to correct chubby cheeks. The whole procedure lasts less than an hour, and recovery is usually less than a week. The experience is comparable to wisdom teeth removal.

Buccal Fat Removal

It Takes a Practiced Hand

Buccal fat pad removal takes a practiced hand. With this procedure, there is a risk of damage to part of the facial nerve and parotid ducts that carry saliva into the mouth. Therefore, interested patients should only undergo buccal fat pad removal with an experienced and skilled professional. Even many facial plastic surgeons are inexperienced in this technique, but renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Edmon Khoury has extensive experience with this procedure. With his practiced hand, you can have expert results and beautifully slimmer cheeks after buccal fat pad removal.

If you have chubby cheeks and are interested in learning more about how Dr. Khoury can improve their appearance, contact us to learn more. Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Khoury by calling 720-475-8400 or filling out our online contact form.

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