Buccal Fat Removal

Having chubby “chipmunk” cheeks can make a person feel insecure about their appearance. Patients who have prominent cheeks and desire a more angled and defined facial structure may want to consider buccal fat removal. Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that removes either part or all of the buccal fat pad in the cheeks and carefully sculpts the contour of the face, providing patients with a slimmer and more matured appearance.


Not everyone is born with high and pronounced cheeks. When the cheeks and mid face are naturally round, the face can appear heavier than it really is. Additionally, chipmunk cheeks can make a person look younger than they actually are. Buccal fat removal offers the following benefits:

  • A contoured appearance
  • More chiseled and sculpted features
  • Defined facial features
  • A more mature facial aesthetic


Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal surgery must be in good health and have realistic expectations. Patients must also avoid smoking for several weeks before and after their procedure to ensure optimal healing and to reduce the risk of complications. Those considering buccal fat pad removal may relate to any of the following cosmetic concerns:

  • Chubby “chipmunk” cheeks
  • Excessively puffy cheeks
  • Round and full facial shape
  • Disproportionate facial contours


Buccal fat removal is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. Your procedure can take up to one hour depending on the amount of correction needed. An incision will be created on the inside of each cheek near the back of your oral cavity by the second upper molar. Excess fatty tissue (buccal fat pads) will then be extracted from the cheeks through the incisions, and the incisions will be stitched closed.


Most patients can return home the same day following their buccal fat removal surgery. Some patients have reported that the experience is comparable to that of wisdom tooth extraction, but recovery only lasts about one week. Swelling and discomfort along the cheeks will occur, but these side effects should resolve within several days. Discomfort is usually minimal. Patients are also instructed to stay on a liquid and soft diet for a few weeks.


Patients who choose to undergo buccal fat removal can enjoy a leaner and pleasantly matured aesthetic while maintaining their natural, youthful facial contours. Final results will become apparent after several months.

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