Most people have chubby, rounded cheeks when they’re young, but most of that baby fat is lost with age. However, some people have genetically fuller and rounder cheeks, often called “chipmunk cheeks.” Buccal fat removal allows you to achieve slimmer, more V-shaped facial contours.
The secret solution to round or chubby cheeks
Buccal fat removal is ideal for patients with naturally chubby or rounded cheeks. Excess buccal fat can make you look heavier and fuller than you are, leading to self-esteem issues and a loss of confidence. Dr. Hicks performs a personalized buccal fat removal procedure to shrink down the fat pads in the cheeks, making your face look slimmer and more contoured.
Benefits of buccal fat removal:
- Create a slimmer, more sculpted facial appearance
- Achieve V-shaped facial contours
- Create a more elegant facial profile
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
What is buccal fat removal?
The buccal fat pad is located in your mid- and lower cheeks. If the fat pad is bulky, it can make your face look rounded and chubby. Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that involves making small incisions inside your mouth to judiciously remove a portion of your buccal fat pad.
Once the excess fat has been removed, your cheeks will look chiseled and V-shaped, which is considered the universal standard of attraction. This procedure may be performed in both men and women.
Your buccal fat removal consultation with Dr. Hicks
Dr. Hicks starts your buccal fat removal journey with a personalized consultation. She carefully examines your cheeks, discusses your goals and concerns, and develops a personalized treatment plan. Dr. Hicks ensures transparency at every stage of the process and informs you about what to expect. She ensures you feel comfortable throughout the procedure.
How is buccal fat removal performed?
Your buccal fat removal is performed in the operating room under sedation. Dr. Hicks places a retractor in your mouth and makes a small incision near your second molar. After making an incision, she locates your buccal fat pad and excises a portion of it. Once sufficient buccal fat is removed, she closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures.
What can I expect after buccal fat removal?
After buccal fat removal, you may experience swelling, tenderness, and discomfort around the cheeks for a few days. The incisions are made inside the mouth, so there are no visible incisions after this procedure. You can resume most of your daily activities and work after a few days, but strenuous workouts and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least two weeks. Your face will look more chiseled and contoured after the swelling dissipates.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks
Dr. Kate Hicks is a board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon specializing in cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. She offers the most effective ways to help you achieve your desired facial contours while maintaining a natural-appearing result. She wants you to look and feel your very best. Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks to explore your buccal fat removal options in Greenville, South Carolina.