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Is Buccal Fat Removal Safe?

By Ysabel Vitangcol on June 22, 2023

In pursuit of the trending “snatched” look, individuals often explore various cosmetic procedures. One such treatment trending as of late is buccal fat removal. Before you embark on this journey to chiseled cheeks, it’s crucial to know the facts and understand the safety considerations. In this article, we will delve into the world of buccal fat removal, exploring its safety aspects while sharing essential facts future patients should know beforehand.

Understanding Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal fat pad removal is a quick, safe and permanent solution to address unwanted puffy cheeks in adults,” says Dr. Josephine Grace Rojo Tan, ENT-Head & Neck Surgery Specialist and facial plastic & rhinoplasty surgeon of Belo. 

Also known as cheek reduction surgery, these pads, located in the lower part of the cheeks, give the face a fuller appearance. By removing a portion of these pads, the cheekbones become more prominent, creating a more defined facial contour.

“However, careful patient selection and consideration of nearby facial structures like the chin, jaw and  cheekbones, are equally important to achieve not just a chiseled face, but a more beautiful facial profile with well-defined features accentuating what the patient already naturally has,” she said.

Consultation is Key

Before considering any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. During the consultation, you will discuss your aesthetic goals, medical history, and expectations. The surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for buccal fat removal.

Individual Results May Vary

Every individual’s facial structure is unique, and the results of buccal fat removal may vary. It’s essential to have realistic expectations and understand that the outcome depends on several factors, including the amount of fat removed, the elasticity of your skin, and the natural aging process.

Safety Considerations

Buccal fat removal is generally considered safe when performed by a skilled surgeon. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications involved. These may include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, asymmetry, and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome. Discuss these risks with your surgeon to make an informed decision.

Recovery Period

After buccal fat removal, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which is common with most surgical procedures. Your surgeon will provide post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. It’s essential to follow these instructions diligently, including maintaining proper oral hygiene and avoiding strenuous activities until you are fully healed.

Long-Term Effects

While buccal fat removal offers long-lasting results, it’s crucial to understand that your face will naturally change as you age. The aging process, including factors like gravity and collagen loss, can affect the appearance of your cheeks over time. However, buccal fat removal can provide a permanent improvement in facial contour.

Alternatives to Buccal Fat Removal

If you are uncertain about buccal fat removal or seeking non-surgical alternatives, there are several options available at Belo. These include facial fillers, Thermage FLX, Exilis, Emface, Virtue RF and more. [READ MORE: Say Bye-Bye to Unwanted Cheek Fat with These 3 Treatments] Discuss these alternatives with your Belo doctor to find the best approach that suits your needs and desires.

Belo Buccal Fat Pad Removal’s price may vary, depending on the doctor’s recommendation. Call 8819-BELO (2356) or click here to book a consultation today!

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