Buccal fat removal
- Let's talk about it!

Written By Dr Amy Chahal

It has been a hot topic, so I had to weigh in;

Buccal fat removal, also known as buccal lipectomy, is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the buccal fat pads located in the cheeks. This procedure is often performed to reduce the appearance of “chipmunk cheeks” or to slim down the face for a more defined look.

While buccal fat removal can be effective in achieving a more chiseled facial appearance, it may not be the right choice for everyone. In particular, people with naturally thin or gaunt faces may not be good candidates for the procedure. This is because the buccal fat pads play an important role in providing volume and support to the cheeks. Removing them can result in a hollowed-out appearance that may not be flattering.

Another important consideration is that buccal fat removal is a permanent procedure. Once the buccal fat pads are removed, they cannot be replaced. This means that if you decide to have the procedure done, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome. If you are not satisfied with the results, you may need to have filler injections in the future to replace the volume that was lost.

Additionally, buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure and it carries risks, including infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. It’s important to weigh the potential benefits and risks before deciding to have the procedure done.

In conclusion, buccal fat removal can be a great option for some people who want to achieve a more defined, chiseled facial appearance. However, it’s not right for everyone, and it’s important to understand that it is a permanent procedure that may require additional treatments, such as filler injections, to replace volume that is lost. If you are considering buccal fat removal, it’s important to consult with a qualified doctor who can help you determine whether it’s the right choice for you. Consider if there are other means to achieve your desired aesthetic and if you have the correct facial structure to support this permanent procedure!

In the meantime, we’ll be here ready to optimise your facial structure with carefully placed dermal filler to contour and replace youthful volume!