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Buccal Fat Excision

Face: Surgical

What is Buccal Fat?

Buccal Fat is a discrete pocket of fat within the soft tissue of the face. This is just below the bony cheek and above jawline.

Why would someone have Buccal Fat removed?

Removing Buccal Fat can result in a narrower, slimmer appearing face. This can also help to enhance the bony cheek and jawline appearance.

Before & After Buccal Fat Excision

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Upload: August 23, 2017
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Are there any risks to Buccal Fat Removal?

As with any surgical or minimally invasive procedure, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, facial swelling, numbness, and facial movement distortion. If you do experience any of these side effects, contact our office immediately.

Are there any alternates to Buccal Fat Removal?

Cheek or jawline filler could provide similar results and will need to be maintained over time. Botox to the masseter muscle can also provide similar results.

Is Buccal Fat Removal surgical or non-surgical?

Buccal Fat removal is a surgical procedure that takes about 10 minutes per side.

How long does Buccal Fat Removal last?

Buccal Fat removal is permanent and the fat almost never grows back within the pocket. This is why patients opt for this treatment over cheek or jawline filler which needs to be maintained.

Should Buccal Fat Removal be combined with other procedures?

Oftentimes, this treatment can be combined with facelifting to achieve optimal results.

Can you lose Buccal Fat naturally?

It is extremely difficult to lose the fat naturally, and it’s difficult to specifically target this area.


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