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Buccal Fat Removal: Is it worth the hype?

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Buccal Fat is quite a hot topic at the moment. So what is all the fuss about? Let’s get into it.

Buccal fat, also known as buccal fat pad, is a type of fat located in the cheeks. It is found on either side of the face, just below the cheekbones, and helps to give the face its shape and volume. Some people may have larger buccal fat pads than others, which can lead to a rounder or fuller appearance in the lower cheek area.

Recently, there has been a growing interest in the topic of buccal fat removal, which is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce the size of the buccal fat pads. While some people may choose to undergo this procedure for aesthetic reasons, it is important to note that it is not suitable for everyone and should only be considered after a thorough consultation with a qualified and experienced Plastic Surgeon (always check for FRACS credentials).

One of the key benefits of buccal fat removal is that it can help to create a more defined and sculpted appearance in the cheeks and jawline. This can be particularly beneficial for people who are unhappy with a round or chubby face, and who are looking to achieve a more angular and chiseled look.

Another advantage of this procedure is that it is relatively quick and straightforward, and can usually be completed in around an hour under local anesthesia. Most people are able to return to work and other activities within a few days after the procedure, and the recovery period is generally quite short and straightforward.

However, it is important to note that buccal fat removal is not without its risks and potential complications. These can include infection, bleeding, swelling, and asymmetry, and it is important to choose a qualified and experienced Plastic Surgeon who can minimize these risks and provide the best possible outcome.

In addition, it is also important to have realistic expectations about the results of buccal fat removal. While the procedure can certainly help to create a more defined and sculpted look in the cheeks and jawline, it is not a miracle cure and may not be suitable for everyone. Factors such as age, skin elasticity, and overall facial structure can all play a role in the outcome of the procedure, and it is important to discuss these with your surgeon before making a decision.

Overall, buccal fat is an important and often overlooked aspect of facial anatomy. While buccal fat removal may be a viable option for some people looking to achieve a more defined and sculpted appearance, it is important to approach the procedure with caution and to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who can provide the best possible outcome. With the right approach and a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits involved, buccal fat removal can be an effective tool for achieving the look you desire.

Disclaimer: At Artiste Plastic Surgery, our Plastic Surgeons led by Dr Jack Zoumaras have been trained to the highest possible degree. All surgery has risks and it is always advised to get a second opinion. Risks are very real and we cannot guarantee any result. Results are illustrated as a guide only. All risks are managed and any need for revision surgery or complications (1-5%) can be managed by our specialist plastic surgeons.

Any statements on how you will feel is based on Level V Evidence:

Level V:  How you will feel after plastic surgery varies between individuals, depending on psychological and physical factors. Our internal research is based on how patients in our practice feel after surgery.

The blogs are not a substitute for a medical consultation and do not form as part of the doctor to patient relationship.


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