Buccal fat removal is your means of getting rid of chubby cheeks. It is a type of cosmetic surgery undertaken by the people who are self-conscious about their physical appearance, particularly the shape of their cheeks. Buccal fat is the term used for the fat pads that are on the lower parts of the cheeks making them round and chubby.
Considerations for Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat removal is not recommended for individuals under 18 years of age and it is not advisable until you have entered your mid-20s. This is because the facial appearance is expected to change once you enter adulthood and there is a chance that chubbiness goes away at its own. The genetics and family history are also factors that must be taken into account before going for fat removal. Physical health is of paramount importance and the individual should be a non-smoker or else he or she will be unable to smoke for minimum two months period after the surgery.
Buccal Fat Removal Procedure
It starts with selecting a reputed surgeon and preliminary examination during which the patient and doctor get to know about each other and the details of procedure. The cost of the procedure varies from US$2000 to US$5000, depending upon the location and experience of surgeon and the procedure is done as an out-door patient in a hospital or clinic.
One hour long procedure is performed with the patient under local anesthesia and it starts with the doctor making an incision on the cheek through which the fat is extracted by forceps. Once the required amount of fat is extracted, the incision is sealed and the scar usually heals completely within a month, though you can start with your routine work after a week of surgery. Liposuction for Buccal fat removal is also performed by few surgeons but that is not recommended because of the risk of permanent scars on the face.
Aftereffects of Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat removal results in thinning and redefining of the cheeks and the physical appearance is also enhanced. However, after surgery, patients can expect swelling in the cheeks coupled with discomfort and pain. Difficulty in chewing is also common and post op care is extremely important for swift healing of the scars.
Following are few risks associated with buccal fat removal surgery that must be understood before operation.
- The procedure is not reversible. It means that if you lose facial fat after the surgery due to your genetics or any other reason, your face may look gaunt and scrawny.
- Numbness due to administration of local anesthesia is common and it goes away in a few days but in rare cases, this could become permanent and the patient may lose feeling and sensations in the affected area.
- Infection in the cheeks is an ever present threat that may be caused because of any of the reasons and may necessitate additional surgeries.
Buccal fat removal enhances the facial appearance but it is an irreversible process and must be undertaken at the right age, through a qualified and experienced doctor and above all, with a realistic mindset about the outcomes of the surgery.