Some people carry a “baby face” well into their adult lives. A “baby face” is usually marked by chubby cheeks with excess facial fatty tissue. There’s nothing wrong with having rounded cheeks, but if it makes you unhappy or self-conscious, you can opt for a simple buccal fat removal procedure to extract some of the fat tissue stored in your cheeks in order to highlight your cheekbones and facial contours.
Dr. Fechner expertly removes undesirable fatty tissue from your cheek hollows without visible scars or incision marks.
Buccal fat refers to the fat tissues stored in the lower cheeks. The presence of large buccal fat deposits in the cheek hollows gives the appearance of chubby cheeks. While most people lose their buccal fat pads as they enter adulthood, some carry them well into their adult lives. Unwanted buccal fat also affects your jawline and makes your nasolabial folds (lines running from the nose to the corners of the mouth) appear prominently.
Buccal fat removal, also called cheek reduction, is a surgical procedure that removes the excess buccal fat pad. Removing excess fat tissues highlights your cheekbones and contours your facial features to provide a sharp and chiseled appearance. The procedure also provides a sharp and chiseled jawline that most people considered highly desirable. Buccal fat removal in Boston is an outpatient procedure that usually concludes within an hour, without significant side effects or downtime.
Buccal fat removal is a safe procedure suitable for most adults with a prominent buccal fat pad. If you feel you have “chubby cheeks” or a “baby face” or would simply like to slim down your face for a more chiseled and youthful appearance, you’re likely a good candidate for buccal fat removal.
Buccal fat removal is a quick and painless in-office procedure that concludes within an hour. At the start of the procedure, local anesthesia is administered to numb the treatment area. If you’re feeling anxious, an intravenous (IV) sedative may also be administered.
During the procedure, a small incision is made inside the mouth around the inner regions of each cheek. The doctor cuts the buccinator muscles in the cheeks to create space to work with the buccal fat. Next, the doctor applies external pressure from outside the cheeks to squeeze the buccal fat through the incisions. Once the buccal fat is removed, the doctor sutures the incisions.
You should experience mild to moderate swelling after the procedure, which can be managed with pain medications. You should have someone drive you back home after the procedure because you’ll be under the influence of anesthesia. Most people can resume work the next day without any downtime — but only if the work isn’t excessively physically taxing. You can resume all normal activities within a week.
Dr. Fechner is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with an exceptional educational background, having trained at some of the world’s best medical schools in Harvard, Cornell Columbia Presbyterian, and NYU.
Having performed more than 10,000 facial surgeries in his career, he has developed a keen aesthetic eye and an unrivaled understanding of facial anatomy.