People with "chipmunk cheeks" or a "baby face" often have a large buccal fat pad– naturally–occurring pad of fat in the cheek hollow area. This trait is typically hereditary, and not a result of being overweight. Dr. Sterry performs buccal fat removal at our NYC plastic surgery center for permanent facial contouring.
Most people are not familiar with this highly technical procedure because relatively few surgeons offer it. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Sterry can achieve a slimmer lower face which enhances the definition of the chin and cheeks.
Healthy, nonsmoking individuals with considerable fullness in the cheek hollow region who want to permanently slim the area are typically good candidates for this procedure. Men and women who are good candidates for buccal fat removal often complain of:
It is important that patients understand that the results from this procedure tend to be subtle. During consultation, Dr. Sterry will evaluate your cheeks and give you a recommendation for a treatment plan that can achieve your aesthetic goals.
Some people have larger buccal fat pads than others, creating the appearance of chubby cheeks. Removal of buccal fat pads can slim the cheeks and permanently contour the face. This can help enhance the prominence of the cheekbones and chin, and produce more defined facial contours.
Dr. Sterry likes to do this procedure under local anesthesia, but some light sedation is also available. A small incision is made on the inside of your cheek so there is no visible scarring. Dr. Sterry then excises the fat directly using meticulous surgical techniques.
Typically, he removes only about 1.5 grams of fat from each patient to create age–appropriate cheek contour. Once removed, the fat is gone for good. After a short period of observation, you can return home to rest and recover.
Dr. Sterry often enhances buccal fat removal with other treatments to create a more angular look for his patients. Common complements include PrecisionTx laser assisted liposuction, which removes fat and tightens tissues; microcannula liposuction of the cheeks; and chin liposuction for additional contouring.
The length of your recuperation can vary depending on the specifics of your surgery, but most buccal fat removal patients can return to work and other normal daily activities within a day or two. At your follow–up visits, Dr. Sterry will be able to give you a more definitive timeline of when you can return to various activities.
You may experience slight swelling after the procedure, but this will soon subside. The swelling may make it difficult to see your results, but as it gradually dissipates, your new profile will be revealed. We recommend that patients keep their heads elevated while sleeping for a few days in order to reduce swelling.
Cheek sculpting provides subtle changes to a patient's looks–the procedure enhances natural features rather than dramatically altering the face. It can boost your self–confidence without sacrificing the unique character of your face. Many people find that friends and family wonder if they've lost weight or changed their makeup.
Of course, it is always important to find an experienced surgeon for any cosmetic procedure. However, because this surgery is less common than other facial surgeries like facelift or eyelid surgery, it is important to find a board–certified and highly qualified surgeon who has experience with buccal fat removal. Learn more about Dr. Sterry and his practice in the video below.
This procedure can be done at almost any age. While there are critics who claim that patients may look too gaunt later in life, it is important to remember that buccal fat is from the lower portion of the face. This area virtually never looks too slim. It is the midface and cheekbone area that most of us want to be fuller as we age.
Though most swelling will subside after about 1 to 2 weeks, it can take up to 3 months for swelling to go away entirely to reveal your true outcome.
Yes, buccal fat removal has a high satisfaction rate. Its natural–looking results give patients newfound confidence that is often apparent in many different aspects of life. It not only can change your attitude about your appearance, but also change how other people see and treat you.