The image of a grandmother pinching her grandchild’s chubby cheeks is definitely endearing. But for some people, those round, childish cheeks persist into adulthood. That can be frustrating, especially for men and women who keep in good physical shape and would prefer a slimmer, more refined profile. The culprit is enlarged buccal fat, which is typically genetic. As one of the few plastic surgeons with the training to create natural-looking results through buccal fat removal in the Orlando area, I have a lot of experience with the procedure.
What is buccal fat removal? It’s not the most well-known facial procedure, but it can be highly effective in the right hands. It’s sometimes called cheek reduction and it’s a delicate procedure I perform in Orlando on an outpatient basis at our surgical center. I don’t use liposuction to remove the fat. Instead, the patient is put under a light general anesthetic, and I make small incisions on the inside of the mouth. Then I remove the small amount of enlarged fat that’s wedged between the cheek and the muscle that helps us chew. Once removed, the fat is gone for good.
Because the surgery is highly technical, few surgeons specialize in buccal fat removal. By making incisions on the inside of the mouth, I leave no visible scars. The result is contoured cheeks that highlight the cheekbones but without a hollowed out appearance.
Recovery following the surgery differs depending on the individual patient, but most people return to their daily activities within just 2 to 3 days. It’s a surprisingly simple process for the patient that can result in a big change in confidence.