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Can Buccal Fat Removal Make My Cheeks Smaller?

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People with round cheeks are said to have a “baby” face. Sometimes, full or chubby cheeks can make social situations embarrassing. Making your cheeks smaller can make you feel confident about your facial features again.

Board-certified Dallas cosmetic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe is happy to help with cheek fat removal, also known as buccal fat removal. Learn how we perform this procedure by scheduling a private consultation at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery. We can help make your face appear thinner and more contoured.

What is buccal fat?

Buccal fat is located in the hollow areas beneath the cheekbones. People with excess buccal fat may have a fuller facial appearance than normal. This leads to people being unhappy with their features. Unfortunately, buccal fat is not necessarily responsive to traditional diet and exercise. Surgical buccal fat removal can give your face a more sculpted look. Best of all, this procedure is minimally invasive and provides long-lasting results.

Cheek fat removal offers many benefits, including:

  • Defined cheeks

  • Enhanced facial shape

  • Increased self-confidence

Candidates for buccal fat removal

Many people use makeup or other over-the-counter products to make their faces seem slimmer. Buccal fat removal is a great option for men and women who have some extra cheek fullness and want to address it with the help of a Dallas cosmetic surgeon. During a consultation with Dr. Dauwe, we can examine your facial profile and make recommendations based on your needs. All procedures are customized depending on your goals.

How is buccal fat removed?

While the amount of buccal fat varies with each patient, it is usually the size of the average walnut. To begin the procedure, Dr. Dauwe creates a small incision inside your mouth. Since no incisions are made outside the face, patients do not have to worry about scarring. After carefully removing and sculpting the remaining fat, our team will place the sutures and give you detailed instructions for taking care of your cheeks at home.

Aftercare instructions

Recovery from cheek fat removal is minimal. Our office will provide you with prescription pain medication to make you feel as comfortable as possible. However, most patients do not experience discomfort. Some side effects, such as swelling and inflammation, are expected but temporary. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery can schedule follow-up appointments two weeks and six weeks after your treatment to ensure healing is going as planned.

Treatment results

While recovery varies between patients, your chubby cheeks will start to look slimmer once the side effects, like swelling, go down. Some swelling goes down after 2 – 3 days, with even better results at 1 – 2 weeks. Optimal results appear at around 1 – 3 months after your initial surgery. Unlike other cosmetic treatments, the great news is that buccal fat removal produces long-lasting results.

Take care of your chubby cheeks

Everyone is born with some amount of fat in their cheeks. Too much buccal fat can make our faces appear round or chubby. Buccal fat removal is a safe and effective way to get the profile you have always dreamed of. Dallas cosmetic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe is proud to assist patients with their goals. He also works closely with each patient, so they get the results they want. Schedule your visit to Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery by giving us a call.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.