“Full cheeks equal young appearance” is not always true for everyone. While it is so true for children, ladies often refer to full cheeks as chubby and blame them for giving the face round, massive, and bloated look. Round cheeks are very often hereditary and resistant to weight loss, despite the common belief that it is face and breast that lose volume first. Ladies are often seeking ways to slim down the face to the “heart shape” as it adds class and elegance.
Essentially, chubby face is often created by prominent so-called Bichat, often referred to as Buccal fat pads. They are walnut size fat deposit located between nostrils and lip corners which are fat structures located inside the cheeks. If they are out of proportion to the whole face, they can be surgically removed.
How the surgery looks like?
In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, it is a fully safe and efficient procedure, allowing for an immediate reduction in the roundness of the cheeks. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia or sedation and lasts approximately an hour. The surgeon makes an incision in the oral cavity on the inside of the cheek and removes ‘surplus’ fat tissue. The wound is closed with dissolvable sutures. The procedure does not leave a visible scar on the face. To be qualified for this surgery, you need to be in a general good health confirmed by positive results of laboratory tests. Buccal fat pads removal can be combines with other surgeries such as face lift or mini face lifting.
Before and after Buccal fat pads removal
This young patient, only in her mid-twenties felt that chubby cheeks give her a somewhat childish look, while she aspired for more elegance and class. She was considering various procedures to slim her face down, but finally decided for Bichat fat pads removal which was performed under sedation. Afterwards her face has better oval, is nicely curved and slimmer.
Bichat fat pads removal was a part of this young lady face makeover. In the first stage she had total rhinoplasty. After two weeks Buccal fat pads and a mini face lift followed, both performed under general anaesthesia. The second photo, selfie by a Patient, was taken one month after her last surgery. Her face became more heart shaped and visibly slimmed down as volume in the cheeks was reduced.
After Buccal fat pads removal which is typically performed under sedation, patients remain in the clinic for up to 12 hours. Swelling and pain in the cheek area which may appear after the procedure, can easily be relieved by commonly available OTC painkillers. The process of healing is quick and requires roughly seven days. During this time, it is worth gargling with an antiseptic liquid in the oral cavity. After about one week, the patient can resume normal activities.
The price of the procedure is given here. It includes all the costs: anaesthesia, procedure, stay in the clinic post-op. This is a fixed price and does not depend on the amount of fat removed. When Buccal fat pads removal is combined with other surgeries such as MACS lifting, the price is agreed on individually. To get your quote please send us photos (face on and both profiles) via online form. The initial recommendation we will come back with, will be re-confirmed during a face-to-face consultation in the clinic, right before your surgery.
|Required medical tests||Blood type, morphology (HGB, HCT, RBC, WBC, PLT, erythrocyte sedimentation rate), electrolytes (Na, K, Ca), sugar level, coagulation (prothrombin time, APTT, INR), antigens (HBS, HCV, HIV), resting ECG and chest X-ray with description, nasal swabs tested for bacteria|
|Contraindications||Diabetes, circulatory system diseases, unregulated hypertension, blood coagulation issues, pregnancy|
|Procedure time||1 hour|
|Anaesthesia||General or sedation|
|Time spent in the clinic||A few hours post-op|