It is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the cheeks to create a more contoured and defined facial appearance. The procedure is typically sought after by individuals who have a round, chubby, or “baby face” appearance.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision inside the mouth and carefully remove a portion of the buccal fat pad. The amount of fat removed will depend on the patient’s anatomy and desired outcome. The surgeon will then close the incision with dissolvable sutures.

Before the procedure

Patients should consult with their surgeon to discuss their goals and expectations for the surgery. They may need to undergo certain medical tests to ensure that they are healthy enough to undergo surgery. The surgeon may also provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, such as what medications to avoid and what to eat and drink before surgery.

After the procedure

Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several days to a few weeks. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort. Patients should avoid strenuous activities, smoking, and eating hard or chewy foods for several days after surgery to prevent complications. They may also need to follow a soft food diet for a period of time.


The results of buccal fat removal can be long-lasting, but they can be affected by weight gain or loss, aging, and other factors. Patients should also be aware that removing too much fat from the cheeks can result in a hollow or sunken appearance and that the procedure is not recommended for individuals with thin or aging skin.

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