Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal Fat Removal: What It Is, Recovery & Before & After

Chubby cheeks may be endearing during childhood, but as adults, many desire a more sculpted and defined face. Dr. Taís Trevelin (Lowry) offers buccal fat pad removal, a procedure designed to slim the cheeks and enhance the facial contours without visible scars or extended recovery time.

What is Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

Buccal fat pad removal is a surgical procedure that reduces the prominence of the cheeks by eliminating the underlying fat pads. These pads, situated in the lower part of the cheeks, can create a "chipmunk" appearance, especially as they shift with age. By removing or reducing these fat pads, the face gains a more contoured and balanced look. The procedure starts at $2,000, excluding anesthesia and surgeon fees. Our San Diego Dental Surgery office provides financing options and aims to find suitable payment methods for every patient.

How does Buccal Fat Pad Removal work?

The process involves small incisions made inside the mouth, ensuring no visible scarring. Depending on the desired outcome and the individual's facial structure, a precise amount of fat is removed. The procedure can be completed within an hour and can be combined with other oral facial harmonization treatments, such whitening, gum and teeth contouring.

Who is a good candidate?

You might be a good fit for buccal fat removal if:

• You often bite your cheeks
• You're in good health.
• Your weight is relatively stable.
• You don’t smoke.
• You have realistic expectations.

A consultation with Dr. Taís Trevelin (Lowry) will help determine your suitability for the procedure.

What is the process?

The outpatient procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia or IV sedation. After the anesthetic is administered, Dr. Taís Trevelin (Lowry) makes the necessary incisions to remove the buccal fat pads. Once the desired amount of fat is removed, sutures are used to close the incisions.

What can I expect from the Recovery Process?

Like with any surgery, you can count on a few days of soreness afterward, as well as some swelling that should last for a few weeks. You may need to eat a primarily liquid diet for the first week and stick to soft foods for the rest of your recovery. Make sure to listen to all of your dentist’s advice, meet up for follow-up appointments, and call your dentist if you feel worsening pain. The results will not be immediate, and it may be 6-8 months before your cheeks take shape.

Contact your doctor right away if you notice symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, abnormal heartbeat, or excessive bleeding. Like any surgery, there is always a risk of complication. Salivary gland damage, deep vein thrombosis, infection, excess fat removal, and more can occur. Our dentist will work with you to inform you as to these risks and mitigate them as much as possible. A follow-up appointment will be necessary to correct the issue in some


Can buccal fat come back?
No, the results are permanent.

What are the risks?
Potential risks include asymmetry, bleeding, hematoma, and infection, but these risks can be minimized with a skilled dental surgeon.

Can the procedure be reversed?
While the removal itself can't be undone, hollow areas can be enhanced with fat grafting or treatments like Sculptra.

How is the procedure done?
Incisions are made inside the mouth to remove the buccal fat pads, ensuring no visible scars.

How long does it take?
Typically, 30-60 minutes.

Am I a good candidate?
Those with prominent cheeks due to large buccal fat pads causing cheek bites are ideal candidates.

Can I return home the same day? Yes, it's an outpatient procedure. Recovery does necessitate some dietary adjustments, and your doctor will provide guidance.

If you're considering buccal fat pad removal, consult with a reputable doctor like Dr. Taís Trevelin (Lowry) to understand the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks.


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