Buccal Fat Removal

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Buccal Fat Removal Rancho Mirage

Cheek fat removal: How to get rid of chubby cheeks

Having “chipmunk cheeks” can lead to some awkward social situations but there is a solution! It's time to get rid of a “baby face” by getting an aesthetic appearance that will give you more defined facial angles and contours. Our top buccal fat removal Rancho Mirage surgeons are able to remove fat from the cheek area and provide you with a more mature facial definition.

What is buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess buccal fat pad in the lower cheek areas and reduces facial fullness like puffy and chipmunk cheeks. Also known as cheek reduction, buccal fat removal decreases prominent cheeks for a more sculpted facial shape.

A chubby and rounded appearance can be associated to large buccal fat deposits in the lower face. That can affect how your lower jawline appears, including the nasolabial folds from your nose to the corners of your mouth. The large buccal fat pads make the facial lines appear worse. A buccal fat removal in Palm Desert will thin your cheeks, especially in the area of the cheek hollows.

Ideal Candidates for buccal fat removal

A person who is in good physical health, does not smoke, and has a stable weight is a good candidate for our Rancho Mirage buccal fat removal procedure. The key is to have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery and not to have any allergies to the implant material. If you are bothered by chubby or baby cheeks, you can definitely benefit from a cheek fat removal.

Buccal fat removal extraction can be performed at almost any age, even as young as people in their 20's. Every person's face is unique with some people beginning to lose facial fat younger than others. Fat reserves should not be removed too soon or you risk ending up with a thin or gaunt appearance.

About the Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

Buccal fat pad removal is a procedure that usually takes less than an hour to complete. You can choose between an intravenous sedation, a local or general anesthesia for your procedure. Small incisions are made on the inside portion of the mouth and cheeks to take out the fat pads easily and safely. Depending on your anatomy and facial contour, part of or the entire fat pad will be removed. The incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. A cheek fat removal can be done at the same time as other cosmetic facial procedures.

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What to expect

You can expect the best Rancho Mirage buccal fat removal to get rid of excess fat from your cheek pads and give you a more contoured face. Here are some of the great benefits:

Buccal Fat Removal FAQs

What are the Risks of Buccal Fat Extraction?

There are some risks, including bad reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, hematoma, infection, numbness, poor healing of incisions, scarring, seroma, skin loss or discoloration, swelling and thrombosis, and some risk of injury to a salivary duct or branches of the facial nerve.

Does it hurt?

You can expect your lower face and mouth to be sore and swollen after your surgery. It can take up to two weeks to heal. You may find it difficult to eat normally during your recovery. There may be bruising inside your mouth so it will be a good idea to go on a special diet for at least a week. You should avoid acidic food for a few days as you slowly regain strength in your mouth. You should sleep with your head elevated to keep the swelling down.

What about scarring?

All incisions are made inside the mouth so there will be no visible scarring.

Recovering from Buccal Fat Removal

Following a buccal fat removal surgery, you may experience some discomfort and pain, for which medications and cold packs can help with the soreness. You may experience some swelling and light bruising. Bandages or gauze dressings might be applied to your incisions to decrease swelling and help your cheeks to heal. If you receive an incision inside your mouth, a temporary liquid diet and a special mouth rinse will be suggested.

If you have any stitches in your mouth, they should dissolve within 10 days. It can take several weeks for the swelling to go down. You can return to work within a few days depending on how you feel and the type of work that you do. Everyone heals differently but, in general, it can take up to four months to be fully healed.

When will I see the results?

You will see instant results after your cheek fat removal surgery. However, it will take up to four months to see the final results. It will take that long for all the redness and swelling to subside and for your cheeks to gradually contour to their new appearance.

Are the results permanent?

The result of a Rancho Mirage buccal fat pad removal procedure is permanent and will redefine the shape of your face.

How much does buccal fat removal cost?

The cost of a buccal fat removal Palm Desert procedure depends on the extent of what is needed to correct. There are surgical, facility and anesthesia fees that affect the final cost of your procedure. The experience of the surgeon also comes into consideration. Make sure to choose a board-certified Rancho Mirage plastic surgeon who understands what you want and how the buccal fat extraction will benefit you.

You can also consider the CareCredit program, which is an affordable healthcare financing program often used by patients for healthcare-related expenses. Because many cosmetic surgery procedures are not covered by insurance and credit cards have high interest rates, CareCredit can be a great choice with a line of credit that offers no interest if you pay the full payments.


During your Rancho Mirage buccal fat removal consultation, you will get a chance to talk to your surgeon about your goals, previous surgeries and your current medical condition. Let the surgeon know of any medical allergies and medications, vitamins and herbal supplements that you are currently taking on a daily basis. The risks and complications of the procedure will be discussed with you. The surgeon will evaluate your health, your pre-existing health conditions, examine your face and take photographs in order to recommend the best cheek fat removal in Rancho Mirage and get rid of chubby cheeks.