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What Is Recovery Like After Buccal Fat Removal?

If you have a classic baby face or overly round cheeks, buccal fat removal may be the solution. This surgery removes the fat pad located in buccal space (just to the side of the mouth) for a more chiseled and defined face. If you’re considering surgery, you likely have questions about the recovery process. Dr. Sajjadian can give you customized advice during your consultation. Until then, keep reading for some generalized information about recovery after buccal fat removal. Variety of procedures done alone or in combination with buccal fat removal could finally put a stop to improve the appearance of buccal fat excess.

Buccal Fat Removal: What Does the Procedure Entail?

Buccal fat removal is a simple surgical procedure that removes a fat pad located in the cheek. A small incision is made inside of the cheek through which the fat is gently removed. The incision is then closed and the process repeated on the other side of the face. General anesthesia is not typically needed (many patients are awake during the process) and you can head home right after surgery.  It is important to note that we all lose fat in our faces as we age and one may or may not need filler or fat placed at a later stage of life…Only small amount of fat in the right candidate can make a positive difference.

Is Buccal Fat Removal Recovery Painful?

There is very little pain after buccal fat removal. Most patients require no painkillers and many are surprised to find the recovery period practically painless.

When Can I Return to Work?

There is very little downtime after buccal fat pad removal. Many patients feel good enough to return to work the very next day. You may want to rest immediately after the procedure, but will likely feel pretty good the next day. You may have a bit of swelling, but bruising is typically minimal and often not apparent at all.

How Long Until the Full Results Are Visible?

You won’t be able to see the full results of your surgery until the swelling has completely subsided. This typically takes between 4-6 weeks. Many patients have no visible bruising during recovery. Since the incision is made inside of the cheek, you won’t have any visible incisions or scarring during and after the healing process.

If you still have a “baby face”, but are well into your adult years, come see Dr. Sajjadian, a triple-board-certified and highly experienced surgeon. His caring demeanor and extensive surgical skill contribute to a pleasant experience from consultation until long after healing is complete. Call us today to schedule your consultation to evaluate if you are a good candidate for this procedure.