Buccal Fat Removal in Melbourne

Cheek Fat Removal in Melbourne, VIC

  • Do you have rounder or fuller cheeks? 
  • Are chubby cheeks bothering you? 

Can Buccal Fat Removal Improve the Appearance of your Cheeks?

If you want to reduce the amount of fat in your cheeks, then a buccal fat removal might be right for you. Also known as cheek reduction, the goal of this surgical procedure is to thin the area of the cheek hollows and to bring balance to your facial contour. Buccal fat removal can be done alone or with another plastic surgery procedure such as facelift, facial implants, or rhinoplasty.

Buccal Fat

Buccal Fat Pad Removal surgery removes excess fat from the cheeks to produce a more contoured and refined appearance.

A face with some fullness looks healthy and youthful. Excessive fullness, however, disrupts the harmony of the features and produces a “chipmunk cheek” effect that makes many people self-conscious.

Buccal Fat Pad Removal addresses this problem by removing excess fat from the cheeks to produce a more delicate, chiselled appearance. Effective as this procedure is, however, it should not be undertaken without some thought for the future.

  • Most people’s faces begin to thin as they reach their 30s, so the fullness that concerns you may disappear on its own.
  • If you choose to have Buccal Fat Pad Removal performed before this natural slimming of the face occurs, you may find your face becoming too thin as you begin to age.

It is best to take a careful look at your genetics. Did your parents have overly plump faces when they were young? Did this plumpness persist once they reached their 30s and 40s? If so, you may have inherited their more rounded facial appearance. If not, having Buccal Fat Removal surgery while you are still young may leave you looking gaunt as you get older. This can be corrected but would require additional surgery.

Are you an Ideal Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

In general, you are an ideal candidate for the procedure if:

  • The appearance of your chubby cheeks is affecting your self-esteem
  • You are willing to adhere to postoperative instructions
  • You do not have bleeding or clotting disorder
  • You do not smoke
  • You have a stable weight
  • You have a fuller or rounder face
  • You have realistic expectations regarding the procedure
  • You’re physically healthy
  • Your face is not narrow or not naturally thin
  • You don’t have progressive hemifacial atrophy (shrinking of one side of the face)
  • You’re not too old
  • It is important to keep in mind that buccal fat removal is a highly individualized procedure and the clinical outcome may vary from patient to patient. If you are considering this procedure, consult with your surgeon to determine if it will fit your body type, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals. 

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What are the Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal?

This surgical procedure can offer the following benefits:

  • Improved facial contour
  • Increased self-confidence
  • More balanced facial shape
  • Rejuvenated facial appearance
  • Well-defined cheeks

Your Buccal Fat Removal Consultation

During your Buccal Fat Pad Reduction consultation, Dr Briggs will take a complete medical history and inquire about any medications you are currently taking and whether you smoke. He will ask about your goals for the procedure, explain what you can expect and describe how the procedure will be performed.

You and your surgeon will also discuss the types of anaesthesia that can be used for the procedure and decide which is right for you.


Your Buccal Fat Removal Operation

What to Expect

Buccal Fat Removal is most often performed as a day case using local anaesthesia coupled with sedation or a general anaesthetic. After injecting a solution of Lidocaine, epinephrine and saline to numb the area and limit bleeding, your surgeon will make a small (2-4 cm long) incision between your cheek and gums near your second molar from the back. He will then press on the outside of your cheek to make the buccal fat protrude through the incision so he can tease it out a little at a time with surgical forceps. Once an adequate amount has been removed he will close the incision, most often with dissolvable sutures.

How much is Buccal Fat Removal Surgery? – Prices & Cost of Surgery

Please note Dr Briggs offers Buccal Fat Removal as part of a surgical package performed in an accredited hospital for the price of $6,500. 

This package price is all inclusive, meaning it includes the Surgeon, Anaesthetist, Hospital and Garment Fees (if applicable) as well as 6 weeks post-operative care.

Recovery After Your Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

After your surgery you will need to sleep on two pillows to keep your head elevated for at least two weeks and take it easy for at least three.

During your recovery period there are several things you should expect:

  • You will have some discomfort, but this should be controlled by pain medication that will be prescribed for you. Should you experience excessive pain, redness or any other symptoms that seem abnormal you should contact your surgeon immediately. These symptoms could be signs of infection.
  • Bruising and swelling are normal after surgery and will subside in a matter of days or weeks. In most instances however, bruising and swelling is very limited from the beginning.
  • Because of the incision inside your mouth you may have to eat a restricted diet for a while. Your surgeon will tell you what foods you should avoid. You will also be instructed to rinse your mouth several times a day with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • As your sutures are dis-solvable, it will not be necessary to have them removed. Please resist the temptation to chew on the stitches you feel inside your cheek.
  • At your first follow-up meeting, usually a week after surgery, your surgeon will assess the healing of the wounds inside your mouth. Even though you should be feeling better by this time it is important to continue to take it easy, not bend over and not lift heavy objects. Contact sports should be avoided for at least six to eight weeks.
  • Your swelling will continue to subside for several weeks and as it does, your new, more defined facial structure will be revealed.
  • During this time you may notice a change in your smile or odd sensations like tingling, pulling, burning, hollowness, cold or sudden sharp pain. These feelings, which are related to the healing of the nerve branches in the area of the operation, usually subside within the first few weeks.
  • Numbness is also possible and, while it usually settles within the first few weeks, it may occasionally become a permanent issue. Other possible complications of Buccal Fat Reduction include asymmetry, hematoma, seroma and infra-orbital nerve and facial nerve buccal branch dysfunction.

What are the Risks and Complications associated with Buccal Fat Removal?

In general, buccal fat removal is considered safe. However, like all surgical procedures, it comes with risks. Possible complications associated with this procedure include the following:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Blood clots (hematoma)
  • Damage to the facial nerve
  • Damage to the salivary glands
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Excess removal of fat resulting in sunken cheeks
  • Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage)
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Heart or lung problems
  • Infection at the incision site
  • Lockjaw
  • Poor cosmetic results
  • Possibility of another surgery to correct unwanted side effects
  • Seroma (fluid accumulation)

Urgent Care –  Contacting your Surgeon after your Buccal Fat Removal

Before discharge, your surgeon will provide instructions regarding when to return for follow-up. However, if you experience any fever, changes in skin sensation, increasing facial pain, pus at the incision site, difficulty opening your jaw, and other unwanted side effects of the procedure, you should immediately consult with your surgeon for further evaluation and medical management.

What Factors can affect the Final Results of Buccal Fat Removal?

Several factors can significantly affect the results of your procedure. These include the following:

  • The skill of your surgeon
  • Your adherence to postoperative instructions
  • Your body’s healing ability
  • Aging with time
  • Your diet – weight gain or weight loss
  • Your lifestyle

If you are planning to undergo buccal fat removal to improve your facial contour and increase your self-confidence, schedule a consultation with Dr Briggs.

Is Buccal Fat Removal Effective for Facial Fat?

Several lines of evidence support the safety and efficacy of buccal fat removal for facial fat.

In patients with cheek fullness, buccal fat removal improved the facial silhouette and volume of the midface. [1] This result was achieved by excising 0.69 mL of facial fat tissue.

A 2019 study also reported that surgical reduction of the buccal fat pad in a patient with fullness in the contour of the lower cheek significantly reduced the amount of facial fat. [2]

Further Reading & Medical References

  1. Sezgin B, Tatar S, Boge M, Ozmen S, Yavuzer R. The Excision of the Buccal Fat Pad for Cheek Refinement: Volumetric Considerations. Aesthet Surg J. 2019 May 16;39(6):585-592. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjy188. PMID: 30084868. Retrieved from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30084868/ .
  2. Weniger FG, Weidman AA. The Buccal Fat Pad: A Case Report and Retrospective Case Series. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019;7(7):e2328. Published 2019 Jul 5. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000002328. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6952128/.

Dr Patrick Briggs FRCS (Plast) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is vastly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

With worldwide expertise, Dr Patrick Briggs is practising breast, face and body surgery for men and women in Melbourne, VIC.

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  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

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*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general.  For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.

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