Buccal Fat Removal

Eric Li, MD -  - Plastic Surgery

CA Aesthetics

Eric Li, MD

Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics located in Los Gatos, CA

If you have excess fat around your cheeks or the appearance of fuller cheeks, a simple procedure can reduce your cheek fat and give you a slimmer face and more defined facial features. At CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos and San Jose, California, plastic surgeon Eric Li, MD, and his team offer buccal fat removal to perfect your look. Call the office to learn more!

Buccal Fat Removal Q & A

What is buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat removal, also known as cheek reduction surgery, is a procedure in which excess fat is removed from your cheeks with little to no downtime. This procedure can reshape your face for a more slender and trendier look as well as correct any asymmetries in your face. The area that is reduced is the fat underneath your cheek bones.

Is buccal fat removal right for me?

To find out if you are a candidate for buccal fat removal, Dr. Li and his team review your medical history and examine your cheeks and the remainder of your face. He then discusses your desired outcome and lets you know what to expect during and after your procedure. Dr. Li personalizes each aesthetic treatment to give you the most desirable outcome. Sometimes, other facial treatments or surgeries may be recommended instead.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Follow Dr. Li’s instructions before undergoing buccal fat removal. He may ask you to adjust your medication regimen, stop taking certain medications or dietary supplements, and undergo a medical evaluation or lab testing. Avoid smoking before and after the procedure. 

What happens during buccal fat removal surgery?

Buccal fat removal can be performed under general anesthesia, sedation, or local anesthetic (completely awake). Regardless, he will make sure that you do not have any pain before he starts surgery. The incision is placed inside your mouth so there will be no visible scarring. Fat is then carefully removed based on his artistic judgment. Some fat needs to be left behind to avoid excessive hollowness in the future. He then closes the incisions to complete the procedure. The entire procedure is relatively quick.

What should I expect after the procedure?

You can expect some swelling and tenderness after a buccal fat removal procedure at CA Aesthetics. Ice the treatment area, get plenty of rest, and take medications as needed to maximize comfort. Dr. Li might ask you to use a special mouth rinse or follow a liquid diet for a few days.

Complete healing may take several weeks. Over the next few weeks, as swelling subsides, you can expect slimmer, more contoured cheeks. Attend follow-up visits with Dr. Li as needed to ensure the best possible results.

To learn more about buccal fat removal and find out if it is right for you, call the CA Aesthetics office today.

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