Buccal fat pad removal can be instrumental in slimming and sculpting the lower face for a more chiseled aesthetic. Patients with pronounced buccal fat pads (“chipmunk cheeks”) often feel they look too young or too heavy.
Buccal fat pad removal is performed to create a slimmer facial contour. Buccal fat pads are naturally occurring fat deposits situated in the lower part of the cheeks. Some patients may have larger buccal fat pads than others, which can give the appearance of a round or chubby face.
The procedure is carried out using local anesthesia and involves making a small incision inside the mouth. Dr. Lee removes a portion of the fat pads before closing the incision with dissolvable sutures. He is extremely careful not to over-operate, which could result in an overly gaunt appearance.
Recovery time is relatively rapid, with most patients able to resume normal activities within 3-5 days. Buccal fat pad removal is a highly individualized procedure that can be tailored to the specific needs and goals of each patient.