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Buccal Fat Removal

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Buccal fat is the fat layer between the buccal mucosa and the outer layer cheek skin. Overweight individuals are more likely to have excess buccal fat, resulting in a round face. The operation will remove these excess fat and make the face appear slimmer. As some people often mistake buccal fat for jowl, which will require a different surgical approach, therefore it is recommended that the individual consult with the surgeon first to understand which approach will be best for their case.

Recommended for:

  • Individuals whom the surgeon deems as having excess buccal fat.


Operation details:

After applying anesthesia, the surgeon will cut open the buccal mucosa skin (approx. 2 cm), and then will start removing the excess buccal fat.


Post-operational treatments:

  1. Rinse mouth daily, 4 times per day (morning-noon-evening-night).

  2. Wear a face mask for 48 hours.

  3. Suture will self-dissolve in 1-2 months.

  4. Avoid having hot, strong-tasting, or preserved food for 1 month.

  5. The cheek swelling will gradually go away after 3 months.


Possible side-effects:

There are very few cases with side-effects. Some individuals may experience minor buccal mucosa bleeding, which only requires basic caring. If there is a lot of bleeding, then the individual may consider having an operation to remove the blood clot.


How long will the change last?

After the operation, individuals must be aware that buccal fat level may increase if they gain weight.

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