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What is a buccal fat reduction?

Buccal fat reduction is a facial plastic surgery procedure in which excess fat is removed from the pads of the cheeks to create a more contoured facial appearance. This procedure can improve the appearance of the cheeks, enhancing facial balance and harmony.

Why choose Dr. Ardesh for buccal fat reduction?

  • Dr. Ardesh is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a true expert in his field.
  • He received his training and education at several of the most highly acclaimed institutions and served as a professor at Loma Linda University.
  • At Ardesh Facial Plastic Surgery, we focus our practice exclusively on procedures of the face.

Am I a candidate for buccal fat reduction?

You may be a candidate for this procedure if you:

  • Have chubby or puffy cheek
  • Have cheeks with a convex appearance
  • Want to improve or rejuvenate facial contours

What can I expect in a buccal fat reduction procedure?

Buccal fat reduction is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or conscious sedation and takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to perform.

This procedure requires an incision inside the mouth in the cheek area through which buccal fat is gently removed to create a more sculpted appearance with no visible scarring.

Absorbable sutures are used to close the incisions inside the mouth.

What is recovery like after buccal fat reduction?

It takes approximately seven to ten days for the tissues inside the mouth to recover after a buccal fat reduction. You will need to maintain a semi-liquid or soft diet for the first few days after surgery.

You may experience some facial swelling, which will resolve on its own within a few weeks. Your slimmer, more sculpted cheeks will become visible when the swelling subsides completely.

What are the benefits of buccal fat reduction?

This surgery is an excellent option for people with rounder cheeks who want a more chiseled appearance of the face. It is a simple, quick procedure with minimal downtime and leaves no visible scarring. When your final results appear, you can expect to see thinner, more contoured cheeks, specifically in the area of the cheek hollow, along with enhanced facial appearance.

Buccal Fat Reduction FAQ


How soon will I see results after buccal fat reduction?

Although downtime is minimal with this procedure, it can take several months for final results to appear, when post-surgical swelling has subsided completely.


Can weight gain or weight loss affect my results?

Yes, in some cases, significant weight gain or weight loss can impact the results of this procedure. Skin laxity resulting from the natural aging process can also affect the results.


To learn more about your rejuvenation options with Dr. Ardesh, please schedule an appointment.


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