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Buccal Fat Removal for Men in LA

Buccal Fat Removal for Men in LA

What is Buccal Fat?

The buccal fat pad is a mass of fat in the middle of the cheek located within the empty space below the cheekbone. These fat pads are what determines a person’s face shape. The bigger the fat pads, the rounder one’s face would be; in extreme cases, a man may end up having a “baby face.”

The size of the buccal pads are usually hereditary and elements such as weight loss, exercise, or diets won’t affect them as they would normal fat. Typically, buccal fat pads will diminish slightly nearing adulthood, but even then the remaining fat could be too large for some men in LA. Buccal fat removal is a facial surgery that responds to such concerns, as it proportionally removes the fat pads to reduce rounded cheeks.

How is Buccal Fat Removed?

Typically the surgery is performed under local anesthesia, while the patient is awake. An incision is made inside the cheek, towards the back of the mouth. External pressure is applied to the cheeks in order to expose the buccal fat pads through the muscle fibers. The fat is then teased out, cut, and removed. After replacing the remaining fat, the incision is closed with dissolvable stitches.

What are the Benefits?

The removal of buccal fat and the subsequent reshaping of the face can massively help men in LA whose face size has been a complex. It can be a great moral booster, as the previous “baby face” will be replaced with a more mature contour. In addition, the procedure is very short, taking only about 20 minutes. There’s also minimal downtime and no lasting scars or incision marks. Patients won’t have to worry about the effects reverting, as the new facial structure won’t be affected by future weight gains.

Who is a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Men in LA who feel like they have an excessively round or chubby face would be a good fit for the buccal fat removal procedure. Patients need to be in good health and weight. Non-smokers are generally preferred as well. If you are of old age or have a narrow facial structure, this procedure may not be for you. Considering that buccal fat pads reduce with age, removing buccal fat under such conditions will leave your cheeks hollow and sunken. While it is rare, people who have Parry-Romberg syndrome—a disorder that leads to facial skin shrinking—shouldn’t undergo buccal fat removal.

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Recovery Time 

Recovery from the surgery takes around three weeks. Mouthwash is provided in order to prevent infection, as well as necessary antibiotics and a chin strap. Patients may experience some swelling, as the empty space fills with fluids during the healing process. Ice packs may be necessary in order to lessen discomfort.

Due to the incision, any hot or spicy foods should be avoided for at least 24 hours. A liquid diet is necessary for a few days, and even after that, you’ll need to remain on soft foods. The final results of the surgery can take around 3 months to appear, as it takes time for the skin to settle into the hollowed-out area.

Treatment & Consultation

Listed as Forbes’ “go-to surgeon for men,” Dr. Steinbrech specializes in the removal of buccal fat removal for men in LA. Please contact Dr. Steinbrech’s office to set up your consultation or speak to a patient advisor.