For many men, combating facial fullness with diet and exercise just won’t cut it. Having a face with overly rounded cheeks or abnormally large buccal fat pads can be a result of genetics, weight gain or other factors. If you have always desired a more chiseled appearance and want to reveal the facial contours hidden by buccal fat pads, there is a procedure for you. At Male Plastic Surgery Los Angeles, we offer buccal fat removal—a facial surgery that responds to such concerns, as it proportionally removes the fat pads to reduce rounded cheeks.
What Is The Recovery Time?
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 dieting 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. Buccal fat removal surgery improves the appearance of “chipmunk cheeks” and makes the overall facial shape more sculpted and symmetrical. The procedure achieves this by removing the fat pads and reducing the amount of fullness in the cheeks.
How Does Buccal Fat Removal Work?
Typically, buccal fat removal is performed under local anesthesia. First, an incision is made inside the cheek, towards the back of the mouth. Your surgeon will apply external pressure to the cheeks to uncover your fat pads through the muscle fibers. The fat is then teased out, cut and removed. Finally, the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures. Since this surgery is performed from inside the mouth, there is no visible scarring.
What Is The Recovery For Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?
The recovery time from buccal fat removal surgery is approximately 3 weeks. Your doctor may prescribe a special mouthwash in order to prevent infection, as well as necessary antibiotics and a chin strap. Patients may experience 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, patients will 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.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
Men in Los Angeles who feel like they have an excessively round or chubby face would be excellent candidates for buccal fat removal surgery. Patients should be in good overall health. 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 could 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.