There are many facial treatments available that can lift, sculpt, slim, and contour the face. One of these is buccal face fat removal. Buccal fat pads are located between the masseter and buccinator muscles; in other words, buccal fat lies between your jaw bones and cheekbones.
As some people age, buccal fat can slowly shift, creating a larger, wider look to a person’s face when viewed from the front.
As time progresses, the fascia on top of the fat pad begins to thin out, which means that the fat pads become even more prominent. If you take a look at your face and start thinking that it looks wider in the middle or lower areas, it’s likely that buccal fat is causing the issue.
Thankfully, however, there are buccal face fat removal treatments available at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia, CA.
What Is Buccal Face Fat Removal?
Buccal facial fat removal is also sometimes called a cheek reduction procedure. When a person has this facial fat removed, the bone structure and contour of the face are highlighted. This is especially true with the hollowed-out areas between the jawline and cheeks.
A person who chooses to undergo buccal facial fat removal may feel that the roundness of their cheeks makes their face look fuller than they want it to. Facial fat removal can result in a face that appears more slender and elongated as opposed to full and chubby.
What Is a Buccal Facial Fat Removal Procedure Like?
A buccal face fat removal procedure is done on an outpatient basis, which means that patients go home the same day. The skin on the face will be numb after a local anesthetic is given, and tiny incisions are made on the inside of the mouth on each side of the face. This will expose the person’s buccal fat pads.
The fat pads are gently pressed to expose them even more. Then, excess buccal fat will be removed. Once the face fat removal is complete, the incisions are closed with sutures, which are usually dissolvable. This means they will be naturally absorbed by the body over time, and you won’t have to return to us to have them removed.
If, for some reason, you are not able to have dissolvable sutures, we’ll let you know when to come back to have them removed. After your procedure is finished, we will give you instructions on how to care for your mouth as you heal.
An Option for Face Fat Removal: Fat Grafting
Fat grafting is a term used to describe when fat is removed from one part of the body and added to a different area. There are many benefits to fat grafting using your own fat. Since the fat belongs to the patient, their body is more likely to accept it.
Fat can be removed from the area between the cheekbones and the jawbone and inserted into other areas of the body, including these:
- Brow ridges
- Tear troughs
- Nasolabial folds
In addition, this technique can be used to add fat to help patients with bowleggedness or a funnel chest. When people opt for hand fat grafting, it can rejuvenate the youthful appearance of hand skin that is thinner than it used to be.
Chin Grafting After Facial Fat Removal
Chin fat grafting can produce results that are superior to chin implants unless there is a severe chin deficiency. Sometimes the lower lip has fat added to it to enhance its volume when the chin is grafted.
Lip Fat Grafting
If you think you might be interested in lip fat grafting, you should know that it is a popular solution for people who have a thin upper lip with a “gummy” appearance when they smile. If you think your smile is overly gummy, fat grafting of the upper lip, medial cheek region, and the canine fossa can resolve it.
Nose Fat Grafting
Many people choose to have nose fat grafting to make an overly thin nose more voluptuous and proportional. The procedure can also be used to correct minor imperfections or defects, such as a minor saddle nose.
Nose fat grafting can be used to correct the radix region of the nose, as well. If you’ve been told that you have a mild issue with columella show (columella veiling) in your nose, nose fat grafting can correct this, too.
Face Fat Removal for Tear Troughs and Nasolabial Fold Grafting
Nasolabial folds are the lines that run from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. These lines can be filled in with fat to give the face a firm, contoured appearance. Fat can also fill tear troughs to diminish under-eye bags and add volume to a sunken look.
Forehead, Brow Ridges, and Temples
Giving the forehead an attractive rounded silhouette with fat taken from another area of the face is also excellent for diminishing forehead lines.
When brow ridges are augmented with fat, along with temple grafting, a double ogee (curve) structure of the face is created, which is a desirable beauty trait that can be seen when the face is viewed at a 45-degree angle.
Buccal Face Fat Removal in Arcadia, CA
If you’re interested in seeing what buccal facial fat removal with or without grafting could do for your appearance, contact our office today. At Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Let’s get started with an initial consultation to discuss what you’re looking for with fat removal or grafting in Arcadia, CA.