Buccal Fat Removal

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Introduction to Buccal Fat Removal

Having a symmetrical face and defined cheekbones is something many people desire from their looks. Depending on your genetics, you may not have the definition on your cheeks that you desire due to additional fat. Buccal fat, the lower part of your cheek above your jawline, can sometimes give the face a more padded look, adding to your insecurity. If you are concerned about this and desire a more sculpted cheek and jawline, a Buccal Fat Removal procedure can help you achieve this.

If you are considering Buccal Fat Removal, you have made the right choice by coming to Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. Conveniently located to serve the Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Arcadia areas, our practice is led by board-certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Arthur Yu, MD, PhD, who brings 20 years of experience with him. Call us today to see how a Buccal Fat Removal procedure can give you a slimmer, more defined look in your facial structure.

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What is Buccal Fat Removal?

A Buccal Fat Removal or “cheek reduction surgery” is a cosmetic surgery used for defining your facial shape and contour.‌ The goal of buccal fat removal is to thin the cheeks, specifically in the area of the cheek hollows. A buccal fat removal removes the buccal fat pad, a naturally occurring pad of fat in the cheek hollow area. The size of the buccal fat pad varies with each individual patient, and the buccal fat pad in each cheek may be different sizes. Buccal fat pad extraction surgery is typically not performed in people with thin, narrow faces as removal of the fat may cause the face to look more gaunt with age.

What are the Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal?

Each patient’s reasons for getting a Buccal Fat Removal in Los Angeles & surrounding Arcadia areas is personal, and should always be chosen to benefit yourself. There are a number of benefits from this surgical procedure, including: 

  • Defined cheekbones
  • Slimmer face
  • No visible scarring as surgery is performed inside the cheek
  • More pleasing aesthetic overall
  • Confidence in your looks

To learn how you can benefit from Buccal Fat Removal in Los Angeles or Pasadena, call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.

Who are the Best Candidates for the Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal Fat Removal is a highly individualized procedure. It can address concerns for patients who are worried about full or chubby cheeks. You may be a good buccal fat removal candidate if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a nonsmoker
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your chubby cheeks

If you’re considering surgery, spend some time reviewing buccal fat removal surgery photos and learning about what to expect during recovery. Preparation ahead of time helps patients have reasonable expectations and a smoother recovery.

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Buccal Fat Removal First Step

What’s The First Step?

The first step to getting a Buccal Fat Removal in Arcadia (in  Los Angeles County) is to call our clinic to schedule a consultation. During the consultation, you’ll talk with Dr. Yu about your issues with your facial structure, and how this procedure can benefit you. Dr. Yu may also take photos to map out where to make the incision. Once you have been assessed as a good candidate for this procedure, our patient coordinator will help you book your surgical and follow-up appointments. 

Before the day of your procedure, your surgeon will give you a list of instructions to prepare you for surgery. This can include avoiding medications like blood thinners, or fasting for a certain amount of time.

What to Expect on the Day of Buccal Fat Removal surgery

On the day of your surgery, you will first be administered a type of anesthesia to numb the area and minimize discomfort. Next, the incisions will be made. Buccal fat removal surgery requires an incision on the inside of the mouth, and the inner portion of your cheek. This means there will be no visible scarring on the outside. The surgeon will extract the amount of fatty tissue as discussed in your consultation, to give you the slimmer, defined look you are aiming for. 

Finally, the incisions will be closed using sutures. Be sure to avoid playing with the sutures with your tongue until cleared by your surgeon. Once the surgery is complete, our medical team will equip you with all the information you need for a successful and smooth recovery.

Buccal Fat Removal Recovery

We advise all our surgical patients to arrange transportation to and from our clinic, which will enable you to rest after your surgery. 

Following your buccal fat removal surgery, you may be instructed to stay on a soft diet for several days or longer. Your surgeon may instruct you on special mouth rinses to reduce the risk of infection.

You will be given specific instructions that can include:

  • How to care for your surgical site(s) following surgery
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon


Healing time is usually about three weeks. It usually takes several months before you are completely healed and until you see the final results.

If you are concerned about any aspect of the recovery and healing period, talk to your surgeon so they can put your mind at ease.

Buccal Fat Removal Cost

How much does Buccal Fat Removal cost in Arcadia, CA?

The cost of Buccal Fat Removal in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and the surrounding Arcadia area will vary based on the amount of tissue being removed, and the specific surgical plan as laid out by your surgeon. During your consultation, Dr. Yu will assess these factors, and then our patient coordinator will give you information about the price you can expect to pay, as well as the financing options we offer.  


Why Choose Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa?

When you come to Premier Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, you are making a great choice for your Buccal Fat Removal. Our practice was founded by Dr. Arthur Yu, MD, PhD, who is an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified plastic surgeon with nearly 20 years of experience in the field. Dr. Yu and his team have been awarded multiple honors over the years for their groundbreaking work in the field of plastic surgery, most notably for body contouring procedures and non-surgical treatments that offer patients a new lease on life. He is a proud member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

Conveniently located to serve clients in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and the surrounding Arcadia areas, we are excited to help you reach your aesthetic goals, and give you back the body and face you want and deserve. Come and see Dr. Yu and his team for your Buccal Fat Removal today.

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To schedule a Buccal Fat Removal consultation, give us a call, or contact us through the patient portal on our website. We offer in-person consultation sessions or via video conferencing. Our team is excited to get to know you and provide surgical results that will enhance your look and help you achieve your ideal aesthetic. Call us today to book your Buccal Fat Removal surgery. 

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