What is buccal fat removal?
Face fat removal (or buccal fat removal) by our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Charles K. Lee, will slim chubby cheeks and surgically sculpt a facial profile. A face fat reduction is a surgical procedure that minimizes the fat pad in the cheeks that are so difficult to change through diet and exercise. Our patients, both men and women, may be skinny but have chubby cheeks that are disproportionate to their overall facial characteristics. At L Plastic Surgery, we can go over the pros and cons of buccal fat removal to see if you would be a good fit for this procedure. Call our San Francisco, CA office to schedule an appointment to find out more about face fat reduction surgery. Your cherub cheeks can be evaluated by Dr. Lee so that he can create a customized treatment plan to slenderize your cheeks with surgery.
Buccal Fat Removal Reviews
"I thought a long time about buccal fat removal procedure to reduce my chubby cheeks. I didn’t know this kind of procedure even existed. A friend of mine introduced me to L plastic surgery in San Francisco, telling me about this amazing procedure. After I got this procedure, my face went from being chubby to slim. I was really nervous with the procedure but I am extremely happy to have this procedure done. The staff is always very professional and caring and Dr. Lee is an amazing surgeon and made me feel safe. I recommend him to anyone, I trust him!"- A.M. / Google / Mar 22, 2019
"I had the Asian Eyelid Surgery with Dr. Charles Lee about a year. I must say that I am very happy and satisfied with the outcome and have had a positive overall experience with Dr. Lee and his staff. I was referred by my friend who recently had buccal fat removal by Dr. Lee. At my consultation appointment, I was greeted by his friendly staff and was shortly seen by Dr. Lee. He listened carefully to my concerns/ what bothered me about my eyelids and I described to him what my desired look will be after surgery. After some measurements, he was confident that he can give me a natural-looking crease without altering the overall appearance or changing the shape of my eyes. Diana came in to the consultation room to go over pricing with me and explained the surgery and recovery process. To date, there is minimal swelling but I can definitely see the great results from surgery and loving how my eyelids look. Dr. Lee is a very capable surgeon and his approachable demeanor makes it very comfortable and easy for patients to talk to him. Every time someone compliments my eyelids, I always recommend Dr. Lee without any hesitation!"- G.Y. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"Wonderful Experience and Even Better Outcome! - I’ve always had chipmunk cheeks my whole life and recently found out there’s a procedure to take the fat out from your cheeks - Buccal Fat removal. After doing extensive research (with the help of Realself), I made a few consultation appointments with a plastic surgeon. Ultimately, I chose the wonderful Dr. Lee to move forward with the procedure. The procedure itself was not as bad as I thought. I was so nervous the morning of my surgery but his staff and OR technician was soooo nice! Dr. Lee explained everything he was going to do and gave me the injection to numb me. After that, I felt nothing! The procedure was over before I knew it. Dr. Lee took out the fat and placed dissolvable sutures on each side of my cheeks and I was done. It’s been 3 months since my procedure and I am soooo happy with my results. Many thanks to Dr. Lee and his rockstar staff!!! You guys rock!"- B. / RealSelf / Mar 19, 2019
"No more chubby cheeks-Buccal fat removal - I thought a long time about buccal fat removal procedure to reduce my chubby cheeks. I didn’t know this kind of procedure even existed. A friend of mine introduced me to L plastic surgery in San Francisco, telling me about this amazing procedure. After I got this procedure, my face went from being chubby to slim. I was really nervous with the procedure but I am extremely happy to have this procedure done. The staff is always very professional and caring and Dr. Lee is an amazing surgeon and made me feel safe. I recommend him to anyone, I trust him!"- A. / RealSelf / Mar 19, 2019
"Buccal fat removal - Just got done with the buccal fat removal procedure. The procedure was less lingual than I expected it to be. My face is pretty swollen currently. Hopefully I’ll go down. Doctor recommended me to be on a soup And soft food diet for at least a week."- S. / RealSelf / Apr 25, 2019
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Ideal candidates for a surgical face fat reduction of the cheeks are adults who:
- Are in great health
- Would like to slim down their mid-face
- Have age-related volume loss in their cheeks
- Are not genetically prone to hollow or flat cheeks
- Have lost weight, but the cheeks remain unfazed by weight loss attempts
- Have asymmetry in their cheeks due to a congenital defect, a health condition, or a trauma
Dr. Lee's Surgical Technique
Your buccal fat removal surgery may be performed in an outpatient surgical center or at a local hospital where Dr. Lee has medical privileges. Anesthesia or IV sedation will be given to keep you comfortable for your one-hour cheek fat reduction surgery. The surgery will begin with incisions made in your mouth in the lower section of each cheek. Dr. Lee will manually extract the buccal fat pad equally on each side. Then he will close the incisions in your mouth with sutures. Once you are ready to be discharged, we will send you home with a friend or family member. Your recovery will begin at home, and we will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your incisions to prevent infection.
Recovering at home should be relatively easy at a buccal fat pad removal. You may have a soft diet to follow during your recovery to prevent disrupting the incisions. You will have some swelling within the cheeks. Each day your swelling should go down. Once the swelling has dissipated, you should be able to see your final results.
If you have any questions or concerns about your incisions, please call one of our patient care coordinators at L Plastic Surgery. Signs of infection, fever, or excessive bleeding from the surgical sites are all reasons to make contact with our office. You will have a follow-up appointment for Dr. Lee to check on your healing progress.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I have asymmetrical cheeks?
Dr. Lee can address an asymmetrical face when one cheek has more tissue than the other. If you are concerned that your facial asymmetry is unattractive or that there is no balance to your overall facial appearance, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee. He will assess the volume or height of each cheek to make recommendations as to the next steps and if surgery is the right solution.
Why would I not be a great candidate for facial fat removal?
As you age, you will naturally lose volume in your facial features. Dr. Lee will do an in-depth evaluation of your face to determine if you would benefit from this procedure. He will take into consideration how your cheeks will age and look over time.
How do I prepare for the reduction surgery?
We will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare yourself for surgery at L Plastic Surgery. Each patient will have his or her own surgical plan. Based on what type of anesthesia is used and where the surgery is performed, your instructions will be tailored to your needs.
Slenderize your cherub cheeks
Contact our San Francisco, CA office to make an initial consultation with Dr. Lee and learn more about your best option to reduce the fullness and abundant shape of your cheeks. If you would like to be considered for buccal fat pad removal, call our office and talk to one of our patient care coordinators to find out more. Also, take a look at our buccal fat removal photo galleries to see Dr. Lee's artistic work. When you come into our office for your consultation, we will discuss all that we can do about your facial fullness with buccal fat removal at L Plastic Surgery.