The buccal fat pad is a fat mass located in the center of the cheeks, beneath the cheekbones. Although everyone has buccal fat pads, they are more pronounced in certain people. For those with prominent buccal fat pads, their cheeks can look very full and, in some cases, even chubby.
What is Buccal Fat Removal
Buccal fat removal may be a good option if you are bothered by the appearance of chubby cheeks (which some affectionately refer to as “chipmunk cheeks”). You should be in good health, not plan to lose or gain a significant amount of weight in the foreseeable future, and understand what the procedure can and cannot achieve. Buccal fat removal is usually performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia and sedation. The procedure is short and the downtime is minimal. Prior to the surgery, you and Dr. Kennedy will determine how much buccal fat to remove. Dr. Kennedy creates a short incision on the inside of your mouth, so there are no external scars. Through the incision, she removes part or all of the buccal fat pad. The pad is approximately the size of a golf or ping pong ball. Once Dr. Kennedy has removed the fat, she closes the incisions with sutures.