Patients wanting to have chiseled cheekbones may benefit from buccal fat removal or buccal fat pad extraction. This procedure is often done in combination with liposuction of the chin/neck area and fat graphing to give patients a more sculpted appearance.
Overly prominent, or “chipmunk,” cheeks.
Your surgeon will carefully remove some of the buccal fat-pad tissue in order to make the cheekbones appear more prominent. Your surgeon may also use injectable fillers to enhance the cheekbones.
To give the patient a more chiseled appearance.
Office/Clinic, Surgery Center or Hospital
Local anesthesia in the office/clinic or general anesthesia at a surgery center or hospital.
Patients go home after surgery and do not require a night in the hospital.
After buccal fat removal, you should sleep with your head elevated above your heart for a few days to help reduce the swelling.
You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to drive or care for others.
Walking After Surgery
You are encouraged to walk around the house as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
You may shower immediately following surgery.
1 week for light exercise. 2 weeks for regular exercise. Avoid any pressure or trauma to the area for 6 weeks.
Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.
You may be bruised for 1-2 weeks. If you have a desk job you can return to work as soon as you are comfortable doing so. Most people take 1-2 weeks off work.
Usually greatest around 3 days after surgery from which time it starts to subside. Some patients remain a little swollen for 2 months.
Usually subsides by 1 week.
Risks & Complications
Implant malposition, numbness, bleeding, infection, prolonged swelling, implant complications, need for revision, complications related to anesthesia.
Performed by: Dr. Patterson