Patients wanting to have chiseled cheekbones may benefit from buccal fat removal or buccal fat pad extraction in our Pensacola, FL plastic surgery facility. 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.
How Much Does Buccal Fat Removal Cost?
The buccal fat removal process varies from patient to patient depending on the needs of each individual. The cost of the treatment depends on the amount of fat that needs to be removed and the overall complexity of the procedure. While the cost can potentially reach $2,500, this is an estimation & prices may vary.
The Buccal Fat Removal Procedure
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.
What to Expect After The Buccal Fat Removal Treatment
After undergoing buccal fat removal, you can expect to experience some mild swelling and bruising. Swelling is usually greatest around 3 days after surgery from which time it starts to subside. Some patients remain a little swollen for 2 months. Bruising typically subsides within one week. 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.
Risks & Complications
Implant malposition, numbness, bleeding, infection, prolonged swelling, implant complications, need for revision, complications related to anesthesia.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in learning more about buccal fat removal in Pensacola, FL, contact Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery to schedule an informative consultation today. We’ll help guide you through the treatment process and address any questions or concerns that you may have along the way.
Performed by: Dr. Patterson