Cosmetic Surgery Facial Buccal Fat

Facial fat plastic surgery, often known as cheek reduction or buccal fat removal, is a procedure that is often done in conjunction with rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose surgery or a nose job.

Facial fat plastic surgery involves the removal of pads of fat in the cheeks, which are called buccal pads. This can result in added contour and definition of the face and can bring balance to the appearance of the face. This is one reason why facial fat surgery complements nose surgery, as nose surgery also addresses balance of the face and facial symmetry.

Most people that elect to have facial fat plastic surgery feel that their cheeks look chubby or that they have “chipmunk cheeks.” Facial fat surgery in conjunction with nose surgery can improve a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Best Candidates for Facial Fat Surgery

The best candidates for facial fat surgery are people who desire:

  • cheeks with more definition
  • thinner cheeks
  • to enhance the features of their face.

Those considering facial fat surgery or nose surgery need to be in good physical health. They should also be mentally stable, as effects of surgery can take awhile to observe. This can sometimes cause depression, especially in those who are already without mental stability.

Patients having facial fat surgery, nose surgery or any other type of plastic surgery should also have realistic expectations for their procedure or procedures. Plastic surgery procedures can’t stop time, make aging stop or alter every aspect of your appearance. These procedures can simply work to enhance your facial features.

Also, it’s important to realize that the recovery period after surgery can take awhile. Before undergoing surgery, it is important for patients to realize that they may look worse before they look better.

Planning Facial Fat Plastic Surgery

Before making the decision to have facial fat surgery or nose surgery, patients need to do the appropriate research on their procedures and on plastic surgeons.

Getting recommendations is a great way to start in the process of choosing a surgeon. These recommendations can come from:

  • family members
  • friends who have had procedures done
  • the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • your doctor
  • your local hospital.

Patients should make sure their plastic surgeon has a great deal of experience with the specific procedures they want performed. Do not hesitate to ask about your plastic surgeon’s credentials, education and experience with particular plastic surgery procedures.

Your plastic surgeon should also be able to explain your procedure or procedures to you in a way that you understand. He should be able to answer any questions you have about the procedure, the recovery period, risks, payment, etc.

Additionally, you may want to talk to your plastic surgeon about any possible complications related to your procedure and what you can expect after your surgery.

Pain medication is usually prescribed for pain and swelling after surgery. Patients should pick up prescriptions prior to plastic surgery so that they will not have to worry about going to a pharmacy while in pain.

Facial Fat Surgery Recovery

For a few days after surgery, patients will have difficulty chewing and will need to rest and avoid any activities. Usually patients can return to work after about a week, though the full results of facial fat surgery may not be evident until up to four months after the procedure is done.

Pain and swelling are normal for the first few days and may continue for awhile. After three weeks, patients can usually resume most normal activities.


Cosmetic Surgery (2007). Buccal Fat Removal. Retrieved November 2, 2007, from the Cosmetic Surgery Web site: