Surgical slimming for heavy cheeks
If you have heavy cheeks or a “baby face” and have wished for a sleeker, more streamlined facial appearance, buccal fat removal could be a good option for you. Offered at our state-of-the-art clinic, Stone Surgical Arts, conveniently located to serve Westlake, Texas, and the surrounding areas, buccal fat removal reduces the amount of fat in your cheek area in an outpatient procedure that takes about one hour to perform.
If desired, buccal fat removal may also be combined with other rejuvenating procedures such as a facelift or chin reshaping. Dr. Mona Stone and our team of dedicated aesthetic specialists can guide you in customizing a treatment plan that helps you achieve your personal cosmetic goals and step into the world feeling your most confident.
Cheek reduction: An outpatient procedure with lasting results
Buccal fat removal is a simple outpatient procedure that reduces heaviness or bulk in the cheek area.
The buccal pad is a disc of fatty tissue located in the hollow of the cheek. Individuals with prominent buccal pads may have heavier cheeks, creating a “baby-faced” appearance. While some patients seek implants to enhance narrow cheeks, buccal fat removal is the surgical solution for overly heavy cheeks that overwhelm the other features of the face. The buccal pads are removed via small incisions on the inside of the cheek, creating a slimmer, more contoured face shape. Also known as cheek reduction, buccal fat removal reduces heavy cheeks for a more sculpted, slender, and contoured appearance.
See sleeker, more streamlined facial contours
Buccal fat removal reduces unwanted bulkiness in the cheeks, helping to balance the proportions of heavy or round face shapes.
The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and instantly slims and streamlines the cheek area. The buccal fat pads, which sit in the hollow of the cheeks, are accessed and removed via small incisions inside the cheek, which means there is no visible scarring. Buccal fat removal is often performed at the same time as other facial recontouring procedures, allowing each patient a highly customized approach to aesthetic enhancement of the face without the need for multiple surgeries. The results of buccal fat removal are long-lasting and can be permanent when a stable weight is maintained. If you have ever wished you could reduce your naturally full cheeks, buccal fat removal may be beneficial to you.
Designed for individuals with fuller face shapes
Many patients who seek buccal fat removal have long wished they could reduce the volume of disproportionately plump or heavy cheeks. The distribution of fat on the cheeks does not always correlate with body weight, meaning that exercise and weight loss measures may not have any effect on facial shape. Perhaps you have tried contouring with makeup or other methods to slim the appearance of your face but long for a more permanent and natural-looking cosmetic solution.
If you are bothered by heavy cheeks and have wished for a naturally sleeker facial appearance, buccal fat removal, or cheek reduction, may be your answer. Because the removal of buccal fat is not reversible, this procedure is recommended for individuals who feel that their cheeks overwhelm their appearance, cause disproportionality in the face, or distract from the beauty of their other features. Generally healthy individuals who do not smoke are candidates for cheek reduction. Although results are generally permanent, weight gain subsequent to the procedure could result in the reaccumulation of fat in the cheeks. Maintaining a stable weight will help you preserve the contouring provided by buccal fat removal surgery. If you are bothered by the appearance of heavy cheeks and want more streamlined, graceful facial contours, buccal fat removal is an excellent surgical option.
Local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and/or intravenous sedation will be administered for your comfort during the procedure. The surgical site is accessed via the mouth, and a small incision is made on the inner cheek where scarring will not be visible. The buccal fat pads are removed, and the incisions are closed. If desired, buccal fat removal can be combined with other procedures such as chin reshaping or a facelift. Stone Surgical Arts offers platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment at the time of your procedure to promote faster healing. You will be sent home with a special mouthwash to prevent infection. Instructions will be provided for following a liquid diet and caring for the surgery site. Plan on having someone drive you home and help you get settled in for recovery.
Healing from your procedure
Before returning home, you will be provided with instructions for caring for incision sites and a special mouthwash to prevent infection. You will need to stick to a liquid diet during the first couple of days after your procedure. You will be feeling recovered in about three weeks, though some residual swelling is normal. At the three-month mark, all swelling will have subsided, and you will be able to enjoy your results. Patients appreciate the beautiful facial slimming and contouring made possible by this simple and straightforward surgical approach.
The contoured look you’ve dreamed of
Buccal fat removal is a highly targeted approach to help you achieve a more sleek, sculpted face shape. If you are bothered by full, heavy cheeks, buccal fat removal offers instant facial slimming that highlights the natural appeal of your other facial features. The procedure helps balance your cheeks with your overall facial structure to create a more sculpted, elegant face shape. Buccal fat removal can also be performed at the same time as other procedures, such as chin sculpting or a facelift, allowing you to address multiple cosmetic concerns at once. Dr. Mona Stone and the skilled team at Stone Surgical Arts are on hand to help you weigh your options and craft a treatment plan to help you feel more naturally confident every single day.
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Discover the possibilities for attaining a sleeker face shape by scheduling your consultation today.
Dr. Stone will analyze your facial anatomy, listen to your cosmetic concerns, and help you define surgical goals that will fit within your budget and lifestyle while delivering results you will love. At Stone Surgical Arts, we offer a wide range of state-of-the-art approaches that can be customized to enhance and flatter your unique facial shape. We strive to provide a modern, easy-to-navigate experience that changes the way you think about cosmetic medicine. Contact us today to start your journey to your most stunning, radiant you.
Yes! Although weight gain subsequent to the procedure could cause reaccumulation of fat in other parts of the cheek area, results are generally considered to be permanent.
As with any surgery, infection is a possible risk. You will be provided with instructions for proper aftercare of the surgery site. Though extremely rare, injury to a facial nerve or salivary duct is another risk.
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At Stone Surgical Arts, we are committed to providing you with state-of-the-art treatments and modern surgical techniques, and we are so happy to share our passion with you. Begin the process of achieving your goals with a virtual or in-office consultation with DFW facial surgery specialist Dr. Mona Stone. We look forward to seeing the impact that personalized treatment from a renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon will have on your life.
72 Andorra Dr, Suite 110, Westlake TX 76262