Buccal Fat Removal is a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Gordon Kaplan to reduce the fullness in the lower cheek by removing the fat pads. This procedure is also known as cheek reduction which leaves no visible scars.
What is buccal fat removal?
Buccal fat removal is designed to create a more sculpted facial contour or chiseled look for patients in New Jersey. The cheekbones are highlighted by buccal fat pad removal reducing the soft and round appearance. Condition of plump lower cheeks which is comprised of excess buccal fat cannot be remedied through diet or exercise. Buccal fat removal is designed to reduce this fullness in the lower cheek by removing the fat pads inside the mouth.
The procedure itself is not complex and involves making a small incision inside of the mouth and removing the fat. Dr. Gordon Kaplan will perform buccal fat removal at his office in NJ, which may take one hour from start to finish. Since the incision is on the inside of the mouth, there is no visible scarring. Recovery from the surgery takes only a day or two and the patient can be back to normal within a week. Activities like work can resume the day after the procedure.
Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal
Buccal fat removal is ideal for NJ patients who are in their late 20’s through the ’60s and are displeased by their appearance of “chubby” cheeks. Both men and women can benefit from the buccal fat removal procedure. The ideal candidate for buccal fat removal is:
- More than 18 years of age
- Is in good health and physically fit
- A non-smoker
- Has realistic goals of the surgery
There are several benefits of a buccal fat removal procedure. Fat and prominent cheeks are a common genetic trait that is often characterized as “chubby cheeks.” However, for certain NJ patients, the fat pads are simply too prominent which is why many consider buccal fat removal. If you would like a better definition in your cheekbones, this procedure may be right for you. Buccal fat removal can also be a better alternative to facial liposuction. Buccal fat removal offers benefits for:
- Individuals who want a more contoured face appearance
- Creating a more sculpted and defined appearance
- Increasing self-esteem
- Creating a more mature look
- Quick procedure that leaves no scars
- Has a limited amount of downtime
Results of buccal fat removal are cheeks will appear more contoured and chiseled, slimmer facial appearance compared the “baby face chubby” look of their previously rounded cheeks. Results from a buccal fat removal will be immediately noticeable after the surgery. There will also be no visible scarring since Dr. Kaplan uses only intraoral (inside the cheek) incisions.
Risks of buccal fat removal include poor healing, bleeding, scarring, and asymmetry. Buccal fat removal is considered safe and effective with rare complications. Dr. Gordon Kaplan is a board-certified surgeon and has years of experience performing this type of surgery for many of his patients which can reduce the risk for any complications.
Recovery from buccal fat removal procedure should be with minimal discomfort and relatively pain free. Normal activities like work can resume the day after the procedure. It is recommended to plan up to 10 days of recovery as the tissue inside the mouth heals.
Frequently Asked Questions about buccal fat removal
At what age can a buccal fat removal be performed?
Buccal fat removal is ideal for patients who are in their late teens through 60’s. Many people begin to lose facial fat in their 20s and 30s.
Can I be prepared for this procedure?
Part of the preparation process can be done with the use of advanced computer imaging technology to make sure that the patient is entirely happy with the final results. a
Does this procedure hurt?
This procedure may be uncomfortable, but it is not overly painful.
How much does buccal fat removal procedure cost?
The cost of buccal fat removal depends on the correction required for each patient. The cost of Buccal Fat Removal will also vary depending on the plastic surgeon’s experience, geographic location and any extra procedures that may need to be done. In general, buccal fat removal costs in New Jersey include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, facility fee, lab fees, and medication costs.
Do you offer any financing?
Yes, Dr. Gordon Kaplan offers financing options for qualified patients for buccal fat removal. Medical financing is processed through Care Credit.
Are the results permanent?
The results of buccal fat extraction are permanent. Please keep in mind that if you ever gain a large amount of weight in the future, your cheeks may plump up again.
Contact Dr. Gordon Kaplan today if you live in the New Jersey area and would like to schedule a buccal fat removal consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Kaplan will perform a throughout facial assessment and discuss available options for you.