Buccal Fat Pad Removal (Interior Cheek Fat Removal) – Sugar Land & Houston, TX

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About Buccal Fat Removal

Do you feel as though your face is a little full? Have you ever wanted a slimmer contour to your cheek area? You’re not alone! Facial contouring has been on the rise recently as many patients cannot attain the look they desire by diet and exercise alone. If you’re looking for a nonsurgical approach to achieving a slender look, the buccal fat pad removal procedure may be a great option for you. The goal of buccal fat removal is to thin the cheeks, specifically in the area of the cheek hollows or lower third of the face. Although a face that is naturally soft and filled out is considered youthful, some people find that their face feels too full, even chubby. Board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Peter Chang and Ankur Mehta are pleased to offer this procedure to accentuate the cheekbones and create a more sculpted appearance. Call Timeless Plastic Surgery in Sugar Land, TX to learn more. We service men and women from all across the greater Houston area.

Ideal Candidates

You are a great candidate for buccal fat pad removal surgery if you have sufficient facial fat, are at a stable weight, and desire a slimmer cheek contour. If you are considering this procedure, we recommend setting up a consultation. During this time, Dr. Chang or Dr. Mehta can examine your profile and discuss your cosmetic goals to see if this is the right procedure for you.

Procedure Technique

This procedure removes the buccal fat pad, a naturally-occurring section of fat in the cheek hollow area. The size of the buccal fat pad varies with each individual patient, and the fat tissue in each cheek may be different sizes. Buccal fat pad removal is an in-office procedure and is not considered surgery. The removal process consists of Dr. Chang or Dr. Mehta making a tiny incision inside the patient’s cheek. There are no cuts on the outside of the face. Sutures will be placed, and you will be discharged with post-care instructions along with a few prescriptions. Please expect to be in the office for 1 – 1 ½ hours. 

What to Expect

Our office will provide you with specific aftercare instructions and prescription pain medication, if requested. Typically, over-the-counter painkillers are sufficient. With the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, most patients do not experience extreme discomfort. You can expect to experience some swelling, but this is temporary. Your follow-up appointment will be scheduled for two weeks after your initial procedure with an additional appointment six weeks later. It is very important to keep these appointments for the best results.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?
Every patient case is unique, which is why Dr. Chang or Dr. Mehta will be able to discuss your estimated costs once a customized treatment plan is created during your consult. Our office accepts many forms of payment and can help you find low-interest medical financing. 

Does it hurt?
Since the procedure involves tiny incisions, the discomfort level is very minimal. Most patients describe the procedure feeling similar to a dental appointment. 

When will I see results?
Most patients will notice a difference after the initial swelling dissipates after 2 – 3 days and even greater results at 5 – 7 days. Optimal results will be evident once all the swelling goes down and proper healing occurs around 1 – 3 months. The healing process will vary from patient to patient.

What about scarring?
The incisions for this procedure are placed inside the mouth, which means there is no visible scarring associated with this procedure.

How long will my results last?
Buccal fat pad removal produces long-term results and typically patients will only need one procedure to attain the cosmetic they desire. It's important to discuss any questions or concerns with Drs. Chang and Mehta during your initial consultation.

Slimmer Cheeks

Say goodbye to chipmunk cheeks with buccal fat pad removal at Timeless Plastic Surgery in Sugar Land, TX. This procedure has gained popularity over the years because of its fabulous results. If you are unhappy with the fullness of your cheeks, call our office to schedule a private consultation today. We will be happy to sit down with you to answer all your questions and determine if this treatment is right for you.

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