Buccal Fat Pad Removal
Slimming your cheeks and adding definition to your face
All of us are born with buccal (cheek) fat pads which give us the chubby-cheeked look as babies. If you find you are not outgrowing that “baby fat” as sufficiently as you would like, you may be dissatisfied with your round facial contours. While it is generally attributed to genetic makeup, buccal fat pads can cause you to look child-like or overweight as they impact your facial proportions.
If you would like to improve your facial contour by slimming the midface, Dr Paul Gerarchi offers buccal fat pad removal to reduce cheekbones and give your face a slimmer, more sculpted profile.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Lao Tzu
The results you deserve
You may be seeking a cheek fat pad removal surgery for numerous reasons, though the most common motivation is purely cosmetic.
Excess cheek fat is most commonly a genetic factor, and a source of insecurities for many. If your full cheeks create a facial imbalance or are simple too large for your liking, buccal far pad removal can create more sculpted cheeks to define the cheekbones and reveal a more athletic facial structure.
If you have had a previous jaw surgery, it is entirely possible the procedure may have caused a change in your face shape and the location of your buccal fat pads. Where your mid-face tissue is pushed out, it can create a more full facial appearance. Buccal fat pad removal can be an effective process to eliminate such unwanted fullness around the cheek area.
Meeting your surgeon
Your initial appointment with Dr Gerarchi will consist of a sharing of your concerns, as well as a full examination to determine which surgical approach will be the best for your unique circumstances. If you are not satisfied with the contours of your face, it is important to pinpoint the specific concern you would like to address in the consultation. This will allow Dr Gerarchi to tailor your procedure.
Dr Gerarchi has the knowledge and experience to help you determine if the buccal fat pad is the primary problem, and whether removing the pad will help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Although these pads are removed surgically, the procedure is relatively fast with minimal discomfort and a short recovery period. The results of your procedure will be both natural and permanent.
Upon completion of your consultation, you will have ample understanding of the surgery and the results you will be able to achieve. Dr Gerarchi will also assist you in preparing for the procedure to ensure effective and safe results.
Your buccal fat removal procedure
Buccal fat pad removal procedures are generally performed under local anaesthesia to minimise risk and allow for a faster recovery process. Incisions are placed inside the cheek to locate the fat pad, and remove it. When finished, these incisions are closed using dissolvable sutures. Most buccal fat pad removal procedures are performed in one hour or less. You will be able to go home the same day as the procedure to recover in comfortable, familiar surroundings.
Your post-surgical journey
Swelling is common following this procedure, and can last for up to a month. During this critical recovery period, the focus will be keeping the inside of your mouth clean for an optimum healing process.
This involves rinsing your mouth with a prescribed rinse a number of times a day for the first few days. You will also benefit from a soft diet during this time to avoid irritating your incisions.
Post-operative instructions will be provided to facilitate a smooth and successful at-home recovery. Although you will not need to return for removal of your sutures, you will have a number of scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure your recovery is progressing normally. Final results will be visible in 3 to 4 months after the swelling subsides, and your face heals completely from the procedure
Managing your pain and recovery
Minimal pain is associated with a buccal fat pad removal procedure. However, you will receive a prescription for oral pain medication to ensure your comfort in the days following. An antibiotic will also be prescribed to prevent infection.