Buccal Fat Removal

(Cheek Reduction)


Considering Buccal Fat pad surgery? Do you have excessive fullness of the face which is disrupting the harmony of your features? Would your cheeks be similar to a chipmunk cheek that is probably making you feel self-conscious? If so, a buccal fat reduction may be an option you might want to explore and discuss with the surgeon.  The surgeon who performs this procedure at Esteem Cosmetic Studio is Dr Jorge Lopez.

Buccal fat reduction addresses this problem by removing excess fat from the cheeks to produce a more delicate, chiselled appearance. Effective as this procedure is, however, it should not be undertaken without some thought for the future.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What happens during my surgery?

Buccal fat reduction is most often performed as a day case using local anaesthesia coupled with sedation or a general anaesthetic. The choice to undergo this procedure under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic would be discussed with the surgeon at your consultation with your health and safety as the main priority. After injecting a local anaesthetic to numb the area and limit bleeding, your surgeon will make a small (2-4 cm long) incision between your cheek and gums near your second molar from the back. He will then press on the outside of your cheek to make the buccal fat protrude through the incision so he can take it out a little at a time with surgical tweezers. Once an adequate amount has been removed he will close the incision, most often with dissolvable sutures.

2. What is expected of me post-surgery?

After your surgery you will need to sleep on two pillows to keep your head elevated for at least two weeks and take it easy for at least three weeks,

During your recovery period you may experience the following:
  • You will have some discomfort, but this should be controlled by pain medication that will be prescribed for you. Should you experience excessive pain, redness or any other symptoms that seem abnormal you should contact your surgeon immediately. These symptoms could be signs of infection.
  • Bruising and swelling are normal after surgery and will subside in a matter of days or weeks. In most instances however, bruising and swelling is very limited from the beginning.
  • Because of the incision inside your mouth you may have to eat a restricted diet for a while. Your surgeon will tell you what foods you should avoid. You will also be instructed to rinse your mouth several times a day with an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • As your sutures are dissolvable, it will not be necessary to have them removed. Please resist the temptation to chew on the stitches you feel inside your cheek.

Usually a week after surgery, your surgeon will assess the healing of the wounds inside your mouth. Even though you should be feeling better by this time it is important to continue to take it easy, not bend over and not lift heavy objects. Contact sports should be avoided for at least six to eight weeks. Your swelling will continue to subside for several weeks and as it does, your new, more defined facial structure will be revealed as the days go by. During this time you may notice a change in your smile or odd sensations like tingling, pulling, burning, hollowness, cold or sudden sharp pain. These feelings, which are related to the healing of the nerve branches in the area of the operation, usually subside within the first few weeks.

Other possible complications of buccal fat reduction include asymmetry, hematoma, seroma and infraorbital nerve and facial nerve buccal branch dysfunction.

3. How much does it costs?

The surgeon’s fee for the procedure is $5,500. Additional fees that may apply would be the theatre and bed fee and the anaesthetist fee is the procedure is performed under GA at the hospital. If the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia in rooms, a minor operating facility fee of $660 would apply.

4. Is there patient financing?

Patient financing is completely independent from the clinic. For patients wanting affordable payment plans please apply directly with Total Lifestyle Credit. This facility is subject to approval. Our advice to all patients is to be financially responsible when undertaking finance for elective surgical procedures.

Read more about  facial cosmetic surgery procedures.


The Esteem Cosmetic Studio website provides general information about cosmetic surgery. General information is not a substitute for professional medical advice and treatment, and should not be accepted in place or in preference to a consultation with a surgeon


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