Causes of Excess Fat Pads on The Cheeks
Most OC patients lose cheek roundness in their late 20s. Due to heredity, some people may never lose the chubby look in their cheeks. Research your hereditary facial structure by taking a good look at some of your older relatives and pictures of them when they were young. Did they look like you when they were younger and are they thinner-faced now? If so, you run the risk of looking too thin in an unhealthy way in later years if you have buccal fat pad removal. If your mother and father are still as chubby cheeked as they always were, then your face will probably not get thinner with time.
How A Buccal Fat Pad Extraction Procedure Is Performed
A buccal fat extraction normally takes about an hour to perform. Dr. Sikorski will make an incision about 1- 2 cm long between your cheek and gums (maxillary vestibule), starting above the second upper molar towards the back of your mouth. Incisions are made inside the mouth and thus leave no scars on the face. Dr. Sikorski will then use the pressure of her thumb against the outside your cheek right under your cheek bone causing the buccal fat to protrude through the intra oral incision. She will then gently and little by little extract the fat with forceps or surgical tweezers. Sometimes a collective amount the size of a golf ball is removed, sometimes more.
The incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. You will potentially have some mild bruising and mild to moderate swelling. Post op discomfort and pain are managed easily with medication. You will be advised to keep your head elevated on two pillows for several days when lying down or sleeping. You should be able to return to work within a few days.
You should not exercise or participate in sports for about 1 week. Final results are apparent in about 3 months when all internal swelling has gone away.
Other Related Procedures
- Facial Liposuction
- Active Lift Facial Lift
- Cheek and Chin Implants
- Neck Lift
- Injection Lip Augmentation with JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel
- Injection Chin Augmentation with Radiesse
Your consultation visit
You’ll enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
We look forward to meeting with you and helping you find the simplest solution to achieve the goals you desire. Contact us for a fat pad removal consultation in the Orange County area with Dr. Sikorski at (949) 448-0487.