Buccal Fat Removal

Are you looking to get rid of those puffy cheeks and create a slimmer, more well contoured facial profile? Dr. Swift and his team recommend a minimally invasive surgical procedure known as buccal fat pad removal.

What is the Buccal Fat Pad?
The buccal fat pad is a rounded mass of fatty tissue that is generally positioned along the middle of a person’s cheek area, between certain facial muscles, and within the hollow of the cheekbone. Depending on the size of your buccal fat pad it can drastically affect the size and shape of your face, and while they are often considered to be an aesthetic quality for most patients, when they are too large they can make a patient appear “chubby” or like they’ve gained weight, and in the event, they are too small they can make a patient look far older than they are. To alter the appearance of an individual’s buccal fat pad, surgeons like Dr. Swift can perform a buccal fat removal procedure.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?
A growing trend in the world of aesthetic enhancement surgery, buccal fat removal or buccal fat pad removal is a procedure that is sometimes even known as cheek reduction surgery, as it helps patients to remove unwanted fatty tissue from their cheeks and create a more streamlined, chiseled look for men and a softer, feminine, yet chiseled look for women as well. During the procedure, the patient will have their buccal fat pads removed from the cheeks using conventional surgery techniques. The removal of the pad thins out the cheeks and creates a far more definitive facial outline and contour. Oftentimes, buccal fat removal surgery is done in conjunction with other procedures, including things like the facelift, chin implants, rhinoplasty, lip augmentation, and even other minimally invasive methods such as Botox & fillers.

The Consultation
Once you have decided that buccal fat pad removal surgery might be for you, it’s important to choose the right surgeon. Dr. Swift is one of the foremost facial plastic surgery specialists in NYC and has helped countless men and women to achieve their dream facial contours using procedures like this one. Once a patient decides on a surgeon such as Dr. Swift, the consultation appointment is one of the most important parts of the puzzle. During this appointment, you will explain your goals to your surgeon, and you will come up with a plan of action for achieving them together. In addition, you will go into what the surgery will entail, if it’s right for you, your overall health and candidacy, how severe of a surgical enhancement are you looking for. Your surgeon will also perform a careful examination to ensure that you are a good candidate, and judge your health history as well as your current health and lifestyle to best gauge whether or not you are a good candidate or not. The consultation is your chance to ask as much as possible and best educate yourself on the procedure. Make sure to ask any and everything you can of your surgeon.

Buccal Fat Removal Procedure
We need to understand how exactly the buccal fat removal procedure, or any other procedure we plan on having, works in solid detail. Education is key in aesthetic enhancement, and the better a patient can educate themselves on a certain procedure, its recovery protocols, and more, the better their results are likely to be. Generally, the procedure is done at your doctor’s office, or within a surgical suite operating room of some kind – this might exist in a separate surgical facility, hospital, or even at your doctor’s current office. In most cases, patients will begin with local anesthesia along the treatment area of the face. Patients will be awake but will feel 0 pain or discomfort during the procedure itself. For those who might be getting a more involved combination procedure, they may need to be put to sleep – but this isn’t usually the case for buccal fat removal on its own.

Minimally Invasive Buccal Fat Pad Removal
The procedure for buccal fat removal is fairly quick and easy in comparison to other more involved aesthetic enhancement methods, the procedure only involves a few straightforward steps. The surgeon begins the procedure by making an incision along the cheek area, placing extra pressure on the outside of the cheek to further expose the buccal fat pad itself. The fate pad tissue is simply then removed (the desired amount of fat can be removed). The wound will be closed and stitched up and the patient will begin their recovery period. For more information on buccal fat pad removal surgery, your recovery, and the procedure, be sure to contact Dr. Swift today.

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