Buccal Fat Removal Before and After

May 14, 2012

Buccal fat removal is a form of cheek reduction, a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the size of your cheeks by removing fat. Some people are born with a chubby face even if they are thin. This is due to buccal fat deposits in the cheek area. Sometimes, this can just be baby fat which may disappear after adolescence or even in a person’s twenties. Maybe you could wait until about 25 or try weight loss before considering invasive surgery. Having fat cheeks does not give you an appealing facial contour. It can make you appear overweight and even younger than you really are. This might avoid you needing dermal fillers for those nose-to-mouth lines but, really there’s nothing sexy about chipmunk cheeks.

Sometimes this procedure can be combined with cheek implants to enhance the upper part of your cheekbone area whilst making the lower part of your cheeks smaller. This can give you those sexy high cheekbones and give you a completely new look. Watch out – you may not recognize yourself afterwards. If you’re after a cute image, then dimple implants can give you adorable dimples to create that gorgeous smile. Maybe some teeth whitening after the surgery to make your efforts more worthwhile and you’re set.

Before and after photo

Before and After Photo: Buccal Fat Removal #1

Patient #1

Jo from Korea wanted the buccal fat removal procedure done on her cheeks so she could have more of a celebrity look and not have such wide cheeks. She paid the equivalent US$1,850 for the operation a few months ago at a local plastic surgery clinic. The operation was a success and the after photo was taken several days post-op.

Before and After Photo: Buccal Fat Removal #2

Patient #2

Ailin from Indonesia also had a buccal fat removal a few weeks ago. She paid Around US$1,600 at a nearby surgical center to have the procedure done. The operation was also a success with the after photo being taken exactly a week after treatment.

Why people want it done

There are a few reasons why this plastic surgery procedure is appealing to both males and females of ages over 18. It makes the face look slimmer while adding contours to your facial area all around improving the “ogee curve”. It makes you look less like a babyface. It give the appearance of the cheeks as if you were sucking on a straw. A popular reason to have buccal fat removal is to look more like an American celebrity too.

Before the procedure

Plastic surgeons generally recommend that if you are in your 20’s and considering buccal fat removal that you wait till you’re in your mid 30’s before having it done if the problem isn’t extreme. A buccal fat removal reduced the volume in your cheeks and facial area but the problem is as you age this also happens and you would be in trouble in 10 to 20 years when you start losing more precious volume naturally because you will look even older. If the problem is not 100% genetic then you could always try lose some weight and see if the fat goes away on your cheeks. If you are female then you always have the option of trying to use makeup if the problem isn’t that bad to create a better ogee curve on your cheeks, although this is not as good as the real thing it is an temporary option for the time being.

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Along with any other type of surgical procedure the are possible risks that could arise. These risks include…

Gaunt look – This happens over time as we age. As we age our facial tissue starts to go away and we look skinnier and it starts to sag, this becomes worse if we have no fat in our cheeks or if it has been removed.

Pre-existing medical issues – This is generally not a problem if you have provided all the information possible to your plastic surgeon before he goes ahead with the operation.

Anesthesia – You will be administered local anesthesia. Complications can arise if you are allergic to any of the ingredients being used but this is very rare.

Bruising – This can occur if your facial area doesn’t like what’s just happened to it. The good thing is that it’s not permanent and only temporary. If there is major bruising it should usually go away within a week or two.

Infection – Generally not considered a problem if you take at antibiotics prior to and after the operation. If an infection does arise be sure to contact a doctor or your treating plastic surgeon as soon as possible to it can be remedied.

Excess swelling – Not rare but is a possibility. This usually subsides within a week or two.

Smoking – If possible your surgeon will ask you to quit smoking at least a week before and after the surgery to promote the healing process but it’s not totally necessary.

Recovery time

For a buccal fat removal there is usually a short recovery time. You should see the full extent of the results within 4 months after treatment.

After the procedure

10 days after surgery your stitches are removed. Your treating surgeon will ask you to use a mouthwash several times a day for at least a week to keep the incisions clean. Do not poke the stitches with your tongue whatever you do so that the wounds can heal properly and complications don’t arise. You will have problems chewing food regularly as the incisions have been left on the inside of the mouth, you will be advised to avoid acidic types of foods; your surgeon will give you a list of these. Your treating physician will ask you to take at least a week off work and avoid any strenuous activity for about 2 and a half weeks. You should be right to return back to work after you’ve been discharged from the clinic. If you run out of pain medication and you’re still feeling pain in your mouth be sure to see your doctor for more, they will be more than happy to help you out.


The average cost of buccal fat removal is $2,000. The price will vary from clinic to clinic. The cost includes the price of anesthetic, surgeon fees and pain medication you will be given. Do no consider having this surgery done on a holiday because if complications were to arise you would be in deep trouble, perhaps not being able to return to the surgeon in case of something like an infection.


I’m 42 now and I had buccal fat removal in my mid 20’s because I was suffering from really chubby cheeks. I regret it now because I’ve lost a bit of weight and I’m starting to look like a drug addict in the cheeks. It’s really peed me off and now I’m looking for some sort of cheek implants because I don’t want to look like this and worse forever. If you’re considering having this done please trust what you’re surgeon advises as I didn’t, I just really wanted to have it done at that time and now I’m paying for it. This is one of those types of surgeries that should only be used in those extreme cases where the plastic surgeon actually recommends it. I paid $1,300 for mine a long time ago and now I’m looking at at least a few more thousand to fix the issue. I guess I’ll find out my options when I go in for a consultation in a few days, I hope it’s not painful.

Submitted by Debra on May 14th, 2012

YouTube video

This YouTube video is featured by Dr. Levi John Lansangan from Shimmian Manila Surgicenter and is about cheek reduction (buccal fat removal). This video is mean for adults only as it shows actual operating room footage that some people may find disturbing. It shows just exactly how the surgery is performed and you probably won’t find a better source on YouTube or online for that matter. Thank you very much Dr. Lansangan for the informative video for allowing us to share it with our visitors.

More before and after photos

Before and After Photo: Buccal Fat Removal #3

Patients #3

Tasha from Indianapolis, Indiana paid $2,100 for a buccal fat removal from a female plastic surgeon. She states there was very little pain if any following the procedure and there were no complications. The after picture was taken 2 weeks later.

Before and After Photo: Buccal Fat Removal #4

Patient #4

Martha from St Louis, Missouri decided to have buccal fat removal so she would look more sexy and youthful. The operation seemed to do it’s job. She reported very little pain following the surgery thanks to her great plastic surgeon. The after photo was taken 4 days post-op.

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