Buccal fat pads vary in size, and enlarged buccal fat pads might make your face look chubby or give you a "baby face." If you desire a slimmer, more sculpted face, Dr. Harris may recommend a buccal fat removal to shape your face and give you the look you desire. Schedule your private consultation in Beverly Hills today. Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. William Harris offers buccal fat removal using various techniques with unwavering attention to detail and high-quality, lasting results. He strives to deliver the best buccal fat removal Beverly Hills has to offer.
Buccal fat removal is used to reduce the fullness that resides below your cheek bones, specifically within the cheek hollows. Even though a naturally full face is often thought to look more youthful, some people believe that their cheeks in particular are too full, even chubby. The size of the buccal fat pad varies between patients. Surgery to remove the buccal fat pad is typically avoided in younger patients with thin, narrow features because doing so could make your face look too thin or gaunt as you age.
If you are seeking a slimmer, more contoured facial appearance and wish to decrease your fuller cheeks, Beverly Hills AAFPRS fellowship-trained, board-certified, facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon Dr. Harris, founder of Harris Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics, can help with your buccal fat removal. Dr. Harris performs buccal fat removal with small incisions inside the mouth, which allows the procedure to be done in-office under local anesthesia with no facial scarring. Without the use of sedation, recovery time is reduced as well as cost. Buccal fat removal can also be combined with facelift surgery utilizing the same access points.
You are an excellent candidate for buccal fat reduction if you are unhappy with how your cheeks make your face look round and if you are in generally good health. That being said, Dr. Harris may not advise a buccal fat removal if your face is already thin because it has the potential to make your face appear too thin.
Buccal fat removal is a quick, relatively painless in-office procedure that lasts around an hour. Your procedure is made comfortable using a local anesthetic. During the process, tiny incisions are made within your mouth, along the interior of each cheek. In order to access the buccal fat, the buccinator muscles in the cheeks are gently spread apart. Dr. Harris next uses external pressure from outside the cheeks to squeeze the buccal fat in to view. The buccal fat is then teased out, removed, and the incisions are carefully closed.
After surgery, the majority of our Beverly Hills buccal fat removal patients can return to their regular activities in one to two days. Surgery-related wounds heal quickly. While some cheek swelling is typical initially, it should subside over the course of one to two weeks. Due to Dr. Harris' meticulous technique with gentle spreading and no cutting of the muscle, significant pain during recovery is rare, with the majority of patients only experiencing mild to moderate soreness.
Your swelling will subside two weeks following your surgery, making the full results apparent. However, it can take anywhere between two to four months for your final results to become fully apparent. Your results will last forever. The buccal fat that is removed during surgery does not grow back. However, there are additional fat pockets in this region of your face, and significant weight gain could widen these pockets and lessen the effectiveness of your treatment.
To learn if buccal fat removal is right for you, please give us a call to book a consultation with Harris Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Beverly Hills. During your consult. Dr. William Harris will make sure you have the information you need and help you learn whether buccal fat removal is the right option for you.
Surgery to remove buccal fat is a generally painless procedure. Following surgery, patients may experience some mild soreness or pain for a day or two, but this is typically tolerable and subsides quickly.
In the hands of a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Harris, buccal fat removal is a rather safe procedure. The risk of post-operative infection exists with any surgery, however, these risks are reduced with an antibiotic rinse along with post-care oral antibiotics.
An elective operation like removing buccal fat is typically not covered by insurance. Nevertheless, we are happy to discuss the fees and payment plan options at your initial meeting.
Liposuction removes fat from a layer just below the skin. Liposuction is a risky and unsuccessful way to remove buccal fat since the buccal fat pad is deeper than this layer and difficult to access with a cannula.
If you are considering plastic surgery, choose the doctor who goes above and beyond for his patients. Dr. William Harris makes it his mission to deliver artful, innovative, and detailed surgical and non-surgical procedures to help you live more beautifully every day. Schedule a consultation today to start your journey.
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