Many people are dissatisfied with the chubby appearance of their cheeks. They believe that their “balloon face” or chipmunk cheeks detract from their overall appearance and often experience lower self-esteem as a result. Thanks to modern innovations in cosmetic surgery, individuals who are unhappy with the round appearance of their face can now take action.
The Buccal fat removal procedure provides a way to thin the appearance of the cheeks and define facial angles. This procedure can be done on its own or in combination with other plastic surgeries such as facelift, chin implants, rhinoplasty, Botox injection or lip augmentation to transform a person’s entire appearance. Contact the friendly, helpful staff at Prestige Aesthetic Center to find out whether this life-changing surgery is right for you.
What is Buccal Fat Removal (Bichectomy)?
Buccal fat removal, also known as Bichectomy or Buccal Lipectomy, is a procedure that involves the removal of the pads in your cheeks.
If you are only having Buccal fat removal done without combining it with any other facial plastic surgery, the operation will probably take place in your doctor’s office. You will be given local anesthesia to numb the area and will be awake throughout. During the cheek reduction surgery, your doctor will make an incision on the inside of your cheek, applying pressure to the outside to expose the fat pad. Your surgeon will then remove the fat pad, closing the wound with dissolvable stitches.
Plan your Procedure
Average Cost: $3,500 - $4,500
Areas Treated: Cheeks, mid and lower face
Anesthesia: Local/sedation or General
Surgery Time: 1 hour
Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks
Recovery Location: Outpatient
Final Results: 1-3 months
Buccal fat removal candidates
You may be an excellent candidate for cheek fat removal surgery if:
You are healthy and are at a good body weight;
Your face is full and round;
You are dissatisfied with the appearance of your cheeks;
You have a weak buccal fat pad that has led to pseudoherniation (a rounded fat mass in your cheek);
You want your face to look more feminine;
You are a non-smoker;
You have realistic expectations about your results.
The surgery is not recommended for people with narrow faces, those who have a rare condition called progressive hemifacial atrophy or people who are older since the procedure might emphasize the appearance of your jowls. That being said, the best way to determine if the surgery is right for you is to have a face-to-face meeting with a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, who can thoroughly examine you and discuss your situation with you in depth.
Benefits of Buccal Lipectomy
Those with a baby face or so-called chipmunk cheeks often want to have a more contoured, chiseled facial appearance. Lipectomy is a fast, easy and scarless way to accomplish this goal. Changes are subtle but noticeable over time, and recovery from the procedure takes only a day or so. Within a week or less, you will probably be back at work.
Your initial consultation
The purpose of your preliminary visit to your plastic surgeon is twofold. First, you will have the opportunity to learn all about the procedure, including the use of computer-generated images to predict how the operation will change the appearance of your face. At the same time, your surgeon will be able to assess whether you are a good candidate for the Buccal fat removal in Miami procedure. During this session, we encourage you to bring up any questions you may have about Bichectomy, including discussing financing arrangements with our friendly Prestige Aesthetic Center staff should you decide to move forward.
Buccal fat removal is done at our Prestige Aesthetic Center office by one of our board-certified surgeons.
Before the surgery, Dr. Rami Ghurani or Dr. Robert Kagan will administer general or local anesthesia. The latter is usually recommended, although the former is an option in some cases. An incision will be made on the inside of your cheek, and the cheek pad will be removed. The wound will then be closed with absorbable sutures. Before you go home, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site, medication recommendations, concerns to be on the lookout for and follow-up visit recommendations.
Buccal Lipectomy Recovery
After your Buccal Lipectomy, your doctor may apply a custom facial garment and ice packs designed to support the empty buccal space and reduce swelling. You may be asked to wear the facial garment for the next week and to sleep on your back with your head elevated. Your doctor may also instruct you to use specific mouth rinses to reduce the chances of infection.
Additionally, you may be required to follow a liquid or soft diet for several days. Over the next few days and weeks, swelling and minor discomfort will decrease, and you can resume unrestricted exercise in one to two weeks. Be sure to see your board-certified surgeons as recommended after your Buccal fat removal Miami procedure. You will begin to see results two to three weeks after the completion of your procedure.
Cost of Buccal fat removal Miami
You can expect to pay between $2,000 and $5,000 for Buccal fat removal in Miami. The exact amount may vary depending on your individual procedure as well as the Bichectomy surgeon you choose.
Schedule a free consultation
If you are dissatisfied with your chipmunk cheeks, cherubic appearance or baby face, cheek reduction surgery might be the perfect solution for you. At Prestige Aesthetic Center, our board-certified surgeons are expert at helping you to attain the look you want in the safest, most painless and effective way possible.
Dr. Ghurani and Dr. Kagan have amassed decades of experience in guiding men and women toward the procedures that will help them to achieve their aesthetic goals. You need only to read the glowing testimonials from their happy patients to gain an understanding of their skill and empathy. Throughout each step of the journey, our award-winning professionals will furnish you with the honest information you need to make the best decision. The journey toward transformation is easier and more affordable than you might think.
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Yes. This procedure involves the permanent removal of the pads in your cheeks, resulting in a look that will last a lifetime.
Yes. It is frequently done in conjunction with facelift, chin implants, rhinoplasty, Botox injection or lip augmentation. If you decide to have multiple work done, you will most likely be placed under general anesthesia.
Yes, but in a modified way. Your doctor may place you on a liquid or soft diet for several days after your Buccal fat removal in Miami and recommend that you stay away from drinking acidic liquids such as coffee or sodas.
Although general anesthesia is employed on occasion, most doctors prefer local sedation. Patients generally do quite well with it, and it does not carry the risk for as many complications or side effects.
The cuts are made to the insides of the cheeks. As a result, there is no visible scarring with this procedure.
Absolutely not. Incisions are made to your inner cheek, making scarring totally invisible.
Not even a significant increase in your weight will cause the Buccal fat pads to return. The results of this surgery are permanent.
Even though most patients are awake throughout the procedure with only local sedation, the majority do not experience significant pain or discomfort. In virtually all cases, patients can return to work or resume their normal routine the next day.
This procedure results in slimming and contouring of the upper cheek and the junction of the mid and lower face resulting in a more defined jawline and chiseled appearance.
There is no rigid age limit for Buccal fat removal. Regardless of your age, the best way to determine if it is right for you is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your individual case.