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Buccal Fat Removal

While fat in your face can create a youthful, perky appearance, some men and women wish that their facial fat did more to accentuate their natural features, or that their faces looked slimmer overall. If you are looking to sculpt fat from your cheeks and enhance your cheekbone profile, there is Buccal Fat Removal surgery.

Buccal fat is located in your cheeks and sits between the nostrils and edges of the mouth. It is one of the encapsulated fat masses in the face, which makes it safer and easier to extract from the cheek. With minimal strain to the facial tissue, a buccal fat removal surgery effectively reduces the volume in the lower portion of your face.

If you have been dissatisfied with the appearance of chubby cheeks, you will enjoy a new subtle but noticeable slimness in the lower portion of your face. Buccal fat removal reveals and accentuates your natural facial structure. If you are interested in the reducing the volume of your cheeks, call Princeton Plastic Surgeons today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

About Buccal Fat Removal

A Buccal fat removal is a straightforward, effective procedure. Buccal fat is encapsulated separately from the surrounding cheek tissue, which makes it easy to extract. The incisions for the removal are made in the interior wall of your mouth. This incision placement allows direct access of the buccal fat and circumvents the need to make visible incisions in your facial skin. The treatment is so straightforward that a buccal fat removal can be accomplished in under 30 minutes.

This procedure is an ideal way to improve the contour of your face without the need for extensive recovery. You will experience only minor swelling after the procedure and can return to your regular activities within three to five days.

Once the buccal fat is removed, you will enjoy a less full appearance in the lower portion of your face. Without their buccal fat, most patients’ cheekbones appear more prominently. People who are otherwise slim but have a heavier-looking face feel restored confidence in the fact that their face finally matches the rest of their bodies. Buccal fat removal can alter your jawline from a full, square one to a more angled or oval shape. If you wish your cheeks looked less full, and want to draw more attention to your cheekbones, a buccal fat removal may be a good, straightforward solution for you.

Why Undergo Buccal Fat Removal?

A buccal fat removal surgery is an excellent option if you feel like you have excess volume in your cheeks and wish to achieve a slimmer, more contoured appearance. Why choose to undergo this procedure? Buccal Fat Removal is a(n):

  • Safe and easy surgery. The incisions are made inside the mouth, and the targeted fat is contained within its own structure, enabling quick, neat removal.
  • Minimally-invasive procedure.
  • Effective solution to the facial fullness that refuses to respond to diet and exercise.
  • More permanent option than a lot of facial contouring procedures, such as the use of dermal fillers to augment the cheeks, which only lasts temporarily. The loss of the buccal fat from your faces slims the lower portion of the face, which allows the profile of your cheekbones to become more noticeable.
  • Minimal downtime after surgery. While you may experience swelling for the first few weeks following the buccal fat removal session, most recipients of the procedure only need a few days to recover before they can return to their usual activities and diet.


You are a good candidate for Buccal Fat Removal if you:

  • Are a non-smoker
  • Are at a stable weight
  • Are in overall good health and do not have any pre-existing medical conditions which could interfere with your body’s ability to heal
  • Feel like you have fuller cheeks than you would like, and weight loss does nothing to diminish this full appearance
  • Have an open, realistic mindset toward the result of a body modifying procedure

If you feel like you have a “baby face,” or think your cheeks appear “chubby,” you are a good candidate for a buccal fat removal. To learn more about your candidacy for this surgery, call the helpful staff at Princeton Plastic Surgeons today to schedule a private consultation.


Your private consultation with Dr. Adam Hamawy is a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have concerning a buccal fat removal surgery, as well as any other facial contouring procedures you would like to learn more about. It is important during this consultation to disclose complete and accurate information regarding your medical history, current medication use, and prior surgeries. You should also disclose if you have any pre-existing conditions that could interfere with your healthy healing at this time.

After examining your face and buccal fat pads, Dr. Hamawy will determine your candidacy for a buccal fat removal surgery. He will make sure you understand the steps involved with the procedure, the ways it will benefit you, and what if any risks there may be. After discussing your goals for your appearance with you, he will create a treatment plan that will best achieve your desired results. Your face may also be photographed, to help with the planning of your procedure.


Before your buccal fat removal surgery, it is important that you discontinue any use of anti-inflammatory medication and herbal supplements which can interfere with the body’s ability to clot. You will be asked to stop smoking for at least three weeks before your scheduled buccal fat removal.

Dr. Hamawy may request that you complete a lab test or complete further medical evaluation.

It is recommended to arrange for a ride home with a friend or family member after your buccal fat removal, to guarantee your safe recovery from any anesthetic.

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Your Procedure

Buccal fat removal surgery is performed under local anesthesia where the treatment area is numbed to ensure your comfort. The next step involves a small incision made inside the mouth to provide access to buccal fat deposits. The buccal fat pads are roughly the size of a golf ball: both of them may be removed wholly from the patient’s cheek, or only part of them, in order to maintain symmetry. Because the buccal pads are encased, they are easily extracted from the surrounding tissue. Once the fat pads are removed, the incisions will be stitched closed. This procedure can usually be completed in 30 minutes.


Patients will experience soreness in their cheeks for a few days following their buccal fat removal, but can otherwise return to normal light, daily, activity. You may also experience swelling in the treated area, but this will continue to improve and should completely resolve within two to three weeks. Some slimness in the lower portion of your face is immediately visible following your surgery, but as the swelling diminishes, you will begin to enjoy your final, more noticeable results. We typically advise that you give yourself three to five days to rest and recover from your buccal fat removal.

In addition to arranging for a ride home from your surgery, you may also want to take some time off depending on the demands of your work. It is ideal to avoid situations that may put the treated area at risk. Dr. Hamawy and his helpful staff will give you instructions regarding your aftercare and dietary restrictions. If you have any questions regarding your recovery following your buccal fat removal, do not hesitate to call Princeton Plastic Surgeons. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have!


The results of your buccal fat removal will become more noticeable as the swelling in your face and cheek subsides. Your cheekbones look more pronounced, and the lower portion of your face looks thinner. By removing the buccal fat, you will highlight your other features, like your eyes or cheekbones. The surgery creates a thinner, oval face shape and improves facial harmony. You will no longer have “chubby” cheeks but instead see a more pronounced, healthier-looking contour in their face.

The results of a buccal fat removal will continue to improve over the months following your surgery. As the facial tissue heals and adjusts to the loss of the buccal fat, the lower portion of your face will become slimmer and more settled.


The cost of your Buccal fat removal will depend on the specifics of your particular procedure. After your consultation with Dr. Hamawy, he will recommend a unique treatment plan tailored just to your case. Based on this plan, Dr. Hamawy and his helpful staff will provide you with a breakdown of your anticipated cost.

If you would like to finally achieve the slimmer facial appearance you’ve been dreaming about, call Princeton Plastic Surgeons to schedule your private consultation where Dr. Hamawy can tell you more about your options with buccal fat removal.

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