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Introduction to Buccal Fat Removal

Prominent buccal fat pads can contribute to an overly full face, sometimes referred to as “chipmunk cheeks”, and while cute on babies and children, having them as an adult can become a cause of concern for some people. At Ravive Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, Buccal Fat Removal is becoming increasingly popular for those with larger, fuller cheeks. As an experienced surgeon with a keen eye for symmetry, Dr. Deepa Bhat helps her patients achieve a slimmer and softer-looking face with this surgical procedure.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal Fat Removal (medically referred to as a Bichectomy), is a surgical technique that can reduce the size of larger cheeks by removing the buccal fat tissue and accentuating the natural contours of your face. The buccal fat pads are deep fat in the cheeks and fill in the deep tissue spaces of your mouth. Their purpose is not fully clear, but they are hypothesized to act as a gliding pad for your chewing and facial movement needs.

After undergoing the removal procedure, patients typically see slimmer cheeks and a more contoured face.

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What are the Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal?

Some of the major benefits our Tampa Buccal Fat Removal patients have seen from their treatment include:

  • Achieving a more balanced overall facial shape
  • Creating a more slender, v-shaped lower facial contour
  • Enhancing the appearance of high cheekbones
  • Improving the definition of the cheeks and jawline
  • No visible scarring
  • Reducing excessive cheek fullness (“chipmunk cheeks”)

Who are the Best Candidates for a Buccal Fat Removal Procedure?

At Ravive Plastic Surgery, we believe that a great candidate for Buccal Fat Removal in Tampa, FL should have the following characteristics:

  • Be at a healthy and stable weight
  • Dislikes the fullness of their cheeks
  • Has a round, fuller face
  • In overall good physical health
  • Maintains realistic expectations for procedure results

What’s the First Step?

Getting Buccal Fat Removal in Tampa Bay can be a very rewarding procedure, especially if done in the expert hands of Dr. Deepa Bhat. If you’re interested in learning more about this surgical treatment and whether you are a viable candidate, your first step is to book a consultation by either giving us a call or filling out a contact form on our website.

During your private consultation with Dr. Bhat, you will be able to ask any questions, learn more about the procedure, and have your cheeks examined. She will ask you some specific questions about your health, past surgeries, and medications. After discussing your options and offering her expert recommendations, Dr. Bhat will create your personalized procedure plan and our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your surgery.

What to expect on the day of Buccal Fat Removal surgery

On the day of your Buccal Fat Removal in Tampa, the procedure will be performed either under local or general anesthesia, depending on your personal preferences and whether you are combining it with other procedures.

After using a numbing solution to make you more comfortable, Dr. Bhat will make a very small incision inside the cheek to identify the buccal fat pad. The fat is then gently teased out of its pocket and removed. A few dissolvable stitches are placed to close the incision and the procedure is complete.

The entire surgery generally takes under one hour and results become evident after one to four months as the swelling subsides and the buccal space contracts.

Buccal Fat Removal Recovery

After you are released from our care, you will be able to return home. Most patients find recovery to be relatively easy, needing only one or two days of rest. It’s normal to experience mild pain and soreness that should subside after a few days.

Your cheeks will appear slightly fuller during the first week, however, they tend to return to their normal appearance after about seven days. Although the results are not immediately evident because of the swelling that takes place after the fat removal, it will continue to subside over the following weeks post-surgery, and improve over the next several months.

During recovery, it’s important to be careful and avoid biting down on the cheek area, so the incision can properly heal and sutures can dissolve. Dr. Bhat can also prescribe you some pain medication, and you can use ice packs which will help with swelling and discomfort.

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How much does Buccal Fat Removal cost in Tampa?

The average cost of buccal fat removal in Tampa Bay, FL typically starts at $2,000 and can go up to around $5,000. The price can vary depending on anesthesia costs, surgeon fees, and more. The best way to get the most accurate cost will be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhat. During your consultation, our patient coordinator will be able to give you a detailed quote for surgery.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are bothered by your fuller cheeks and would like to reduce their appearance, a Tampa Buccal Fat Removal could be a great surgical option! Dr. Bhat can reshape your lower face for a soft and beautiful result. She will tailor your procedure to match your goals and give you a natural look. Schedule your Buccal Fat Removal consultation at Ravive Plastic Surgery by calling our office directly or by using our website to request an appointment.

Buccal Fat Remval FAQ’s

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.