Feel like you never lost those baby cheeks? Chubby cheeks are often considered to be “cute” in children, but as an adult, some patients prefer a thinner, more streamlined appearance in their face. Guess what? There’s a treatment for that – buccal fat removal!
What causes chubby cheeks and why are they an issue?
The fullness in cheeks is from fat under the facial muscles, called the buccal fat pad. While we do not always realize it, a chubbier face can make people look heavier even if they have a slender body. By slimming the cheek down, patients can appear like they have lost weight or have a thinner overall appearance.
What’s the procedure like?
The procedure can be done either under local anesthesia, with or without sedation. The surgeon makes a small incision inside the mouth (yes, this does mean that there are no visible scars on the face!). Through this small incision, the buccal fat pad is removed. There is almost no downtime and we encourage patients go to back to their regular routine as soon as possible.
Contact the San Francisco practice of Dr. Jonathan Kaplan today at (415) 923-3005 for more information about buccal fat removal or buccal lipectomy.