Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure offering quick and gratifying results reducing facial volume especially in the middle third portion of the face. Such a procedure covers a wide range of candidates especially patients with round faces and “chipmunk cheeks” where natural aging will have minimal effect shaping them (chipmunk cheeks will not atrophy much with aging).
Buccal fat are pads of fat that augment the lower part of the cheeks. These “chubby cheeks,” or “chipmunk cheeks,” can result from a variety of conditions. Overweight is one condition, while a genetic predisposition can also cause one to have round cheeks. Buccal fat removal, also called cheek reduction surgery, offers a solution to those who want to reduce the size of their cheeks. Removal of these fat pads can slim the cheeks and contour the face. This can help people achieve a more chiseled look and slimmer face.
Given that, it is important to remember that an extensively experienced surgeon is the most qualified to perform such a complex surgery while preserving the “natural” look of the patient through conservative buccal fat removal. During consultations, doctors can learn more about their patients and vice versa. This visit gives them a chance to evaluate the current state of the patients’ cheeks, their age and their medical history. As a result, the doctor can determine the patient’s options. These visits also allow the specialists to inform the patient of the benefits, precautions, risks, methods used and other important information.
Consultation visits additionally give patients the opportunity to talk about their goals and expectations for buccal fat removal and to ask any other questions. It is important that patients are well-informed about the procedure before making a decision.
Dr. Jun Caparas is Fellow of Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons (FPAPRAS) and is highly skilled in performing a Buccal Fat Pad Removal or Cheek Reduction procedure to help enhance a patient’s facial features.
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