Streamline Your Look
Heavy or overly round cheeks can give your face a chubby appearance and distract from your other features. This is a normal anatomical variation, but some people wish there was something they could do to change it. Unfortunately, diet and exercise do little to alter fat in the cheek area, called the buccal fat pad. Buccal fat removal offers a surgical solution, reducing buccal fat to make the shape of your face slimmer and more sculpted.
Orange County Surgical Specialists patients benefit from the skill, experience, and caring demeanor of Reza Bolourian, M.D., F.A.C.S. Specializing in facial plastic surgery procedures, Dr. Bolourian is driven by a commitment to providing exceptional patient care and unparalleled results. We invite you to schedule a consultation and learn how Dr. Bolourian and the compassionate Orange County Surgical Specialists team can support your transformative journey.
Slim Down Your Appearance
Heavy or overly round cheeks may cause your face to appear chubby or lacking in definition.
This is generally the result of having larger buccal pads — the fat pads in the cheeks. In some cases, the masseter muscles of the jaw are enlarged, causing buccal fat to appear more prominent. Either way, surgical reduction of buccal fat can be performed to reduce the size of chubby cheeks and streamline the appearance of a “baby face”. Some of the fat is removed to give the face a more slender, sculpted appearance.
Refine a Round Face Shape
By reducing the amount of buccal fat in your cheeks, you can achieve a less rounded and more v-shaped face. Your cheekbones will appear more prominent, and your face will look more slender and contoured. Although many people will see the fat in their faces diminish with age, individuals with larger fat pads may not experience significant age-related volume loss in this area. With buccal fat removal Mission Viejo patients will receive a permanent slimming of the cheeks, enhancing your face shape and features.
Transform Your Expectations
Want to make a change, but not sure if buccal fat pad reduction is best for you? Contact our office by phone or online to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bolourian. He will assess your facial anatomy and answer any questions you have about the procedure so that you can make an educated decision about treatment. Patients planning to travel from out of town to Orange County Surgical Specialists are invited to get started by scheduling a virtual consultation. We look forward to helping you explore your options.
Highly Skilled Care
In most cases, buccal fat removal is performed using a combination of local anesthesia, oral sedation, or intravenous sedation. Mission Viejo cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Bolourian, performs all surgeries in our sterile onsite surgical facility. He starts by creating an incision in your mouth on the inside of the cheek where it will not leave a visible scar. He then carefully reduces a portion of the buccal fat in each cheek to create your desired facial profile before closing the incisions with small sutures. You will spend a short time resting while we monitor your comfort levels before you return home to recover.
Elegant Expression and Definition
Your full results will be visible once post-procedure swelling in the treatment area subsides. Most swelling will go down within three weeks, but it may take eight to twelve weeks for localized inflammation to diminish completely. Make sure to follow aftercare instructions for keeping the incision sites clean. These may include eating a soft or liquid diet for a few days and avoiding flexing or stretching the incision area. Once post-procedure swelling has faded and your facial tissues have settled into place, you can enjoy your beautifully chiseled, contoured cheeks.
By sculpting your lower face, buccal fat pad removal helps create a more v-shaped jawline. Your results will be tailored to your individual goals and face shape. Most patients choose to reduce the fat in their cheeks by about 50 to 80 percent. This approach allows for precise sculpting without removing too much volume from the upper part of the cheeks. Your results will be permanent and will give your face a more elegant, athletic appearance.
The best candidates for buccal fat removal have a large concentration of fat in the cheek areas that causes their faces to look overly round or plump. Buccal fat reduction is not recommended for patients with narrower face shapes, for whom it could create a hollowed-out appearance. Patients with excess fat but naturally high cheekbones often have the best outcomes.
In some individuals, buccal fat herniates through the inner layers of the facial muscles and creates heaviness in the lower facial structures. As we age, buccal fat may mimic the jowls, and people may confuse the herniated buccal fat with descending jowls. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Bolourian will recognize those specific variations in facial aging and correct them while undergoing facelift surgery.
In selected cases, Dr. Bolourian recommends reduction of buccal fat to enhance the results of the lower facelift surgery.
Our goal is to improve your quality of life by giving you the power to be your best self. We work tirelessly to provide the safest and most state-of-the-art care. You deserve to look and feel your best every day. We can help you enhance your unique appeal to give you a boost of confidence and pride in your appearance. We believe that when you look and feel your best, it shows in every area of your life. Dr. Bolourian and the team at Orange County Surgical Specialists are on hand to help you understand your options and craft results that make you shine from the inside out. Schedule your consultation today.
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