Eliminate Unwanted Cheek Fullness With Buccal Fat Removal in Thousand Oaks

Located beneath the cheekbones, the buccal fat pad is a pocket of fat that can sometimes create a “fullness” of the face or a “chubby cheeks” appearance. If you have a prominent buccal fat pad, it can disrupt your facial harmony and detract from the natural beauty of your features. While traditional methods like diet and exercise tend to be ineffective in eliminating excess buccal fat, we at Elevate Plastic Surgery offer a simple yet effective procedure called buccal fat removal.

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What Is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal Fat Removal is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat from the cheeks. This procedure is also known as cheek reduction surgery or buccal lipectomy, and it’s designed to give the face a slimmer, more contoured appearance while eliminating the appearance of “chubby cheeks” or “chipmunk cheeks.”

During the procedure, Dr. Rahgozar makes small incisions inside the mouth and then carefully removes the excess fat from the cheeks. This reduces the roundness of the cheeks to create a more defined, sculpted facial appearance.

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Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal fat removal is an effective surgical procedure that offers all of the following benefits:

  • A narrower, more contoured facial appearance
  • Reduction of cheek fullness
  • Elimination of “chubby cheeks” appearance
  • Improved facial harmony
  • Long-lasting, natural-looking results
  • Improved self-confidence

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What to Expect During Your Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

Before the surgery, you will have a consultation with Dr. Rahgozar to discuss your goals and expectations, as well as your medical history and any medications you are taking. Dr. Rahgozar will also examine your face to determine the amount of fat that can be safely removed. You and your surgeon will then work together to decide on a treatment plan that suits your needs and preferences.

Before your procedure, you will be given local anesthesia with IV sedation to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Rahgozar will make small incisions inside your mouth and remove the excess fat using specialized surgical instruments. The incisions will then be closed with dissolvable sutures. There will be no external or visible scars. You’ll need to remain at the surgical facility for a couple of hours after the procedure for monitoring; after that, you can get a ride home from a friend or family member.

Recovery After Buccal Fat Removal

Swelling may occur after buccal fat removal and can last for up to two weeks. To reduce swelling, you should apply cold packs to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. You should also sleep with your head elevated for the first week after your surgery. You can help speed up the recovery process by getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated, and periodically taking light walks. You should be able to start easing back into your normal routine after a few days or a week of recovery. However, it’s best to wait at least two or three weeks before participating in strenuous exercise or physical activity.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Adults who would like to remove excess fat from their cheeks could be good candidates for buccal fat removal in Thousand Oaks.

The procedure is a popular choice for individuals dealing with excessive fullness in the cheeks who desire a narrower, more sculpted facial appearance. Additionally, ideal candidates for buccal fat removal should meet the following criteria:

  • Be in generally good physical health
  • Be relatively close to their ideal weight
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Not be currently pregnant or nursing
  • Be non-smokers or willing to temporarily quit
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Why Choose Elevate Plastic Surgery for Buccal Fat Removal in Thousand Oaks?

At Elevate Plastic Surgery, we take great pride in providing our patients with exceptional, personalized cosmetic and reconstructive care. It is our mission to consistently deliver transformative, natural-looking results that allow our patients to achieve their goals and become the best possible versions of themselves. At our clinic, you’ll be under the care of Dr. Paymon Rahgozar, a triple-board-certified plastic surgeon known for his technical skill, artistic vision, and patient-centered approach. If you’re ready to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Rahgozar, simply contact our office today.

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Buccal Fat Removal FAQ

Can buccal fat removal cause sagging?

Is buccal fat removal permanent?

What are the side effects of buccal fat removal?

How long does buccal fat removal take?

Can buccal fat removal cause sagging?

Although it is possible for buccal fat removal to cause sagging facial skin, this issue is very unlikely when the procedure is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Rahgozar. He will approach your buccal fat removal procedure precisely and conservatively to ensure that the ideal amount of buccal fat is removed, leaving your face looking youthful and sculpted.

Is buccal fat removal permanent?

Yes, buccal fat removal is a permanent procedure. Once the fat cells are removed, they will not grow back. However, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent weight gain and ensure long-lasting results.

What are the side effects of buccal fat removal?

Common side effects of buccal fat removal include swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area. These side effects typically subside within a few days to a week after the procedure. It is important to discuss the risks and potential side effects with your surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

How long does buccal fat removal take?

On average, buccal fat removal typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

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