Buccal Fat Pad Reduction

Buccal Fat Pad Reduction in St. George – Desert Bloom Plastic Surgery

Round faces commonly look more youthful than a very slender face but some people have overly full faces/cheeks and wish to slenderize the cheeks. This can be done by removing a portion of the fat pad in the cheeks that is called the buccal fat or Bichat. This contouring allows one to have a more sculpted appearance with sculpted cheekbones. To speak to our plastic surgeon about Buccal Fat Pad Reduction, we welcome you to�call our office�and schedule a consultation!

How is a Buccal Fat Pad Reduction performed?

In order to sculpt the lower cheek region a small incision is made in the mouth along the cheek tissue near the molars and the fat pad is partially reduced. The wound is sutured with an absorbable stitch. With the scar on the inside of the mouth the healing is very quick and scarring is rarely an issue.

What are the risks to the Buccal Fat Pad Reduction?

Bleeding and infection are listed as risks of every surgery where an incision is made and this procedure is no different. Dr. Wallin uses much caution to avoid the biggest concern, damage or stretching to the nerve that moves the upper lip.  Swelling is present in 100% of patients after surgery and this can persist for weeks in certain patients. Dr. Wallin operates close to the duct that drains the parotid gland and damage to this important structure can result in saliva issues with drainage, although this is extremely rare.

Will Buccal Fat Pad Reduction make me look older?

Yes, commonly rounder faces look younger and slender faces look older. Dr. Wallin is conservative with the fat pad reduction so you achieve the balanced result of reducing the cheek size but not causing challenges down the road with aging.

Contact Dr. Jordan Wallin To Discuss Buccal Fat Pad Reduction

  Schedule a consultation with the office of Dr. Jordan Wallin to learn more about the how reducing the buccal fat pad can help slenderize your face and create facial harmony.