Facial Procedures
Buccal Fat Pad Excision

Buccal Fat Pad Excision

This procedure for men and women is for thinning out the face and reducing full, round “chubby” cheeks.

ANESTHESIA

General. You will sleep during the entire procedure.

LOCATION OF OPERATION

Hospital, outpatient surgery center or an office-based surgical suite.

LENGTH OF PROCEDURE

45 minutes.

LENGTH OF STAY

Normally this is performed as an outpatient procedure, but if done in conjunction with a facelift or other procedures, it may require an overnight short stay.

RECUPERATION AND HEALING

Mild to moderate. Any discomfort should be relieved by medications prescribed by the physician. Some patients are comfortable after taking Tylenol or Motrin.

Should be taken for 7-10 days after procedure. It is very important you finish all of this medication.

Both can be expected, but will improve within 10-14 days.

None are needed.

All sutures are on the inside of the cheek and are dissolvable.

You may feel capable of returning within 5 days, but your appearance will be the deciding factor.

May begin 2 weeks after surgery.

Are evident after swelling is gone, about 10-14 days.

Special Care

Smoking is not advised; especially if doing in conjunction with a facelift (Smoking is prohibited 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after surgery).

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