Plastic Surgery Blog
Speculation has been running rampant that celebrities near and far have had this particular procedure to accomplish an angular, chiseled look. Buccal fat removal shines as a transformative option to enhance your facial features if you choose to opt for a more structured, V-shaped appearance.
This procedure aims to slim the cheeks by reducing the volume of the buccal fat pad. While buccal fat removal can provide desirable results, it’s essential to make an informed decision before going undergoing any type of surgery. To help you on your journey, here are three critical questions to ask yourself, and your surgeon, before getting buccal fat removal.
Before considering buccal fat removal, it’s vital to determine whether it’s the right procedure for your current facial structure and your future goals. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for this surgery, and it may not always yield the desired outcome.
Your Face! The success of buccal fat removal depends on your facial anatomy. If you have naturally round or chubby cheeks due to genetics, the procedure may be suitable if you want to eliminate the volume near your jaw. However, if you have a naturally slim face and you actually lack volume in the buccal space it may not be wise to consider fat removal.
Elasticity: Patients with good skin elasticity often achieve better results from buccal fat removal. Elasticity impacts post-op healing and outcomes significantly. As we age, skin elasticity decreases, which can affect how the cheeks settle post-surgery.
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If you don’t qualify for buccal fat removal, for whatever reason, you can always consider alternative options. Depending on your desired outcome, you can employ dermal fillers, neurotoxins, or another non-surgical treatment. These less invasive procedures may help achieve a more more sculpted appearance without the need for surgery.
Like any surgical procedure, buccal fat removal carries advantages and potential risks that you should be aware of. It’s crucial to have an open and honest discussion with your surgeon about these aspects. Some common benefits and side effects include:
Pro: A more defined jawline and cheekbones that beautifully frame your face. Buccal fat removal can offer you the facial sculpting that jaw exercises haven’t been able to accomplish. And when performed by an experienced surgeon, buccal fat removal can provide natural-looking results that enhance your features without drastically altering your natural beauty.
Con: The buccal fat pad is located close to facial nerves, and damage to these nerves can result in temporary numbness or weakness in the lower face. Choosing a highly experienced and qualified surgeon is therefore essential. During your consultation, discuss the steps taken to minimize this risk.
Pro: Although there is a recovery period, it is relatively quick and manageable. Patients typically experience some swelling and bruising, but these subside within a few weeks, revealing your new look. Scarring is also minimal as the incisions are made inside the mouth, which heals seamlessly and discreetly.
Con: You’ll have to be mindful of food and drinks during the recovery period. Think of it kind of like a wisdom tooth removal. Take care not to consume inflammatory foods and be considerate with oral hygiene and cleaning/disinfecting protocols.
Pro: This procedure is highly customizable, allowing you to decide the degree of fat removal. You and your surgeon can discuss your desired level of change, ensuring that the results align with your unique vision.
Con: Removing too much buccal fat can lead to an excessively hollow or gaunt appearance. It’s essential to communicate your desired level of fat removal with your surgeon to ensure your goals are understood.
Your choice of surgeon is one of the most critical factors in the success of your buccal fat removal procedure. As you probably noticed from the pros and cons, the cons can be easily mitigated if you have a good, experienced practitioner on your side. The experience, skill, and reputation of the surgeon can greatly influence the outcome.
Here are some considerations to make.
Certification and Safety: Is your surgeon board-certified in plastic surgery or a related field? Certification indicates that they have met specific educational and training requirements and are held to high ethical and professional standards. Ensure, also, that the facility where the surgery will be performed is accredited and meets high safety standards. Our clinic has in-house, state of the art Operating Rooms for patient convenience. You come in and out of the procedure on the same day!
Reviews and Results: Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous buccal fat removal procedures performed by the surgeon. This can give you an idea of their skills and the results you can expect. Similarly, read reviews and testimonials from previous patients. Positive feedback and a good rapport with previous clients are strong indicators of a surgeon’s quality of care.
Communication and Vibes: Is your surgeon a good communicator? Are they attentive to your concerns and willing to answer your questions thoroughly? A surgeon who takes the time to understand your goals and address your doubts is invaluable. It’s important to get along with your surgeon, and appreciate their bedside manner
Buccal fat removal can be life-changing but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Like we always say here at PSC Blogs, it’s crucial to make an informed decision based on your unique needs. By asking these three critical questions and discussing them thoroughly with a board-certified, experienced surgeon, you can make the best choice for your facial enhancement journey.
Remember that your safety, satisfaction, and well-being should always be the top priorities in any cosmetic procedure.