Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal for Elegant Contours

Buccal fat removal is an effective procedure for enhancing facial contours and achieving a more balanced, toned facial appearance. It specifically targets overly plump cheeks, offering a slimmer, more proportionate look. This treatment provides long-lasting results, a more mature appearance, and boosts self-confidence without leaving visible scars.

Slimmer Facial Contours

Achieve a more refined facial profile with a slimmer appearance.

Enhanced Cheek and Jaw Definition

Accentuate your cheekbones and jawline for a striking, chiseled look.

Proportional Facial Harmony

Create a balanced, proportionate facial structure that complements your overall body frame.

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Slimmer, Defined Facial Contours

Do you have round cheeks that make your face look chubby despite having a thinner body? It can be frustrating to work hard to maintain a slim body and still have excess fat in your cheeks. After all, facial fat is the second most stubborn fat in the body, and large buccal fat pads are often hereditary and completely unrelated to body weight. 

Buccal fat removal is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that permanently reduces the size of buccal fat pads to create a slimmer, more defined facial appearance. Dr. Robert Glasgold of Glasgold Group Plastic Surgery offers buccal fat removal in New Jersey, for women and men who want to reduce the appearance of chubby cheeks and achieve a more sculpted facial contour.

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What Is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal, also known as lipectomy, bichectomy, or cheek reduction surgery, is a surgical procedure designed to reduce facial fat and give the cheek and jawline area a more refined appearance. More specifically, the surgery targets the region of fat sitting between the cheekbones and jaw, called buccal fat pads. In most people, the size of buccal fat pads isn’t determined by their weight or body composition but rather by genetics, face shape, and gender. 

Large buccal fat pads can give the appearance of a rounded or chubby face, even when the rest of the body is thin and toned. They can also cause a “babyface” or “chipmunk look,” which can cause self-consciousness in those who want to portray a more professional or mature appearance. Fortunately, buccal fat removal can transform rounded or boxy facial angles into a more elegant and aesthetic “V” or “heart” shape without leaving behind visible scars. 

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Am I a Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

The best candidates for buccal fat removal in New Jersey at Glasgold Group are men and women who are bothered by a rounded or chubby lower face and want to achieve a more sculpted, refined look. The procedure is a good option for generally healthy adults with excessive cheek fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Buccal fat removal is also a popular choice for patients seeking facial feminization surgery. 

Good candidates should have healthy skin with sufficient elasticity to prevent sagging. Despite what some people might assume, as long as your skin retains good elasticity and your surgery is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Glasgold, age is not an issue with buccal fat removal. 

Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal should also:

  • Be non-smokers or able to quit for a specified time
  • Be at a healthy and stable weight
  • Have realistic expectations from the procedure
  • Have natural excessive cheek fullness
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Your Buccal Fat Removal Consultation

Every buccal fat removal surgery begins with a detailed consultation with Dr. Glasgold at his Princeton, NJ, office. During this appointment, you’ll be able to review your concerns, discuss your aesthetic goals, and ask any questions you may have about the procedure.

Dr. Glasgold will take the time to carefully evaluate your face to determine the best approach for your particular situation and create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique concerns. He will also advise you on whether you can realistically achieve your desired results.

Once Dr. Glasgold has determined your candidacy for buccal fat removal, you’ll go over specific procedure details, including your medical history, pre-surgery instructions, scheduling, and payment, to ensure you have the best possible experience.

Preparing for Buccal Fat Removal

Our office will provide detailed pre-operative instructions to help you prepare for your buccal fat removal procedure. Dr. Glasgold may ask you to stop taking certain medications and/or supplements a few weeks prior to your buccal fat removal surgery, get lab testing, or undergo a health evaluation. This is also a great time to prepare for your recovery process, which may include getting house or office work done in advance, stocking up on everything you might need while you are healing, and arranging transportation to and from our office for the day of the procedure. 

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The Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

Buccal fat removal is a relatively quick and simple intervention that can be performed at our Princeton, NJ, office in under two hours. Dr. Glasgold performs cheek reduction surgeries in Glasgold Group’s in-office accredited surgical suite using local anesthesia or conscious sedation. The choice of anesthesia is based on your personal preference and whether other procedures are being done at the same time. 

Once the area is completely numb, Dr. Glasgold will carefully make a small incision inside the mouth, which ensures that there are no visible scars after the procedure. Next, Dr. Glasgold will apply gentle pressure from the outside of the cheeks to let out the appropriate amount of fat from either side of the face. Because buccal fat is isolated from other cheek structures, it “pops out” without having to use suctioning instruments like those used in typical liposuction procedures. This makes the buccal fat removal process virtually painless and minimally invasive. 

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Recovery and Results After a Buccal Fat Removal

You can expect some swelling and soreness in the days following your buccal fat removal procedure. Most patients are able to return to their regular activities within a week since there are no sutures and no bruising, just some swelling. Full recovery typically takes about three weeks to a month. Our office staff will provide you with aftercare instructions, including dietary and oral care instructions.

To protect your incisions and ensure faster healing, you will be limited to a soft or liquid diet for a few days and asked to refrain from strenuous physical activity until the stitches are fully healed. You’ll also need to sleep with your head elevated to help reduce inflammation and bruising. Pain is usually very minimal after buccal fat removal, so ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers are generally enough to manage discomfort. 

Complementary Procedures to Buccal Fat Removal

The results of buccal fat removal alone are often quite impressive. However, some patients choose to combine the intervention with other procedures for more comprehensive results. Common options include:

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Why Choose the Glasgold Group?

Buccal fat removal is a custom procedure that requires a high level of skill and knowledge to perform properly. At the Glasgold Group, our surgeons have decades of experience achieving beautiful, natural-looking results for patients across New Jersey and beyond. By choosing the Glasgold Group for your procedure, you can expect results of the highest caliber and the knowledge that your safety and satisfaction are top priorities.

By choosing Glasgold Group in Princeton, New Jersey, for your buccal fat removal procedure, you can expect results of the highest caliber and the knowledge that your safety and satisfaction are top priorities.

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Experience the Glasgold Difference

The Glasgold Group stands out in the world of aesthetics with its exceptional 50-year legacy, a rarity in the field. Throughout its history, our practice has not only witnessed but actively shaped the evolution of plastic surgery, contributing to major milestones that have defined the current landscape. Founded by Dr. Alvin Glasgold, the practice embodies a tradition of devotion, innovation, attention to detail, and overall excellence that continues to guide Dr. Robert and Dr. Mark Glasgold today. For patients, this legacy translates into an unmatched level of experience and expertise.

Each patient is treated based on their unique situation, including personal emotions and considerations. Our focus is on providing a positive patient experience and recognizing the importance of a compassionate support team in delivering meaningful care beyond the treatment itself. This approach, although not part of the surgery itself, is seen as crucial for a successful outcome. When patients and surgeons are in harmony throughout the process, it often leads to a satisfying experience and exceptional results.

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Buccal Fat Removal FAQ

Is buccal fat removal permanent?

Can you reduce buccal fat naturally?

When will I see results?

How much is buccal fat removal in New Jersey?

Is buccal fat removal reversible?

What are the risks of buccal fat removal?

Is buccal fat removal painful?

When can I eat after buccal fat removal?

Is buccal fat removal permanent?

Yes, the fat cells removed during buccal fat removal surgery are gone permanently and do not grow back. However, if you gain weight at any time after the procedure, it is possible for other areas of the face to enlarge.

Can you reduce buccal fat naturally?

Cheek fat can be reduced with diet and exercise to some extent. However, buccal fat is not metabolically active, so if you are born with large buccal fat pads, they will not be reduced with weight loss or age.

When will I see results?

You will notice some results immediately after the procedure, although you can expect the area to be somewhat swelled. It may take up to four months for all residual inflammation to subside and to see significant results.

How much is buccal fat removal in New Jersey?

The cost of buccal fat removal varies from patient to patient. Please get in touch with our office at 732-655-6429 or click here to schedule a consultation to get a personalized quote.

Is buccal fat removal reversible?

Buccal fat removal is not reversible, but it can be improved with dermal fillers. To avoid being dissatisfied with your results, it’s important that you choose an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Robert Glasgold, who understands facial aesthetics and prioritizes a conservative approach.

What are the risks of buccal fat removal?

Like all surgeries, there are some risks associated with buccal fat removal surgery, including infection, asymmetry, bruising, and bleeding.

Is buccal fat removal painful?

The procedure itself is conducted under local anesthesia or conscious sedation, so most patients don’t find it painful. You may feel slight discomfort when your doctor injects the numbing solution inside your mouth and after the surgery when the anesthesia wears off. However, most patients only report mild discomfort that’s easily manageable with OTC painkillers and ice.

When can I eat after buccal fat removal?

You can’t eat hard, crunchy, or overly acidic foods for 3-4 days after buccal fat removal. You will also have to refrain from smoking until your incisions are fully healed. Dr. Glasgold will tell you exactly which foods you may and may not eat during that period. Most patients are able to start transitioning to semi-soft foods after a few days, gradually returning to their normal diet as they heal.

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