Understanding buccal fat removal with a plastic and aesthetic surgeon

Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of excess fat from the cheeks. This procedure can help to create a more sculpted and youthful appearance. It is important to note that buccal fat removal is not a weight loss procedure, and, on its own will not reduce the overall size of your face.   This procedure does help create a shadow, and hollow, giving a more sculpted appearance to help outline the cheekbones and other facial structures.  The contoured look helps create balance, definition, and harmony in the facial structure and appearance.

What can I expect during and after buccal fat removal surgery?

In most cases, buccal fat removal is an outpatient procedure that can be completed in under one hour (if odne on its own).  Frequently this procedure is an add-on with other of the above procedures, or orthognathic surgery.  During this procedure, Dr. Derek Steinbacher makes small incisions inside the mouth, near the cheekbones. Through these incisions, he will then gently remove an appropriate amount of buccal fat tissue. He may also need to reposition or tighten the surrounding muscles in some cases.

After buccal fat removal surgery, you can expect some swelling and bruising in the treatment area. This edema, as well as some temporary difficulty with full smiling or grimacing, is perfectly normal and will tend to resolve with time. Our team will provide you with aftercare instructions, post-operative care tips, and recommendations to facilitate faster healing and reduce the risk of infection and other common complications from surgical procedures.

Who is a good candidate for buccal fat removal procedures?

Buccal fat removal procedures are well suited for patients in good overall health and those with realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery.  This procedure is a useful adjunct for many of the other facial bone or facial rejuvenation type procedures we perform.  This procedure can enhance the sculpted look, drawing attention to the cheekbones, and creating a balanced contour.  During the consultation, Dr. Derek Steinbacher will evaluate the patient’s current situation, goals, and medical history to decide candidacy.

How do I find out more about this surgery in New Haven, Connecticut?

If you are interested in buccal fat removal, it is essential to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Derek Steinbacher. Dr. Derek Steinbacher will be able to evaluate your individual case and determine if this procedure is right for you. Call his office today at (203) 785-2571 to request an appointment at 800 Howard Avenue on the 4th floor. The office is open to new and returning patients considering plastic and aesthetic surgery in the community.