Rejuvenate Your Facial Appearance with Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Everyone has buccal fat — a naturally occurring fat mass in the hollow area beneath the cheekbone — but some have more pronounced buccal fat pads than others. If you have prominent buccal fat, your face may look fuller and, sometimes, even plump. The bad news is that buccal (pronounced as “buckle”) fat is hereditary and can’t be reduced by diet or exercise.

Buccal fat surgery from Dr. Derek Steinbacher in Guilford, Connecticut, is a reliable procedure to trim and reposition fat to achieve a more chiseled look. When done artfully by our Board-certified plastic surgeon, facial liposuction creates an appearance of perfectly sculpted cheekbones.

What to expect from buccal fat reduction surgery

Dr. Steinbacher performs this outpatient procedure within 30 minutes. After numbing your cheeks with local anesthesia, we’ll create a small access on the inside of your cheeks to ensure no external scars. Through the incision, we remove and reposition a precise amount of the buccal fat pad. Removing too much buccal fat can result in a gaunt look, so working with an experienced doctor like Dr. Steinbacher is vital for natural and optimal results to last for many years.

After removing the buccal fat, we close the incision with sutures. Buccal fat removal surgery achieves dramatic results, but the procedure is minimally invasive. Many patients resume their everyday activities after a few days.

After surgery, your face may show subtle swelling for about one week. Medications and home remedies like ice packs are enough to control the swelling and any discomfort. Once the swelling dissipates, your facial contours will be more pronounced, making your overall face look slimmer, more defined, and chiseled.

Benefits of buccal fat pad removal

This surgery slims and contours the face, providing sculpted effects that cosmetics create but now with permanent results. Buccal fat excision has numerous benefits, including:

  • Quick and effective treatment
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal post-procedure downtime
  • Invisible incisions
  • Many patients only need local anesthesia

Facial liposuction isn’t just for patients looking for a sculpted appearance — aging patients can consider this treatment for facial rejuvenation. The buccal fat pad can droop over time, resulting in a jowly, heavy lower face appearance. Buccal fat removal can give your aging face a much-needed facelift.

Buccal fat pad extraction near me

Dr. Derek Steinbacher would be happy to explain more about buccal fat removal during a consultation. Please call (203) 453-6635 or complete our online appointment form to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Derek Steinbacher MD, DMD, FACS

Dr. Derek Steinbacher has devoted his life to aesthetic and life-changing surgery. He is an artistic and meticulous surgeon who draws patients from around the world due to his perspective, unmatched skill, and exceptional results. He is able to uniquely address the face (facelift + rejuvenation), jawline (orthognathic; chin; contouring; implants), nasal (rhinoplasty), eyelids, profile, neck, breast, and body with one-of-a-kind results.

He is a multiple Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Plastic, Cosmetic, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeon. He is Fellow of the most prestigious surgical organizations, including the Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, Societies of Craniofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Aesthetic Society, and the Rhinoplasty Society. He has served as Full-Professor of Plastic Surgery at Yale, including Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program, and Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Steinbacher has unparalleled training at premier institutions, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His perspective brings together the best aspects of many distinct – but related fields – and it is this intersection of scope and expertise, in addition to an artistic eye, which enables excellent comprehensive results.

Dr. Steinbacher's approach: technical acumen, meticulousness, and penchant for combining art and science, together with his eye for balance, beauty, and harmony, helps achieve outcomes that greatly improve a person's confidence, health, and overall quality of life. Patients can trust that they are always in good hands!