Buccal Fat Pad Removal

The buccal fat pad is an encapsulated mass of fat located in the mid-face area just below the cheekbone. It is responsible for fullness in the cheeks and most noticeable in babies where it aids in sucking functions. Thankfully, it does decrease in size as we age, however in some individuals the large size compared to other facial features does persist. This buccal fat pad can be the cause of facial fullness in adults and removal may be considered for any age group and can done in conjunction with other facial procedures. Weight fluctuations may affect the size of the buccal fat pad as well.

Removal of the buccal fat pad is usually done from the inside of the mouth and incisions are hidden in the mouth, so there are no external scars. With a subtle decrease in the width and fullness of this region, significant improvements in the harmony between facial areas can be achieved. Depending on how slim you want your face to look, the amount of fat removed can be varied. There is, however, a limited amount of fat in the buccal area and fat from other parts of the midface cannot be removed safely. Dr Mirmanesh will work with each patient individually so their goals can be achieved.

Procedure Overview

Before Buccal Fat Pad Removal Surgery
After Buccal Fat Pad Removal Surgery

Average surgical time: 60 minutes

Anesthesia type: General in Certified Surgical Center or Local in Office

Estimated Cost: $4,000 USD


Back to work: 1 week

Return to exercise: 4 weeks

How Dr Mirmanesh maximizes your outcome

Incision hidden inside your mouth
Pain control with local anesthesia injection at procedure conclusion

Am I a good candidate?

Non smoker
No medical conditions that reduce wound healing
No history of keloids/abnormal scarring
Unhappy with appearance
Realistic goals

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