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Chubby cheeks can be cute and endearing when you are a child, but as you grow older, they can become a source of self-consciousness and insecurity. If you are someone who struggles with “cherub cheeks,” also known as excessive buccal fat, you may have tried various methods to reduce the fullness in your cheeks. However, sometimes these methods prove to be ineffective, leaving you wondering if there is a solution to this problem.

Fortunately, there is a solution: Buccal Fat Removal at Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that aims to reduce the fullness in the cheeks caused by the buccal fat pad. This is a naturally occurring fat pad located in the cheek area, and in some people, it can be more prominent than in others, leading to a “baby face” appearance. Buccal fat removal involves making incisions inside the mouth and removing a portion of the buccal fat pad. This results in a slimmer, more contoured appearance to the cheeks.

Is Buccal Fat Removal Right for You?

Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can be an effective solution for individuals who are bothered by their chubby cheeks. However, it is not suitable for everyone. Before deciding to undergo buccal fat removal, it is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your individual case and determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Dr. Stefan Shuaib is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with the knowledge and experience to help determine if you are a good candidate. Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal are typically individuals who are at a healthy weight, have good skin elasticity and are non-smokers. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand that while buccal fat removal can create a more contoured appearance, it cannot change the underlying bone structure of the face.

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

Buccal fat removal is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. The procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes per cheek, and patients can usually return home the same day. After the procedure, patients may experience some swelling and bruising, which can last for up to two weeks. It is important to follow Dr. Shuaib’s post-operative care instructions carefully, including avoiding strenuous activity and eating a soft diet for a few days after the procedure.

Results of buccal fat removal can typically be seen within a few weeks, and final results can be seen after several months once all swelling has subsided. The results of buccal fat removal can be long-lasting, but it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent the regrowth of buccal fat.

Dallas, TX, Cheek Reduction Surgery

If you are someone who is bothered by your chubby cheeks and have struggled to find a solution, buccal fat removal may be a viable option. However, it is important to carefully consider the risks and benefits of the procedure and consult with Dr. Shuaib before making a decision. Contact Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery in Irving, Texas, to schedule a consultation.

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