Buccal Fat Removal Sydney NSW

Buccal Fat Removal Sydney - Surgery to reduce Chubby Cheeks

Buccal fat removal is a cheek surgery to make the face slimmer. During this procedure, fat is removed from the inner cheeks to achieve a thinner and well-contoured face.

Although some degree of facial fullness is part of attractive facial aesthetics, some people feel like their face is too full. It’s too round. Too broad. Too chubby. This is usually caused by genetics – your body just happens to store fat in the cheeks, so you have a chubby face. Buccal fat pad excision is great solution to deal with overly full cheeks. By removing a tiny amount of fat from the cheeks, you can have a slimmer face with a more defined contour.

Plastic Surgeon Dr Maryam Seyadabadi  performs chubby cheek removal surgery for her patients in Sydney NSW. She strategically removes fat from the cheek to improve the proportions and contour of the face. Her buccal fat extraction technique is performed from inside the mouth leaving no external facial scars.

What is Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?

Buccal Fat Pad Reduction is a facial cosmetic procedure that aims to make the face look slimmer by removing fat from the cheeks. “Buccal fat” is the medical term used to refer to cheek fat. It creates a thinner and better-defined facial contour.

The cheeks are usually slightly chubby during our young adult years and tend to become slimmer as we age. However, in some people, the cheeks are genetically chubby. It tends to “run in the family”. Your face might look fuller and your cheeks puffier than you want them to be. There’s a good chance that your face will become slightly slimmer as you reach your 40s, however, you can get surgery before that age. There are several names for buccal fat removal surgery including:

  • Buccal Fat Pad Excision
  • Cheek Fat Removal
  • Buccal Fat Pad Reduction
  • Buccal Fat Extraction
  • Chubby Cheek Reduction
  • Chubby Cheek Surgery
  • Fat Face Reduction
  • Puffy Cheeks Surgery

Who Needs Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?

Buccal fat extraction is one of several surgeries that can make the face look slimmer (such as jaw surgery and chin reduction surgery).

Buccal fat removal might be the best option for a thinner face if:

  • You have puffy cheeks making your face too round, chubby, or full
  • You feel like you have a fat face
  • You have good facial skin quality
  • You are in a fairly good health condition
  • You want to make your face slimmer and more contoured
  • You can stop smoking for at least 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after chubby cheek reduction

If you meet the above criteria, then you’re an excellent candidate for Buccal Fat Pad Excision.

Fat Cheeks Reduction

Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Buccal fat reduction has many advantages and benefits that make it an excellent face slimming surgery. Here are some of them:

  • Fairly simple procedure
  • Can be done in-office (no hospital stay)
  • No facial scars (done from inside the mouth)
  • Can be done under local anaesthesia
  • Can dramatically change the whole facial appearance
  • Gives the cheeks a strong well-defined contour and clear curves
  • Makes the whole face look slimmer and improves your silhouette
  • Boosts your self-esteem and satisfaction with your looks

Although buccal fat removal is a straightforward procedure, it cannot be performed by just any doctor or surgeon. It needs a lot of skill. Otherwise, you’ll be risking complications such as bleeding or undesirable results – asymmetry, over-reduction, over-contouring. So, make sure you choose a surgeon who has the skill needed to achieve the best results possible.

Buccal Fat Removal Dr Maryam

How Is Buccal Fat Removal Surgery Performed?

Fat cheek reduction is usually done as day surgery. The procedure is performed with the help of local anaesthesia. You might be given a sedative to help you relax, though. The procedure can take 30 to 60 minutes from start to finish.

Dr Maryam will start by injecting the local anaesthetic (e.g. lidocaine) into the cheeks. This is done from inside the mouth. The lidocaine will numb the cheeks so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. After that, Dr Maryam will start the buccal fat removal procedure. She will start by performing a small 2-4 cm incision on the inside of each cheek (adjacent to the upper gum). She will then press the cheek with one hand from outside, making the deep cheek fat protrude from the surgical opening inside.

Dr Maryam will then use forceps, scissors, and (sometimes) an electrical knife to cut out the extra cheek fat. On average, less than 10 ml of fat is removed during buccal fat extraction to effectively slim the cheeks.

The amount of fat removed is not the only determinant of a good aesthetic outcome. Dr Maryam gives special attention to symmetry and facial proportions so that the final results fit the rest of your facial features perfectly.

Once enough fat is removed, Dr Maryam will close the wounds inside your mouth.

Recovery after Buccal Fat Removal

Recovery after Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Chubby cheeks surgery recovery is usually smooth and uneventful. You can usually go back to work the next day after your buccal fat extraction. You might experience some swelling and pain in the cheek area after the procedure. The pain is usually minimal and very well tolerated by patients. The swelling might last several weeks, obscuring the full effect of the procedure. However, by 4-6 weeks, all of the swelling should be gone, and you will be able to enjoy the full results.

During buccal fat removal recovery, you should be mindful of what you eat. Avoid spicy, hard, granular, and sharp foods. These might irritate the wound and impair its healing. You can brush your teeth, however, do so gently until your wounds heal.

Buccal Fat Removal Cost Sydney - How much does buccal fat removal surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

Determining the price of chubby cheek surgery is not as simple as it sounds. The surgical needs vary from one person to another. The type of anaesthesia and where you’re getting the surgery also play a role. Dr Maryam can only give you an accurate estimate of chubby cheek removal costs after she sees you and discusses your cosmetic needs with you. In general, most women and men find buccal fat extraction affordable.

Is Buccal Fat Removal surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

Medicare and insurance in Australia do not usually cover the costs of buccal fat removal surgery. It’s considered a purely cosmetic surgery and so you will need to cover the costs yourself.

Find out more about a Buccal Fat Removal Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for other face surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Buccal Fat Removal Surgery Worth It?

93% of surveyed patients say that buccal fat removal surgery is worth it. Despite being a straightforward procedure, it can have great aesthetic results. If you feel insecure and unsatisfied with how chubby, round, or full your face looks, then buccal fat extraction can change that. With a few tweaks, Dr Maryam can make your face slimmer and define your cheekbones, giving your face a stronger outline. Minimal downtime, hidden scars, and a dramatic improvement.

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With many years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has built a reputation in Sydney for her ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques. Join her happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Maryam at your earliest convenience.

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FAQs for Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Is buccal fat removal a good idea?


This depends on your preferences. Buccal fat extraction is an excellent and safe way to reduce cheek size and make your face look slimmer. Most men and women who get the surgery say that it’s worth it.

Is buccal fat removal permanent?


Yes. The fat removed from the cheeks in a buccal fat extraction is removed forever. It cannot grow back.

How painful is buccal fat removal?


Cheek reduction surgery is not especially painful. The pain is very well tolerated by patients. Routine painkillers are usually enough to have a seamless recovery.

How can I reduce my buccal fat naturally?


By losing weight and exercising, you might be able to reduce your cheek fat without surgery. However, in most cases, buccal fat is stubborn. The most effective weight to get rid of fat cheeks is buccal fat removal surgery.

What should I eat after buccal fat?


You are generally allowed to eat anything you want after buccal fat removal. However, we recommend you stay away from spicy, hot, physically hard or sharp, and fine granular foods. These can irritate the wound and interfere with healing.

Can buccal fat be dissolved?


Buccal fat is removed with surgery. It’s the most effective way to permanently make the cheeks slimmer.

Does buccal fat go away with age?


Yes. The facial fat pads tend to regress as you age, leading to decreased buccal fat. Your face becomes less chubby as the years pass. In some people, however, buccal fat may persist.

How long is recovery from buccal fat removal?


Recovery from buccal fat extraction is quick. You can usually go back to work the second day after your procedure. Pain might persist for a few days, but it’s usually very well tolerated. Swelling can last up to 6 weeks before completely resolving.

Can you reverse buccal fat removal?


Yes. If you are not satisfied with how thin your face is after buccal fat removal then it can be filled again. Fat grafting is an excellent technique used to refill the face with your own fat.

Can buccal fat be removed without surgery?


No. Surgery is the only way to reduce chubby cheeks. The fat tissue needs to be cut out and removed.

Can I brush my teeth after buccal fat removal?


Yes. You can brush your teeth after fat cheek surgery, however, you need to be careful when brushing near your wounds.

How can I reduce my face fat?


An excellent way to make a fat face thinner is buccal fat removal surgery. This procedure reduces chubby cheeks by extracting part of the fat pads making the cheeks look puffy.

Why is my face so fat?


Some bodies tend to store fat preferentially in the face, making the face look chubbier than usual. It is mostly genetic and the fat stores in the face can be stubborn and resistant to diet and exercise.

How can a skinny person lose cheek fat?


If you have chubby cheeks despite being thin or skinny, then the best way to lose cheek fat is buccal fat removal surgery. Your genetics make your body store fat in the cheeks. These fat stores are usually resistant to sports or dieting.

What are Risks and Complications of Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?


All in all, chubby cheek reduction is a safe procedure. As long as it’s being performed by an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, there are very rare risks involved. Rare complications include:

  • Facial nerve injury
  • Injury to the salivary glands
  • Fluid collection in the wound (seroma)
  • Blood collection in the wound (hematoma)
  • Persistent bleeding
  • Skin numbness
  • Asymmetric results
  • Over-reduction of the cheeks
  • Wound infection

Keep in mind that these complications very rarely occur, and your plastic surgeon’s experience can be an essential factor in preventing them. Find out more about risks and complications of plastic surgery.

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her an excellent skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.