Certain patients are bothered by the overly round appearance of their face caused by buccal fat pads in the cheeks area, which also tends to hide the jawline. Fat pads are located between the superficial and deep muscles of the cheeks. In certain individuals, these pads or too big, which causes the lower third of the face to look too round or fat. Buccal fat pads volume does not depend of the rest of the body, which means it is not caused by excess weight.

To sculpt contours in the lower third of the face and improve their definition, fat pads can be removed surgically. This procedure is little-known but not that rare. More and more patients request buccal fat removal because the procedure is minimally invasive and simple. It also has the benefit of balancing facial features permanently with a quick procedure. The result can also be seen immediately and the procedure does not result in any visible scar.

Buccal fat pads removal : liposuction or manual removal

While liposuction cannot achieve the same results as manual fat removal (because it cannot target deep fat layers), it can be an additional treatment to improve jawline definition and treat an associated double chin if needed. Compared to cheek liposuction, manual buccal fat pads removal can:

  • Remove large amount of fat in the cheeks area, under the cheekbones.
  • Sculpt the lower face deeper.
  • Highlight the cheekbones.
  • Restore harmony between facial features.

The most suited treatment option is determined by a qualified cosmetic surgeon after a thorough examination during the initial consultation. If you are ready to undergo surgery to correct the overly round shape of your face, remember to choose a surgeon who has experience with this procedure to maximize your chance of satisfying result.