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What is buccal fat removal?

Patients looking to reduce midface cheek volume for a slimmer, more contoured look will appreciate the possibilities of buccal fat removal in Beverly Hills. The buccal fat pad is one of our face’s many fat compartments, located in the lower part of the cheek. Larger amounts of buccal fat can make your cheeks look rounder, and a quick cosmetic procedure at PERK can correct this.

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How does buccal fat removal work?

In order to achieve a sculpted and slender look to the face, the excess buccal fat pad is most often surgically removed. By removing the extra buccal fat, the cheekbones can appear higher and well-contoured. Buccal fat is often genetic, varies in size between the right and the left cheek, and can’t be corrected by diet or exercise.

Buccal fat removal is typically performed under local anesthesia in under an hour. Two small incisions will be made inside the mouth where the excess fat is safely removed, leaving no visible scars on the outside of the face.

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“I feel so lucky to have found this practice. I met with several surgeons but Dr. Lee and her team stood out far above the rest. They made me feel completely at ease throughout the whole process and attended to all of my questions and concerns in the most caring, yet professional manner. She was thorough in explaining all options, alternatives and possible complications. I truly felt as though i was treated like family and never once questioned my decisions. To top it off- I’m THRILLED with my results. Aside from surgical expertise and professionalism, Dr. Lee and her team are great people all around. I highly recommend them to anyone considering a cosmetic procedure.”


What are the benefits of buccal fat removal in Beverly Hills?

  • Enhanced cheek definition
  • Reduction of “chubby” or round facial appearance
  • Improved facial symmetry
  • More sculpted and contoured facial appearance
  • Reduction of the appearance of a "chipmunk cheek" or "baby fat" look
  • Potential improvement in jawline definition
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal scarring as incisions are made inside the mouth
  • Quick recovery time
  • Boosted self-confidence and self-image

Am I a candidate for buccal fat removal?

  • Excessive fullness in the lower cheeks
  • Good overall physical and mental health
  • Stable weight, meaning at or near ideal weight
  • Realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure
  • Non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery
  • Dissatisfaction with the appearance of chubby cheeks
  • Understanding of the potential risks and complications
  • Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Adequate facial bone structure

Buccal fat removal recovery

Buccal fat removal in Beverly Hills is a low risk procedure, with most patients experiencing only mild pain for the first few days. The majority of swelling is evident during the first week following surgery. As the incisions are made with two dissolvable stitches inside the mouth and during the period of recovery, soft food such as smoothies is recommended.

What Procedures Can Be Combined With Buccal Fat Removal?

Combining buccal fat removal with other facial procedures can enhance overall harmony and rejuvenation. Complementary surgeries that Dr. Lee typically combines with buccal fat removal include the following:


Combining buccal fat removal with a facelift can provide comprehensive rejuvenation by addressing both sagging skin and excess fat in the lower face and neck.


When combined with buccal fat removal, liposuction can further refine facial contours by targeting excess fat in other areas of the face and neck.


Combining buccal fat removal with rhinoplasty can enhance overall facial balance and aesthetics by reshaping the nose to complement the slimming effect of buccal fat removal.

Chin Augmentation

Combining buccal fat removal with chin augmentation can improve facial proportions and profile, creating a more harmonious and balanced appearance.

Why choose Dr. Michelle Lee at PERK for Buccal Fat Removal?

Dr. Michelle Lee is the acclaimed Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with years of experience delivering the most natural appearing results for her clients. Her goal is to help you create the very best version of yourself at PERK, where we perfect, reinvent and learn everyday.

Buccal Fat Removal FAQs

Is buccal fat removal a permanent solution?

Yes, buccal fat removal is a permanent solution as the removed fat cells do not regenerate.

Will buccal fat removal leave visible scars?

Buccal fat removal involves small incisions inside the mouth. This typically heals very well and is not visible.

How long does it take to see the final results of buccal fat removal?

Patients typically notice results within 1 to 3 months after buccal fat removal as swelling subsides but it can take up to one year to see the final outcome.

Are there any alternative treatments or procedures to buccal fat removal for achieving a slimmer facial appearance?

Alternative treatments for achieving a slimmer facial appearance include weight loss, contouring with makeup, and in some cases, botox injections for the masseter muscle. These options may not achieve the same result as buccal fat removal. Consulting with a plastic surgeon is recommended to discuss options.

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