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  • Writer's pictureDr Samintharaj Kumar

Buccal Fat Removal - Is this done just for beauty alone ?

Buccal fat removal, also known as cheek reduction surgery, is a sought-after cosmetic procedure for individuals aiming to refine their facial contours. This surgery is particularly beneficial for those with fuller cheeks who desire a more sculpted, balanced facial appearance, enhancing their natural beauty and confidence.

Beyond aesthetic enhancement, buccal fat removal serves a functional purpose for patients who frequently bite the insides of their cheeks due to larger buccal fat pads. This condition can be uncomfortable and lead to irritation or ulcers. By reducing the volume of the cheeks, the procedure can minimize the occurrence of accidental cheek biting, improving oral function and comfort.

Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal include:

  • Individuals with full cheeks despite a healthy weight: Those who have a rounded facial profile and lack definition in their cheeks, even with a healthy body weight, might find this procedure beneficial for achieving a more contoured look.

  • People seeking enhanced facial angles: If you desire a more angular, defined facial structure, particularly in the cheek and jawline areas, buccal fat removal can offer a permanent solution beyond temporary makeup contouring.

  • Patients with a genetic predisposition to fuller cheeks: Those with a genetic tendency towards a "baby-faced" appearance might opt for buccal fat removal to attain a more mature, proportionate facial balance.

  • Individuals experiencing frequent cheek biting: Patients who often bite their cheeks due to excess buccal fat can benefit from the functional aspect of this procedure, reducing the likelihood of cheek biting and associated discomfort.

The procedure involves making small incisions inside the mouth, allowing for the precise removal of buccal fat without visible scars. Recovery typically involves managing mild swelling and bruising, with final results revealing a more defined, authentically sculpted facial appearance.

Buccal fat removal is not only a celebration of aesthetic self-expression but also offers a practical solution for those seeking relief from the discomfort of frequent cheek biting. It's a testament to the dual benefits of cosmetic procedures, enhancing both form and function.

For individuals considering this transformation, I am happy to make an assessment to see if buccal fat removal will aligns with your aesthetic goals and functional needs.

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