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Buccal Fat Removal

Conveniently located to serve St. Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL

The buccal fat pads are natural fat pads located in the lower cheeks on both sides of the face. If these fat pads are too large they can create a fuller cheek appearance or “chipmunk cheeks”. Studies have shown that these fat pads do not shrink over time like most facial fat deposits so they are safe to remove or contour without creating a more hollow appearance over time.

Buccal Fat Pad Removal

A buccal fat pad removal procedure is performed through small incisions inside the mouth so there are no scars on the face. Through these incisions, the buccal fat pad is identified and teased out from the surrounding tissue. The fat pads are then precisely contoured to improve cheek appearance without creating a hollow look. Buccal fat pad removal can be performed in the office or in an operating room. Some patients may receive some sedation or general anesthesia depending on their comfort level and preference. Buccal fat pad removal is often combined with other procedures such as neck liposuction or a facelift. The results of the procedure are a slimmer face with enhanced cheekbones and a more sculpted jawline.

Ideal Candidates

The ideal candidate for buccal fat pad removal has full-appearing cheeks that do not respond to diet and exercise. Ideally, they will also have a good facial bone structure with strong cheeks and a good jawline.


The incisions made inside the mouth are closed with dissolvable stitches. Most patients will have some discomfort and swelling in the cheeks which is temporary. Most patients can return to work after a few days. Results are often seen immediately but continue to improve throughout the healing process.