BUCCAL FAT PAD EXCISION

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INTRODUCTION

Buccal fat removal is the concept of modifying the deep fat of the face from inside the mouth. It is a gentle, precise and tissue-sparing procedure for facial contouring and rejuvenation. The surgery is effective for improving facial proportions, soft-tissue asymmetries and age-related lower facial heaviness.

Facial fat is composed of multiple fat compartments, arranged in deep and superficial layers. They are separated by connective tissue, forming well-defined anatomical units - known as ‘fat pads’. Their function is to provide insulation and structural support throughout the facial soft-tissues.

The adipose compartments change throughout life, some are prone to deflation (fat atrophy), whilst others may gain in volume (fat hypertrophy). These volumetric changes are reflected in the contours of the face and will determine how individual regions develop with ageing.

The buccal fat pad is a deep fat compartment that extends from the upper mid-face to the lower face (next to the mouth). Due to the elongated shape, it is prone to a downward volume-shift within the compartment. This may result in fat accumulation and potentially a bulge in the lower cheek, next to the mouth.

Flat cheek- bones can be built out by inserting implants over the cheek bones.

BUCCAL FAT PAD EXCISION PROCEDURE

Operation time

30 minutes

Anaesthesia

local or general

Nights in hospital

day case

Risks - common

bruising, swelling, temporary numbness

Risks - uncommon

infection, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, permanent nerve damage

Pain and discomfort

3 - 7 days

Follow-up after surgery

1 week, 3 months

Time off work

1 week

Sports

2 weeks - walking
4 weeks - jogging
6 weeks - everything

Result

12 weeks until final result
No visible scar

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FEES

Buccal fat pad excision

From £2,500

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