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Buccal Fat Reduction

Medically Reviewed April 2023, by Dr. Ayad Harb, one of the world's leading plastic surgeons

What is Buccal Fat Reduction?

Buccal Fat Reduction is an increasingly popular surgical procedure tailored for individuals who wish to diminish the fullness in their cheeks and achieve a more refined facial appearance. It targets the buccal fat pads that lie within the lower cheeks, responsible for a "chubby" or rounded facial look. This fat pad varies in size from person to person and may contribute to a softer, youthful appearance that some individuals wish to reduce for a more chiseled and mature aesthetic.

The procedure commences with a detailed consultation where the surgeon evaluates the facial anatomy and discusses the desired outcomes with the patient. It's performed as an outpatient procedure, typically under local anesthesia. A small incision is made inside the mouth, on the inner side of the cheek, allowing direct access to the buccal fat pads. The targeted fat is then meticulously extracted, sculpting the cheeks and highlighting the natural contours of the face.

One of the significant advantages of Buccal Fat Reduction is the absence of any visible external scars. Since the incisions are made within the mouth, there are no markings on the facial skin, leaving a smooth and natural finish. The surgery usually takes around an hour and offers a quick recovery, with most patients resuming normal activities within a day or two.

Buccal Fat Reduction may be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other facial contouring treatments, such as chin augmentation or a facelift, for a more comprehensive enhancement. The results are generally permanent, offering a long-lasting solution for those seeking to diminish the appearance of prominent or “chubby” cheeks.

While primarily pursued for aesthetic reasons, Buccal Fat Reduction can also have practical benefits. For example, reducing the buccal fat pads may facilitate better oral hygiene by making the cleaning of the inner cheeks more comfortable and effective.

Buccal Fat Reduction is a sophisticated procedure that requires an experienced and skilled surgeon. Individualized assessment and careful surgical technique ensure that the optimal amount of fat is removed, avoiding an overly hollow appearance, and preserving the natural attractiveness of the face.

Overall, the procedure provides a powerful means to enhance one's facial appearance, emphasizing natural beauty and individual characteristics. Through minimal incisions and a short recovery time, it offers a convenient solution for those seeking to accentuate their facial contours and achieve a more defined and youthful look.

At a glance

Treatment Time

60 minutes



Hospital Stay

Outpatient procedure

Full Recovery

2 weeks

Time off work

2-3 days


24 hours post-surgery


2 weeks


24-48 hours

Benefits of the treatment

Buccal fat reduction is an increasingly popular procedure that offers a tailored approach to enhance the facial contours. By focusing on reducing the buccal fat pads, it refines the cheeks' appearance, emphasizing the natural lines and structures of the face. The result is a more sculpted and aesthetically pleasing look, which can rejuvenate the overall appearance and provide a more youthful glow.

One of the distinct advantages of this procedure is the minimal scarring involved. Since the incisions are made inside the mouth, there are no visible scars on the face. This offers patients the benefit of a more discreet treatment, allowing them to enjoy the results without any obvious signs of surgery. It's a subtle yet impactful way to achieve the desired facial alterations.

Immediate results are another major benefit of buccal fat reduction. The changes in the facial structure are noticeable right away, and patients can see a significant reduction in cheek fullness immediately after the procedure. Although swelling may affect the initial appearance, the final results continue to improve in the weeks following surgery, providing an exciting transformation that enhances self-esteem.

One of the most appealing aspects of buccal fat reduction is that it offers a permanent solution to those seeking to change their facial appearance. Unlike temporary treatments that require ongoing maintenance, the removal of buccal fat pads creates a lasting alteration to the facial structure. This permanence adds to the procedure's appeal, as it provides a one-time solution to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

The procedure can have a profound impact on a person's confidence and overall satisfaction with their appearance. Achieving a more defined and attractive facial contour can boost self-assurance, enabling individuals to feel more comfortable and positive about how they look. The psychological benefits of this physical transformation can be significant, providing a renewed sense of self and contributing to overall well-being.

Buccal fat reduction offers a myriad of benefits, from immediate and permanent results to minimal scarring and enhanced self-confidence. It's a tailored and effective solution for those seeking to accentuate their facial features and achieve a more refined and youthful appearance.

Is Buccal Fat Reduction Suitable For Everyone?

Buccal Fat Reduction is not universally suitable for all individuals. Ideal candidates typically have a fuller appearance in the lower cheeks that they wish to reduce. They should be in good overall health, non-smokers or ready to quit smoking, and have realistic expectations regarding the results. The procedure is not advisable for individuals with a naturally thin face, as removing buccal fat may lead to a gaunt appearance. Age also plays a role; younger patients with youthful, elastic skin may achieve better results. The consultation with a skilled surgeon is a vital step to determine candidacy, where a thorough evaluation of the facial structure, medical history, and personal goals is undertaken. The surgeon will recommend the best course of action, considering all the individual factors.

Are There Any Risks Or Side Effects?

As with any surgical procedure, Buccal Fat Reduction comes with potential risks and side effects, although they are generally rare and manageable. Potential risks may include infection, bleeding, swelling, bruising, or numbness in the cheek area. Temporary changes in sensation or facial asymmetry may also occur. It's essential to choose an experienced surgeon who adheres to the highest standards of care to minimize these risks. Proper post-operative care, following the surgeon's guidelines, will further reduce the likelihood of complications. Any concerns should be immediately addressed with the medical team to ensure prompt and appropriate care.

How Long Will The Results Last?

Buccal Fat Reduction offers permanent results as the fat pads removed from the cheeks do not regenerate. However, it is essential to recognize that the rest of the facial tissues continue to age and change over time. Maintaining a stable weight is crucial, as significant weight fluctuations can alter facial appearance. Following a healthy lifestyle, including proper skincare, diet, and sun protection, will also support the longevity of the results. Periodic consultations with the surgeon or a skincare specialist may help in maintaining the fresh and youthful appearance achieved through the procedure.

Will There Be Scarring From The Procedure?

One of the standout features of Buccal Fat Reduction is that it leaves no visible scars. The incisions are made inside the mouth, hidden from view. This contributes to the natural appearance of the results and eliminates concerns about noticeable scarring. Some patients might experience minor internal scarring, but this is typically inconsequential and does not affect the appearance or function of the mouth. Following post-operative care instructions, including oral hygiene guidelines provided by the surgeon, helps ensure a smooth healing process without complications.

Can I Combine Buccal Fat Reduction With Other Facial Procedures?

Yes, Buccal Fat Reduction can often be combined with other facial procedures to achieve a comprehensive facial enhancement. Procedures like facelift, neck lift, chin augmentation, or rhinoplasty may be performed simultaneously or in a staged manner. Combining procedures can provide synergistic effects, enhancing the overall balance and harmony of the face. However, this approach requires careful planning and consideration of the individual's anatomy, goals, and overall health. A detailed consultation with an experienced surgeon is crucial to tailor a personalized treatment plan that aligns with the patient's needs and ensures safety and satisfaction.

About Our Clinic

Located in the heart of Ascot, Bicester, and London, the SRGN Clinic exemplifies afusion of cutting-edge science, unparalleled skill, and an unwavering commitment to patient care. The clinic stands as a beacon of excellence in thefield of aesthetic and plastic surgery.

Leading the team at SRGN is Dr. Ayad Harb, a renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetic trainer. His expertise, honed by years of experience and a genuine passion for improving lives, defines the very core of the clinic's ethos. Dr. Harb's innovative techniques, combined with an artistic eye for detail, enable him to deliver consistently exceptional results that are tailored to each patient's individual needs and desires.

At SRGN, we believe in the transformative power of aesthetic and plastic surgery. Our treatments, ranging from non-invasive procedures to complex surgical interventions, are designed to enhance and accentuate your natural beauty. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment where you can discuss your aesthetic goals openly, and together we create a treatment plan that brings these goals to life.

Every member of the SRGN team shares a deep commitment to patient care. We prioritise your comfort, safety, and satisfaction from the moment you step into our clinic. Each of our facilities mirrors the luxury and tranquility of their surroundings, offering a serene space where you can embark on your journey to self-improvement.

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