Buccal fat pads are present in everyone and are located beneath the cheekbones on both sides of the face. They can be more prominent in some people leading to an overly round or "baby face." Double board-certified Atlanta Buccal fat removal expert Dr. Julia Kerolus may recommend reducing or removing the buccal fat pads to achieve well-defined cheekbones and more contour of the face. Schedule a consultation in Atlanta with Kerolus Facial Plastic Surgery to see how this procedure can help sculpt your face.
Add definition to your face
Buccal fat reduction is used to achieve a slimmer, more contoured appearance of the cheeks and lower face.
The buccal fat pad is naturally occurring and present in everyone since birth. Prominent buccal fat is often genetic and not responsive to interventions such as weight loss. Buccal fat removal is an effective treatment that helps create a natural shadow below the cheekbone and a slimmer face.
If you feel like your face is too round or overly full, buccal fat removal will help you achieve a more contoured look, giving your lower face a trim, v-shape.
If you are unsatisfied with your cheeks giving your face a round shape and are in relatively good health, you probably are a good candidate for buccal fat removal. However, if your face is already narrow, Dr. Kerolus may not recommend a buccal fat reduction because it could leave you looking more gaunt.
Buccal fat removal is a relatively painless and rapid in-office surgery that takes approximately an hour. A local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment region before the procedure begins. A mild sedative may also be given if you feel worried.
To begin your procedure for buccal fat removal Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kerolus will create a small incision within the mouth around the inner regions of each cheek. The buccinator muscle is separated from the fat pad and a portion of the fat pad is carefully removed. The amount to be removed is determined by the individual's anatomy and desired goals. The incision is closed with dissolvable sutures.
Precise and Considerate
Most Atlanta buccal fat removal patients can resume normal, non-strenuous activities within one to two days after the procedure. The incisions used for surgery heal rapidly. While some swelling in the cheeks is usual at first, it should continue to diminish throughout one to two weeks, revealing the treatment's effects. Because of Dr. Kerolus' precise method, considerable discomfort during recovery is uncommon, with most people reporting mild to moderate soreness.
Results that last
Results are noticeable when the swelling begins to subside two weeks after surgery. It's worth noting, however, that the final results of the buccal fat excision can take anywhere from two to four months. Your results will be permanent. After surgery, the buccal fat that is removed does not recover. However, there are other fat pockets in this area of the face, and weight gain could expand these pockets, reducing the efficiency of the buccal fat reduction treatment.
To get a trim, defined face and reduce round cheeks, your first step is to schedule a consultation for buccal fat removal in Atlanta with Atlanta's Kerolus Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. Julia Kerolus wants to help give you the confidence you deserve.
Buccal fat removal is a relatively painless surgery. Patients may suffer slight discomfort or tenderness for a few days following surgery, but this is ordinarily manageable and passes rapidly.
Buccal fat reduction is considered a safe treatment in the hands of an experienced surgeon. Postoperative infection is a possibility with any surgical procedure. Still, it is minimized with an antiseptic mouthwash to be used during the post operative course.
Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic procedure usually not covered by insurance. However, Dr. Kerolus can go over the costs and payment structure at your consultation.
Liposuction is a technique that removes fat from a layer just beneath the skin. Because the buccal fat pad is deeper than this layer, it is difficult to reach with a liposuction cannula, making this a dangerous and ineffective method of fat removal in this area.
Taking care of yourself is about more than just annual check-ups and eating right. You also want to preserve your ability to look and feel your best. If you feel like you have an area that you want to improve through plastic surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kerolus. She will make sure you find the right treatment for your best results.
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