Buccal Fat Removal is a procedure for buccal pad of fat reduction
Bichectomy is an aesthetic facial procedure to reduce prominent cheeks, by removing a portion of the buccal fat tissue, which consists of Bichat's adipose bag.
Buccal Fat Removal: The Procedure
The surgery is usually done under general anesthesia or with conscious sedation. The typical approach to eliminate excess buccal fat is by making an incision in the mouth, at the posterior end of the buccal cavity, close to the 2nd upper molar. A second incision is made through the buccinator muscle.
The surgeon will apply pressure to the exterior of the cheek; and this causes the buccal fat pad to obtrude in to the mouth, and it can be gripped with a forceps.
The surgeon will then cut and eliminate the required quantity of tissue from the buccal fat pad to bring about cheek reduction.
The rest of the buccal fat pad is re-inserted and the incisions sutured. The procedure is repeated on the other side of the face.
Recovery after Buccal Fat Removal
After a buccal fat extraction procedure, the lower portion of the face and mouth will be slightly swollen, sore, and tender. There will be some bruising on the inside of the mouth.
You doctor will prescribe a special diet of foods which aren’t acidic; he will ask you to sleep with your head elevated, and to gargle with an anti-septic mouthwash 3 to 5 times every day.
The swelling subsides in about 2 weeks. Stitches will be removed within 10 days of the surgery. The process might be slightly uncomfortable, but not very painful.
You will be able to see some results within 7 to 10 days, once the swelling subsides, however, it will take approximately 2 to 4 months for you to appreciate the full results of your buccal fat removal procedure.
Buccal Fat Removal Benefits
Buccal fat removal surgery involves the removal of a fraction of the buccal fat pad, situated in the lower aspect of the cheeks. Those who have an excessively plump or round face opt for this cosmetic procedure. It offers you a leaner and more chiseled look.
Extracting of Buccal Pad of Fat
Buccal fat extraction is seen as a helpful substitute to facial liposuction, and in most cases, proffers remarkable results.
Some people decrease the size of their cheeks by shedding surplus weight; however, others fail to see a visible improvement in their look after following a weight reduction plan, due to the presence of stubborn fatty tissue that tends to get trapped under the cheeks.
Buccal pad of fat removal promises to offer:
• A spectacular improvement in the facial appearance to people who have average weight and are looking for a more sculpted look
• A more mature appearance
• It enhances the appearance without the need for extensive surgical intervention
• It creates a contoured, defined and chiseled appearance
• Augments self-esteem
The results of the procedure are permanent. On the other hand, if you gain undue amount of weight, your cheeks will look plump again.
Buccal Fat Removal Cost
The cost for a buccal fat removal procedure is in the range of $2500 – $5,000. The cost differs from region to region; and depends up on the surgeon as well as the patient’s expectations.
Being a cosmetic procedure, medical insurance companies do not cover its expenses; nevertheless, there are surgeons who accept a payment plan to cover the costs.
Another option to explore is having the surgery overseas at various medical tourism destinations, such as, Costa Rica, Mexico, India, Jordan, Turkey, and Thailand.
These countries proffer buccal fat extraction at a small fraction of the cost charged in the United States.
The surgeons and medical staff are unquestionably skilled and adept, the facilities made available are first-class, technology used is top-notch and the quality of surgical care provided is excellent.
The buccal fat removal procedure offers numerous benefits; nonetheless, like any other surgical procedure, it is associated with certain risks and complications as well.
Buccal Fat Removal Risks
• The risk of infection is very frequently seen; as with any surgery; however, it is handled effectively with antibiotic treatment.
• Another common complication is an allergic reaction to the anesthetic used
• An unbalanced appearance, i.e. if the surgeon removes too little or too much of fat, the face may appear asymmetrical and unbalanced.
• Unwanted depressions may form in the cheeks.
• Damage to the neighboring tissues
• Development of a hematoma or seroma
• Excessive scarring, you may have a perceptible scar for several months after the procedure.
• Slow healing; this depends on the type of incision made
• Injury to the parotid gland is another noteworthy peril. It could lead to development of a hematoma or could affect salivation.