Have you ever been told that you have a baby face, chipmunk cheeks, chubby cheeks, or that you “look so young”? If you’ve heard these things and felt frustrated by them, it’s likely that you have excess buccal fat on your face – and possibly a double chin to match, which is what gives the impression that you have a “soft” face.
Is Buccal Fat Removal Beneficial for a Double Chin?
Absolutely. Buccal fat removal can also help you get rid of a double chin and contour your face to look more mature, slim, and streamlined. Buccal fat removal is a plastic surgery procedure that can shave, sculpt, or completely remove the buccal fat pads from your cheeks, which can also contour your face into an ideal shape.
Including double chin removal in your treatment is simple and common for patients who have a “round” face.
What Is the Relationship Between Buccal Fat and a Double Chin?
Excess fat in the cheeks may highlight excess fat beneath the chin for a variety of reasons. For one thing, excess cheek fat can add weight to your face, blurring your jawline and creating the illusion that your cheek fat is directly connected to your under-chin fat.
Because it slims the face out from two directions, surgery to remove buccal fat and a double chin is sometimes referred to as the “ultimate double chin treatment.” This treatment is more comprehensive than either procedure performed separately.
What Is the Procedure for Removing Buccal Fat?
This is a surgical procedure, so precise incisions into the buccal fat, or fat pads, of your cheeks will be made to remove the desired amount of excess fat.
If you choose to have a procedure to slim down or remove your double chin, additional incisions will be made at this time so that you can enjoy a more cohesive result after the procedure is completed. Like most other plastic surgeries, this one will require the use of local or general anesthesia.
What Should You Expect Prior to, During, and Following the Procedure?
Whether you want to remove only the buccal fat pads or excess submental fat, including fat beneath the chin, you can expect a few common steps from your procedure, including:
Every plan for plastic surgery begins with a thorough consultation to assess your suitability for the procedure. We will discuss your expectations for the procedure, as well as provide you with information and education about the procedure and your long-term aesthetic goals. The goal of the consultation is to ensure that you and your plastic surgeon are on the same page, which is why you should bring reference photos with you.
Other information about you will be gathered as part of your consultation, such as your medical history, current medications, any drug allergies you have, and a history of previous surgeries. Please be truthful during this portion of your consultation so that your surgery can be planned in a way that is safe for your health and recovery.
Instructions for the Pre-Procedure
Although your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your treatment, there are a few general pre-procedure guidelines you should follow, including:
Discontinue blood-thinning medications for a time.
Use no alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. 24-48 hours prior to surgery
Before your treatment, you should fast.
A stand-alone procedure to remove buccal fat will only require local anesthesia and will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete. Buccal fat procedures may take longer if combined with double chin treatments. Your surgeon will determine the specifics of your sedation as well as the expected procedure time.
Instructions for Post-Procedure
During your recovery period after your procedure, your surgeon may give you specific instructions on how to sleep and eat. Following are some general post-procedure instructions:
There will be no heavy lifting or strenuous activity.
Continue to follow a liquid diet.
For at least 3 to 5 days, refrain from using alcohol or tobacco products.
Take medications exactly as directed.
Patients can return home immediately after the stand-alone procedure to remove excess buccal fat and the procedure to eliminate double chin. Patients may prefer to arrange their own transportation following their appointment. It may take several days, often 10 to 14 days, for you to be able to resume all of your normal daily activities.
When Can You Expect to See Results?
The outcomes of your treatment will become clear once you have fully recovered. Depending on the amount of fat removed, however, some patients report immediate slimming results in the cheeks, jawline, and under-chin areas of the face. Your best results will be evident during your follow-up appointment.
Are the outcomes permanent?
Yes, the outcomes of this procedure are long-lasting. This is due to the fact that fat removed from any part of the body does not regrow, owing to the fact that we are all born with a predetermined number of fat cells. Because fat cells, unlike skin cells, do not regenerate, the results of this treatment can last a lifetime for excess fat in the cheeks and beneath the chin.
Frequently Asked Questions About Buccal Fat and Double Chin
1. What Are the Causes of Buccal Fat and Double Chin?
Buccal fat and double chin are frequently seen together, resulting in an undefined jawline, soft cheekbones, and a soft, round-faced appearance. The causes of buccal fat and double chin are well-known, thanks to extensive research that has narrowed the causal factors down to two main variables: genetics and body weight.
The most common cause of buccal fat and excess fat beneath the chin is genetics. According to research, there are more stem cells in the cheeks, which lend themselves to the formation of larger fat pads.
However, genetics determines not only how many cells you have and how those cells behave; genetics also determines the likelihood of developing excess fat in the face based on heredity. Essentially, if your immediate blood relatives are prone to gaining weight in the face or have double chins, you will most likely have a more difficult time getting rid of excess facial fat.
Weight is the more obvious cause of buccal fat and under-chin fat, but it can be deceiving. People with a higher body weight have more body fat to store fuel for their cells. Because fat cells swell in response to the amount of fuel stored in them, the higher your body fat composition, the more likely it is that you will gain excess or unwanted weight in the face.
2. Is it necessary to be overweight to have excess buccal fat?
No. Keep in mind that your body weight can be deceiving. Many slim and active people have excess fat beneath the chin and on the cheeks, owing to genetic factors beyond their control. If diet and exercise have been ineffective in removing excess facial fat, your genetics are most likely to blame.
3. How Will You Keep Your Results?
Although the results of this procedure are permanent because fat cells cannot regenerate, there is always the remote possibility that any remaining fat cells will swell and return you to where you started. This is especially true for buccal fat procedures, which remove only a portion of the fat pads for a more subtle effect.
The simplest way to keep your results is to control your weight and live a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise, a well-balanced diet, and moderation in alcohol consumption are all excellent ways to maintain the results of your treatment.
For women, pregnancy hormones may alter your metabolism and cause excess weight gain in the face, so family planning may be required to maintain your results.
4. What Are Some of the Most Common Reasons for the Procedure?
Patients have a variety of reasons for requesting one or both of these procedures, and each of these reasons is valid. The following are the most common reasons for these procedures:
Observing Your Age
Some patients believe that their first impressions are harmed because of how much younger or “babyfaced” excess fat in the cheeks makes them appear. Buccal fat removal will give you a more mature appearance by giving the impression that your baby fat has finally disappeared.
Other patients seek this treatment to improve their appearance and self-esteem. Feeling attractive and confident can contribute to a happier life, particularly in romantic relationships. These treatments will chisel and sculpt your face into a more idealized appearance.
5. Does Buccal Fat Disappear With Age?
No. Buccal fat stubbornly persists in many people well into adulthood, which can be discouraging at best. While some may be pleased that buccal fat has made them look younger, at some point, buccal fat also causes jowl sagging, which can be prematurely aging and cause greater dynamic wrinkles around the nose and mouth.
6. What Other Procedures Can Be Used in conjunction with This One?
Aside from double-chin removal, there are several other treatments that are commonly used in conjunction with buccal fat removal. The majority of these procedures, such as neck liposuction, cheek contouring, chin sculpting, and jawline contouring, aim to sculpt or contour the face.
If you want to combine more than one procedure, please discuss your aesthetic goals and expectations with your plastic surgeon during your consultation.
7. Are You an Appropriate Candidate for the Procedure?
Patients who are tired of being referred to as “babyface” or “chipmunk cheeks” are likely candidates for this treatment. There is no set percentage of buccal fat that must be present in order for a removal treatment to be performed.
If you want slimmer and more sculpted cheeks, this procedure is for you. Similarly, if you have excess fat beneath the chin that you believe is contributing to a softer overall appearance, you may want to consider this combination of procedures.
Buccal fat removal can help you get rid of your double chin today!
We all have an idealized version of how we want to appear. Slimming the cheeks and eliminating excess fat beneath the chin is a goal that can sometimes only be achieved with the assistance of a plastic surgeon for those with fuller faces.