Facial architecture defines a person’s overall beauty and charm, thus facial features have to be as refined and contoured. For this, buccal fat pad reduction have become quite known and performed among celebrities and common people.
The role of buccal fat pads
The buccal fat pad, also known bichat’s fat pad, is an encapsulated fat mass in the cheek. It is a deep fat pad located under the cheekbones. For some people, the buccal fat pad is small; thus giving a beautifully sunken effect to the cheeks. For others, however, hypertrophy of the buccal pad can give the person a puffy effect. For this reason, many people seek the reduction removal of buccal fat pads.
Bichat’s fat pads play an important role at the beginning and ending of our lives. Indeed, babies are able to exert enough pressure on their cheeks to absorb milk from their mother’s breasts. Buccal fat pads also maintain the shape of the cheeks during the aging process to prevent cheeks from falling or sinking in.
How is buccal fat pad reduction performed?
The reduction of buccal fat pads should be performed carefully to ensure that fair amounts of fat is left in the cheekbones (to preserve the shape of the cheeks over time).
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia. The surgeon starts by creating an incision (extending from ten to twenty centimetres) in the mouth under the molars of the upper jaw. Excess fat is thereafter removed and the incision sutured with resorbable stitches. The intervention is similarly performed on the neighbouring cheek.
Recovery & post-operative care after buccal fat pad reduction
• Bruising and swelling are quite expected after surgery, but both will fade away with the application of ice packs on the cheeks.
• Slight to moderate pain is expected, but the doctor will prescribe antalgics to alleviate it.
• The patient has to wash their mouth with antiseptic mouthwash for seven to ten days after the surgery.
• The patient has to follow a liquid diet during the first days following surgery as chewing can turn out to be painful.
The results: sunken cheeks & a refined face
Final results can be appreciated in three months after puffiness completely disappears. Post-surgical scarring is well-hidden in the mouth, and thus invisible. Cheek volume is decreased and the cheekbones are highlighted. For men, a face with no puffy cheeks and well-contoured cheekbones is a sign of virility.