Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Liposuction of the neck by our Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, can be a beneficial treatment for men and women needing to create a sleeker, slimmer neck, and a stronger facial profile. Extra fat within the neck area may give a person the appearance of having a double chin. With neck liposuction, the excess fat is suctioned out of the area for a slimming effect. Some of our patients will not be candidates for liposuction alone. Many patients with loose and sagging skin may also consider having a neck lift (a skin removal and tightening technique) as well to achieve the best results. Dr. Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® will determine which procedure is correct for you to design your treatment plan.

What is Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

The buccal fat pad removal or also known as cheek reduction, is a cosmetic procedure where fat pads between your facial muscles in the hollow area beneath each of your cheek bones is removed during a minor surgery. Everyone has buccal fat pads, but their size and shape differ based on each individual’s genetic makeup.

If you do not feel comfortable with the look of your face around the cheekbone area, please contact us directly at Natural Results Plastic Surgery where Dr. Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® is able to provide an evaluation of your case and correct it with a minor cosmetic surgical procedure as needed. The goal of this procedure is to provide a more contoured and sculpted cheeks.

Who is a good candidate for this procedure?

An ideal candidate is a patient with the following characteristics:

  1. Rounder face and dislike of the fullness of your cheeks.

  2. Procedure can be performed on both, men and women patients.

  3. Patients who have a thin or narrow face structure might not be a good candidate for this procedure.

By setting up your consult with us, Dr. Mata, Harvard-trained board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ will be able to evaluate your individual case and provide advice as to how to proceed.

Benefits of this procedure and any risks associated.
Getting this procedure done with Dr. Mata, who has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures, will help you achieve a slimmer face appearance and naturally defined cheeks, that will help you increase self-confidence with your overall aesthetic look.

This procedure is performed at our Natural Results Plastic Surgery office in Scottsdale, AZ. It is done under local anesthesia while you are awake, and it takes less than one hour to have it completed.

This fairly simple cosmetic procedure is performed through a small incision inside your cheeks from the mouth and close to the buccal fat pads where these are easily removed for a more sculpted look.

Is there any downtime with this procedure?

After the procedure is completed, there will be swelling for a couple of days/weeks as the tissues inside the mouth fully recover. It could take four to six weeks to completely heal from this procedure.

When will I start seeing results from this procedure and what can be expected?

You will start seeing results within one to two weeks after the procedure is completed and once the swelling begins to subside. For full results it could take anywhere from two to four months to appreciate the final look. Overall, you can expect to see naturally defined cheeks with a slimmer facial appearance. Results are permanent once the procedure is completed.

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