Buccal Fat Removal

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Arizona, Orinda and San Diego California.


Buccal Fat Removal or Buccal Fat Contouring is becoming one of the most common facial plastic surgeries performed. Several celebrities have recently admitted undergoing this simple cheek contouring procedure, gaining the procedure enormous popularity. The procedure includes contouring two small fat pads of fat in the mid-cheek/ jowl area to get rid of roundness in the lower face and a more contoured cheek.

Recent news exposure has led to a lot of differing opinions on buccal fat removal online, including claims that removing fat from the cheeks will lead to a more hollowed and aged look later in life. That is simply not true. That is a general comment without more detailed and scientific thought process. It is true that with aging fat in the face atrophies leading to volume loss and the appearance of aging. It is also true that fat is often reimplanted into the face to help reverse this process, but it is all about location. Fat in the upper face and upper cheek area needs to be preserved and often reintroduced with fat transfer procedures. Fat in the lower face where Dr. Tamplen does his buccal fat contouring just leads to larger jowls and more aging. This fat is easily removed and contoured leading to beautiful natural results with no concern for a hollowed look later in life.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is a small procedure done through small incisions in the mouth. It is down to contour and not completely remove the buccal fat pads which sit in the lower cheek area just lateral to the mouth. The procedure is meant to sculpt the lower face, highlight the cheekbones, and giving the jawline and narrower and more triangular look.

Buccal fat pads are located deep in the lower cheeks just to the side of the mouth in the area that the jowl will later form. The fat pads can be associated with excess weight gain but often have more to do with genetics and vary person to person. That’s why buccal fat removal is a highly beneficial procedure for the right patient people who are not satisfied with their full cheeks and round face despite adequate weight loss. There is no better procedure for these patients and the results are consistently beautiful. Dr. Tamplen contours the buccal fat pad removing only the excess fat and not the entire fat pad. The excess fat in this area will later lead to more tissue in the jowl area and a more aged look. This is additional. Benefit to having the excess fat contoured early in life.

Procedure and

The buccal fat contouring surgery is very simple. It starts with a topical anesthetic or oral sedation, depending on your personal preferences. Dr. Tamplen makes small incisions on the inside of the moth near the cheeks and delicately dissects out the excess fat. He removes only the excess Buccal Fat pad that is causing the round full cheeks and takes care not to remove the entire fat pad. This will provide the adequate balance of the face for years to come and not lead to excess hollowness.

The surgery is not demanding and takes less than an hour. Although it may cause some swelling, the pain goes away quickly, and patients can return to their normal activities almost immediately after the surgery. In general, the buccal fat contouring recovery doesn’t last for more than a few days. It only requires regular treatment with ice to reduce the swelling and chin strap for extra support and faster healing.

When it comes to the buccal fat contouring results, patients see them as soon as the initial swelling surpasses. Most people noticed the first improvements are visible within three weeks after the surgery.

Who is a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is recommended for people who are worried about full and round cheeks and can’t find the solution to their problem. When diet and exercises don’t help, the next step is buccal fat contouring. Still, it’s important to talk with Dr. Tamplen and determine whether the large Buccal fat pads are causing the problem in the first place.

How much does buccal fat contouring cost?

The buccal fat removal surgery cost depends on several factors, including the type of anesthesia used. In most cases, the buccal fat contouring price ranges between $4,000 and $6,000.

What are the
alternatives to
buccal fat removal?

There are a few non-invasive treatments you can try as an alternative to buccal fat removal. These include injectable fillers or botox, but their efficiency mostly depends on each problem. There is nothing else that can narrow the lower face as safe and effectively as Dr. Tamplen’s Buccal fat contouring procedure.

Schedule Your
Consultation with
Dr. Tamplen

For any further information about buccal fat removal or Dr. Tamplen’s unique Buccal fat contouring procedure, Tamplen Plastic Surgery team. Dr. Tamplen has unmatched qualifications. He is double-board certified and trained at the top institutions in the country with the number #1 score in the country on the facial plastic Surgery board exam. Specializing completely in the face, Dr. Tamplen is the experienced surgeon you need to make a better-informed decision based on your own needs and preferences. Dr. Tamplen is here to provide all the necessary information about buccal fat contouring and contouring and perform the procedure flawlessly if you decide for it.


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