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Toronto Office
Dr. Richard Rival
501-1881 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4S 3C4
Phone: (866) 229-3223
Outside Ontario: (905) 830-6711
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Newmarket Office
Dr. Richard Rival
712 Davis Drive, Suite 101A
Newmarket, ON L3Y 8C3
Phone: (905) 830-6711
Outside Ontario: (905) 830-6711
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Should I Get Buccal Fat Reduction?

Buccal Fat Removal

Is buccal fat reduction right for you? We’re taking a look at the aesthetic results of this process, as well as what makes a good candidate.

To start, let’s take a look at what buccal fat reduction is.

What Is Buccal Fat Reduction?

Buccal fat is a naturally-occurring fat pad inside of the cheeks. Depending on the volume of fat and your proportions, the buccal fact can cause prominent cheeks. Buccal fat reduction surgery, or buccal fat extraction, removes some of the fat for a more slender facial appearance.

How Does Buccal Fat Extraction Change Your Appearance?

One of the main reasons people get buccal fat extraction is to reduce the appearance of chubby cheeks. For many people, diet and exercise simply aren’t enough to get rid of this issue. Buccal fat pad removal surgery removes some of the fat to streamline your appearance.

Another way buccal fat reduction can change your appearance is to make you appear more mature. Buccal fat tends to reduce as we age, so we tend to associate it with childhood. As a result, people with larger fat pads can have a “baby face.” This is especially popular among men.

Benefits of Buccal Fat Reduction

1. No Visible Scars

Buccal lipectomy results in no visible scars. The excision is made from the inside of the cheek, so there is no outward scarring.

2. Permanent Results

Once you remove buccal fat, it’s gone. Even if you gain weight, the results are permanent. However, it’s still important to get close to goal weight before the procedure so that the surgeon can remove the right amount of buccal fat for your aesthetics.

3. Fast Procedure With Minimal Downtime

Buccal fat reduction is a quick procedure with a short recovery period.

The surgery can be done with local anesthesia and only takes about 30 minutes. You can resume activities right away. There is no rehabilitation period or equipment.

What Makes A Good Candidate

Although it can have a dramatic effect on your appearance, this cheek fat surgery isn’t the right solution for everyone. Always consult with your plastic surgeon to determine what the best approach is for you and your body before committing to a procedure.

In the meantime, however, here are a few factors that can determine whether you are a good candidate:

  • Your face is not too thin or narrow: This can result in a gaunt appearance with age
  • You are physically healthy
  • Stable weight — within 20lb of goal weight
  • Non-smoker
  • You have realistic expectations

Non-Surgical Alternatives

If buccal fat reduction is not the best fit for you, or if you want to avoid surgery, there are non-surgical alternatives. These solutions don’t actually remove the fat, but they address the visible issues that the buccal fat causes.

Dermal Fillers

Using dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can provide an alternative approach to buccal fat reduction. Although the fillers won’t remove the fat it can lift sagging skin and increase contouring. Unlike the surgery, this is a temporary solution that lasts about 6 to 12 months.

Facial Muscle Relaxers

Facial muscle relaxers are another injectable alternative to buccal fat removal. It uses relaxers like Botox to improve your aesthetics. This approach is best suited for treating fullness caused by overdeveloped jaw muscles.

Get Buccal Fat Reduction Surgery In Toronto

Dr. Richard Rival is a trusted, experienced facial plastic surgeon operating in Toronto and the GTA. He has a strong understanding of the anatomy and aesthetics of the face that he leverages to give his patients ideal cosmetic results.

Book your consultation for buccal lipectomy today!

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