What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal for men is an extraction of the excess fat pads (buccal fat pad) in the cheeks. This surgery is perfect for men in NYC who find themselves to have chubby cheeks and round faces. The excess fat can be due to stubborn baby fat, weight gain, genetics, or aging. The removal of the buccal fat pad will thin the cheeks in the hallowed areas of the face. The goal of this procedure is to reshape the facial contour and enhance facial contouring for a leaner, more desirable appearance.

How is Buccal Fat Removal Performed?

The surgery is performed under the cheekbones inside the mouth. The procedure begins with the patients given local anesthesia. Then, with one minor incision, NYC board-certified surgeon Dr. Steinbrech will gently remove the fat. After the pad is removed, Once it is removed, it will be closed up to heal with dissolvable stitches. The whole procedure itself takes only about 30 to 60 minutes. However, if a patient chooses to add another facial procedure, it will take longer.

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Buccal Fat Removal Benefits

Buccal Fat Removal improves:

  • Cheek definition
  • Facial contour
  • Facial structure and appearance
  • Self-confidence and self-esteem

Many patients in NYC choose Buccal Fat Removal because of the placement of the procedure, and it’s dissolvable stitches. Since the procedure is performed inside the mouth, there is no visible scarring to the outside cheeks.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Buccal Fat Removal?

Typically, men with already thin and narrow face structures are not recommended for this surgery. In this case, it can cause the face to look more emaciated while aging. This procedure is best for men who have stubborn baby fat and chubby cheeks (also known as chipmunk cheeks). During the consultation before the surgery, Dr. Steinbrech will determine the right amount of buccal fat to be removed for the best results.

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The best age to undergo buccal fat removal varies based on the patient and his goals. It is recommended to pursue the surgery after the face has fully developed. A fully developed face helps Dr. Steinbrech determine the right amount to remove. Overall, the procedure is urged for men who want to slim the lower cheek to enhance his facial structure.

Cost of Buccal Fat Removal in NYC

Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure designed to reduce fullness in the cheeks by removing excess fat pads. In men, buccal fat removal is often sought to achieve a more chiseled or angular facial appearance. The average cost of this procedure in New York typically ranges from $4,000 to $8,000. However, prices may vary depending on the complexity of the case and the specific requirements of the patient. It’s important to work with the best surgeon for buccal fat removal, particularly one who specializes in men’s aesthetics.

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Recovery Time for Buccal Fat Removal

Following buccal fat surgery, minimal downtime is typically expected. Patients can anticipate visible results around three months after the operation, while experiencing only minor facial swelling that may persist for up to the first week. After allowing for a day of rest, patients can readily resume their normal daily routines and dietary habits. Given that the procedure is conducted within the mouth, it is recommended for patients to employ a specific mouthwash to prevent potential infections. Additionally, antibiotics are prescribed to assist in the healing process. Patients are also provided with pain medication as an option to alleviate any discomfort they may experience.

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Dr-Douglas-SteinbrechDouglas S. Steinbrech, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon that specializes in male aesthetics. Dr. Steinbrech is certified by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Learn More seals
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