Ahmet R. Karaca, MD

Ahmet R. Karaca, MD

Buccal Fat Pad Reduction

Permanent Facial Contouring? Already popular on the East and West Coasts, and gaining popularity in Michigan, Buccal Fat Pad Reduction is a plastic surgery procedure for reducing prominent or chubby cheeks.

Losing facial fat can be one of the most challenging places for both men and women to target. Unlike other parts of the body, there aren’t any exercises that can successfully target this area. Many patients even travel out-of-state to have this treatment done since it isn’t widely offered among plastic surgery practices in Michigan. If you are one of thousands of individuals who experience fullness in the lower cheeks, sometimes called “chipmunk cheeks,” Birmingham Plastic Surgery offers expertise in Buccal Fat Pad Reduction.

The reduction of Buccal Fat Pads is performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia. The typical approach Dr. Karaca utilizes for removing the Buccal Fat Pad is through an incision in the mouth towards the back of the buccal cavity, near the second upper molar. These incisions produce an opening for access to the Buccal Fat Pads, where Dr. Karaca applies gentle pressure to the exterior of the cheek, which pushes on the Buccal Fat Pad to protrude to the interior of the mouth. Once extracted from its place, Dr. Karaca then removes the buccal fat pad to achieve the desired reduction, and the two incisions are sutured.

“Our patients love the results of a significant reduction to the fullness of their cheeks.”

The recovery period is about 3-5 days, and the final results won’t be clear for several weeks until the swelling has gone down.
To have an idea on how you would look after this procedure, stand in front of your mirror and check to see how you look when you drop your jaw with your lips closed. Compare that to your natural appearance with the jaws closed. Call today for a free-consultation on this minimally invasive, yet highly-effective and pleasing adjustment to the appearance of your face.