Is Buccal Fat Removal for You?

Some individuals possess naturally round or full facial features, often causing dissatisfaction among those desiring cosmetic alterations. If you have rounded cheekbones and lack facial definition, buccal fat removal could offer potential benefits. However, it’s crucial for candidates to be both physically and mentally healthy, with realistic expectations regarding the outcomes of the surgery. Those with severe chronic conditions, pregnant individuals, or those who are overweight are not suitable candidates for this procedure.


What is Buccal Fat?

Under each cheekbone on the face, there is an adipose fat pad. This is referred to medically as the buccal fat pad, and it plays a big role in defining the overall look of the face. When there is an excessive amount of buccal fat on this pad, it will provide a rounder appearance for the individual. Conversely, having a small amount of adipose tissue on this buccal pad will provide a more V-shaped facial appearance.


The Buccal Fat Removal Process: What to Expect

On the day of your surgery, you’ll undergo either general or local anesthesia to numb the face. The procedure typically takes around 45 minutes to complete. Small incisions will be made on the inside of both cheeks to access the buccal fat pad, and there are no visible external incisions for this procedure. Using forceps, your surgeon will remove unwanted adipose tissue from these fat pads until they achieve the desired shape for your new face. Once reached, the incisions will be closed up with dissolvable sutures.


Recovering After Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

When you’re considering buccal fat removal surgery, it’s important that you pay close attention to the recovery process so that you’re properly prepared. Most patients will spend up to two months adequately healing from the surgery until they get to see the full results of it. You can expect to experience some soreness and swelling at the incision sites, which can be handled with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Most patients note that the majority of the swelling lasts for around one week post-surgery. During this time, you’ll want to stay away from any normal activities, including work. Aim to eat softer foods during this first week to make chewing feel more comfortable. You can expect to have numbness at the incision sites for up to a couple of weeks after your surgery is completed.


The Importance of a Professional Consultation

In and around Chicago, Aurora, and Oakbrook, IL, buccal fat removal is a popular procedure for achieving more contoured and defined cheekbones. If you’re considering this surgery, schedule a professional consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and address any questions or concerns you may have. During the consultation, you’ll receive personalized advice and create realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery.



For those dissatisfied with the round appearance of their face, buccal fat removal can be an excellent option. By removing excess fat from the mid-cheek area, both men and women can achieve a slimmer and more sculpted facial structure. Rush Facial Plastic Surgery specializes in this procedure and offers it, along with other treatments, with minimal downtime. Our surgeons’ expertise ensures safe, efficient, and comfortable procedures for their patients.


How to Book

For questions regarding appointments and availability, you can reach out to Julia, the Cosmetic Services Coordinator, at (312) 563-7000.

*This blog is intended for educational purposes only, and does not constitute medical advice or recommendations. Please seek consultation with a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon when considering such interventions.