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Everything You Need to Know About Buccal Fat Pad Removal

January 12, 2023 | Buccal Fat Pad Removal

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Buccal fat pad removal is a cosmetic procedure designed to create a more contoured, slimmer facial appearance.

The buccal fat pad is a small mass of fatty tissue located in your cheeks, and it can be the source of a chubby or round face shape. The goal of this procedure is to reduce the fullness in your midface area, creating a slimmer and more angular appearance. 

Woman after buccal fat pad removal surgery.

If you are considering buccal fat pad removal, there are several things you should know before deciding if it’s right for you. Let’s take a closer look at this procedure. 


Buccal fat pad removal (also known as buccal lipectomy) is a minimally invasive procedure that removes excess fat from the cheeks and jawline.

It is an outpatient procedure typically done under local anesthesia, so patients remain awake during the operation but don’t feel any pain. It can also be done with sedation or general anesthesia.

A small incision is made inside the mouth near each cheek area to access the buccal fat pads and remove them.

The result is a more chiseled, angular face with improved facial definition and contour. This procedure can be done on its own or in combination with other procedures, such as liposuction or facelift surgery, for more comprehensive results. 


Buccal fat pad removal is most commonly used to treat patients who have overly full cheeks due to excess fat deposits in the buccal region of their face. It can also be beneficial for those who want to reduce puffiness in their lower eyelid area or decrease jowling around the jawline.

In general, it’s best suited for people who naturally have round faces without much definition or contour due to excessive fullness in their cheeks or jawline areas. 


The primary benefit of buccal fat pad removal is that it helps create a more defined, angular facial shape with improved facial contours and symmetry. Additionally, it can provide an overall “lifted” look by eliminating jowls along the jawline.

The results of this procedure are permanent, so patients don’t have to worry about having to repeat it again down the line. 


Buccal fat pad removal can help create a slimmer, more sculpted facial appearance while providing long-lasting results without significant downtime or recovery time required afterward. It’s important that patients understand what they should expect from this procedure beforehand, so they know if it’s right for them or not before making any decisions about undergoing treatment.

If you think you may be a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal, speak with Dr. Agullo today!

So, Why Wait? 

Schedule a consultation with us today and see how buccal fat pad removal can help you achieve the beautiful facial contour you’ve always wanted! If you have questions or want to learn more about how it can help you, please call Southwest Plastic Surgery at (915) 590-7900 or fill out our contact form online.