Can Facelift Surgery Remove Buccal Fat?

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Have you ever thought that your cheeks look fuller than most and don’t seem to slim down even with weight loss? If so, you may have excess buccal fat. The buccal fat pads sit below the cheekbones and are naturally more prominent in some people, giving them the appearance of overly full or chubby cheeks. Patients with enlarged buccal fat pads who are considering facelift surgery may be surprised to learn that buccal fat can often be removed during the procedure, further adding to their enhanced new look. At Lee Ann M. Klausner M.D., PLLC in Manhattan, NY, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Ann M. Klausner performs an extensive range of facial rejuvenation procedures to help patients achieve an enhanced look they can feel confident about. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at how buccal fat can be removed during a facelift to slim, reshape, and refresh the face all at once.

Why is my face so wide?

If your face looks particularly wide or square, or you have prominent lower cheeks that don’t seem to fit with the rest of your look, your buccal fat pads may be to blame. With buccal fat removal, patients can dramatically alter the shape of their faces for a more pleasing look.

What is buccal fat removal?

Overly prominent buccal fat pads, which are located just below the cheekbones, can add unwanted fullness to the face and make patients look bulkier or heavier than they actually are. Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing or reducing the buccal fat pads to slim the facial contour.

How is buccal fat removal performed during a facelift?

When performed as an isolated procedure, buccal fat removal is typically carried out through an oral incision between the cheek and gums. During a facelift, however, buccal fat can often be removed without the need for an incision in the mouth. Instead, Dr. Klausner may directly remove or reduce the buccal fat pads through the facelift incision itself. This approach may vary based on the type of facelift being performed, the patient’s specific concerns, and other factors.

What kind of facelift do I need?

During your initial consultation for a facelift on the Upper East Side, Dr. Klausner will thoroughly evaluate your facial features and skin elasticity, discuss your concerns and goals, and explain all of your facial rejuvenation options at length, including:

  • Facelift
  • Mini facelift
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Brow lift
  • Chin or cheek augmentation
  • Submental liposuction

For patients near the Upper Eastside, Yorkville, Lennox Hill, or Carnegie Hill with classic signs of facial aging, such as loose skin, wrinkles, and drooping jowls, a facelift may be the most appropriate option. If desired, additional facial enhancement procedures can be added to the facelift, including buccal fat removal, brow lift, chin augmentation, and others, to achieve a more complete and natural-looking transformation.

Get the slimmer, more youthful look you’ve been dreaming of with facelift surgery in Manhattan, NY

If you are dually frustrated by chubby cheeks and progressive signs of aging, you may benefit from a combined facelift with buccal fat removal. Take the first step toward loving your look by calling Lee Ann M. Klausner M.D., PLLC to schedule your one-on-one consultation with top NYC double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Lee Ann M. Klausner today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.