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Buccal Fat Removal

Although the volume that fat provides to our face plays a major role in a youthful appearance, some individuals can find that their face is round or “chubby.” This is commonly observed in patients that have prominent buccal fat pads.  Buccal fat pads are pockets of fat located deep in our cheek region. Usually they are prominent during childhood, and as we get older it progressively decreases in size. However, in certain individuals, it can remain prominent. Unlike superficial facial fat, buccal fat pads do not respond to diet or exercise. As a result, patients with prominent buccal fat pads usually complain of persistent lower face fullness, despite losing weight. The best solution for this situation is to undergo buccal fat removal, also known as a “bichectomy.” 

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