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Buccal Fat Removal

At Wave Plastic Surgery

Buccal Fat Removal in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco

Some people feel like their cheeks are too big and make their face look round.  This is often the result of large buccal fat pads in the cheeks.  Reshaping the cheek by removing buccal fat can help a person achieve their goal look. 

Our board-certified plastic surgeons in Los Angeles offer both Buccal Fat Removal to  reduce cheek size and help our patients achieve the sculpted, angular look that they want.

How Does Buccal Fat Removal Work?

The layer of fat around the cheek area is called buccal fat.  This feature can be hereditary or can develop over time, causing a rounded, chubby or ‘chipmunk’ appearance.

Reducing buccal fat through a cheek reduction surgery will give the face a more contoured, shapely aesthetic.  Wave’s expert Plastic Surgeons can help you achieve a more balanced, refined look.

Many patients desire a slimmer, more refined shape to their lower face. Men prefer a more chiseled, masculine jawline, while women want a more delicate, angular lower face. This can often be achieved through buccal fat excision. The goal of buccal fact excision is to reduce the fullness in the cheeks. Although younger individuals often have more roundness in cheek hollows and it is seen as a sign of youth, some patients feel that this makes their face appear too full.

The buccal fat is a naturally occurring pocket of fat in the submalar area. The fat in this area has a very distinct appearance, and its function is unknown. There are no known deficits from its removal. The amount of buccal fat varies with each individual patient. The procedure may be performed alone, or in conjunction with facelift


The reduction of buccal fat pad is usually performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. The typical approach for removing the buccal fat pad is through a minimal incision along the bite line, near the second molars. The underlying tissues are then dissected to expose the main body of the buccal fat. Once visualized, the fat in gently teased out while gentle pressure is applied externally. The fat is then cauterized at the base and removed the incisions are sutured. Typically the procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete, after which the patient is then discharged home.


Patients typically have minor discomfort as the intraoral incisions heal for a few days. Swelling can typically last for a couple of weeks. Self absorbing sutures are used The final results can take up to 3 months to manifest.

Our Buccal Fat Removal Specialist

Plastic Surgeon Peter Lee

Peter Lee

M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Peter is CEO and Chief Surgeon of WAVE Plastic Surgery Center with over 20 years of plastic surgery experience, overlooking 30K+ successful plastic surgery cases. He has mentored master surgeons around the world in state-of-the-art techniques, and has been inducted into the RealSelf 100 & 500 Hall of Fame.

His many accolades and shining results are evidence of Peter’s expertise.

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