Cheek Fat Pad Reduction Conveniently located to serve New Jersey and Howell

Although cheek fat and fullness are often a sign of youth, in some cases, an excess of fat can make the face appear more rounded and fuller. The buccal fat pad is located in the central, soft area of the cheek, just below the cheekbone (zygoma). When in excess, this fat pad can obscure that soft indentation of the mid cheek, giving the entire cheek a more circular appearance. This soft area is sometimes exaggerated with make-up contouring by placing a darker tone or bronzer, as it will also promote the prominence of the cheekbone above it.

Dr. Zhuravsky has helped patients redefine their facial contours by reducing the fat in the area using a technique known as cheek fat pad reduction.

What is Cheek Fat Pad Reduction

Cheek fat pad reduction, also known as buccal fat removal, is a type of plastic surgery that is designed to reduce the width of wide faces. While performing the procedure, Dr. Zhuravsky’s goal is to thin the cheeks and redefine one’s facial angles by reducing the buccal fat pads in the cheeks.

Good Candidates for Cheek Fat Pad Reduction

Good candidates for cheek fat pad reduction surgery are those who have a round, fuller face but desire slimmer, well-defined facial contours. Patients considering the procedure should be in good physical health, have a healthy weight, and have realistic expectations.

During your consultation, Dr. Zhuravsky will perform an analysis of your facial features and ask you about your medical history to determine if the procedure is right for you. If your face is too narrow or you have prior health conditions that can increase the chance of risks, you will be advised to consider other cosmetic options.

Preparing for the Procedure

If you are a good candidate for the surgery, Dr. Zhuravsky will customize a treatment plan based on your unique facial features and aesthetic goals. He will also provide you with instructions that you will have to follow to ensure optimal safety and the best end result. These instructions will require you to stop using certain medications, alcohol, and tobacco in the time leading up to the procedure.

PATIENT GOALS: Slimmer Cheeks
SURGICAL GOALS: Remove excess buccal fat to contour the cheek
ANESTHESIA / SURGICAL LOCATION OPTIONS Local (In Office) General (Surgery Center)
RECOVERY TIME Minimal, 1-2 days

What to Expect During The Procedure

Removing the buccal fat pad provides a subtle improvement in cheek contour as it helps create that soft indentation in the central cheek region. This mild change can be a significant change for select patients.

The procedure is relatively simple and can be performed with just local numbing in the office setting. A small incision is made INSIDE the mouth, just near the area we often bite our own cheeks when chewing. The fat pad is gently removed and the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures.

Recovery From Cheek Fat Pad Reduction

Some improvement can be seen immediately, but a mild-moderate swelling with occur, obscuring these results during the first week. There is a mild soreness in the area, and patients must take care not to bite the area when chewing (just as you would after biting your cheek). Some of the results are noted after the first week, but they continue to improve as a gradual mild decrease in swelling can be appreciated for several weeks.

Contact Our Office

Cheek fat pad reduction is a safe and highly effective cosmetic treatment that is capable of adding more definition to one’s facial contours. If you’re interested in learning more about the procedure with a board-certified plastic surgeon who you can trust, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zhuravsky today.