For those who wish for cheekbones to enhance facial features, buccal fat removal surgery is the answer. It reduces the prominence of cheeks to enhance the contour between the cheekbone and the soft cheeks. It is usually done via the process of liposuction of the lower face and neck. The botox injection is given at the masseter muscle, hence reducing the lower face volume.
Process of Buccal Fat Removal
The buccal fat removals surgery involves providing a small incision on the inner lining of your cheeks near the upper second molar tooth. The buccal fat pad is then dissected out by applying gentle pressure to the outer cheeks. The incision is closed with self-absorbing sutures. The recovery time varies from patient to patient and the swelling is minimized in 2-3 days. In addition, the facial movements are also restricted for the time being and it is advised to avoid jerks or vigorous movement of the jaw for a certain time period.
Though safe in the procedure, removal of buccal fat has its own associated risks:
- Excessive swelling
- Injury to the facial nerve branch
- Injury to the parotid duct
Before undergoing buccal fat pad removal surgery it is important to discuss your medical history with the doctor and discuss all the present medications you are taking. If you are indulging in alcohol/smoking or any such activity, it needs to be quit so as it does not negatively affect health.