Dr. Adam Najem’s buccal fat pad removal can create a more contoured facial structure, reducing plumpness on the cheeks for a streamlined look.
The buccal (taken from the Latin word for ‘cheek’) fat pads are fatty deposits in the cheeks, though they extend to the temples and back of the upper jaw. This serves a key natural purpose in infants, aiding the nursing process. In adults, the buccal fat pad assists movement of the jaw muscles.
However, in later life the buccal fat pad can lead to disproportionately round cheeks, leaving patients feeling self-conscious about their appearance. Buccal fat pad removal involves taking fat from the cheek region for a more sculpted face.
Buccal fat pad removal begins with an incision (measuring around two or four centimetres) in the mouth, towards the rear of the buccal area. ( the incision done through the mouth ( no scar on the outside of the cheeks)
Both of these grant access to the buccal fat pad, which is pushed through this opening. This is removed carefully, before tissue is cut from the pad according to the look desired.
Certain steps can help to prepare your body for the procedure:
The buccal fat pad removal procedure usually takes approximately 60 minutes. Times may vary as each case is different, but Dr. Najem will provide an accurate length during consultation.
The buccal fat pad removal may be performed alongside other facial rejuvenation treatments (such as facelift or eyelid surgery, vaser liposuction ..etc ), and the entire process may take longer as a result.
The recovery period for buccal fat pad removal is usually brief. There may be some discomfort, but this can be managed with pain medication for the duration of your recuperation.
You will need to eat soft foods for the initial three or five days, and rinse your mouth out afterwards. Patients can typically return to work after a week of rest, but all strenuous activities or sports must be avoided for around two months.
During your recovery, you have to avoid eating foods with sharp edges or acidic ingredients (such as citrus fruits). These can aggravate the incisions and cause more discomfort.
Overall, the recovery period for buccal fat pad removal typically makes little impact on your lifestyle or responsibilities.
As with any form of surgery, buccal fat pad removal does lead to side effects. These include (but are not limited to):
Undergoing buccal fat pad removal poses a number of potential risks:
There may be other potential risks involved. Dr. Adam Najem will discuss the possible problems that may occur during or after your buccal fat pad removal, and ensure you have all the information you need beforehand.
Buccal fat pad removal is typically performed under local anaesthetic, injected inside the mouth.
It’s vital that you discuss any allergic reactions to anaesthesia you may have had, no matter how minor they might appear to you. If you feel particularly uncomfortable about being awake during your buccal fat pad removal, you should raise your concerns with Dr. Najem too.
Dr. Adam Najem has experience in undertaking an extensive portfolio of procedures and works to the very highest standards.
Dr. Najem offers a free consultation to assess your facial shape and structure, identify your personal goals, and determinate your suitability for the procedure. This is your opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have.
Dr. Najem is passionate about putting your mind at ease and helping you to make an informed choice.
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