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Buccal Fat Removal

Voorhees & Sewell, NJ.

Excessive buccal fat may cause unwanted fullness in your face. Dr. Kam’s buccal fat removal surgery elegantly addresses this in Voorhees, NJ. Through her expertise, she contours your face for a refined appearance. Trust Dr. Kam for a slimmer, more defined facial aesthetic.

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Dr. Kam is an experienced facial plastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery to help patients achieve a slimmer, more chiseled look.
Buccal fat removal enhances facial features by enhancing cheekbones and jawline

Buccal Fat Pad Removal Benefits

Prominent buccal fat pads create puffy, round cheeks. Buccal fat pad removal provides natural-looking, thinner cheeks with relatively quick results and no scars.

Patients can gain these benefits from buccal pad removal:

  • Reduce the appearance of chubby cheeks or chipmunk cheeks
  • Define the cheekbones and emphasize the jawline
  • Create a more sculpted facial structure
  • Transforming a “baby face” into a more mature look

Dr. Kam specializes in customized buccal pad removal results. Patients can ask about increasing buccal pad removal benefits by combining it with another surgical procedure, such as rhinoplasty (nose job), facelift, brow lift, or liposuction.

Beauty is a personal decision. Some individuals see full cheeks as youthful, but some feel self-conscious about round cheeks. While there’s nothing wrong with having plump cheeks, a simple procedure to remove or reduce the buccal fat pads can slim round cheeks and improve facial contours.

Understanding Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal pad removal, also known as buccal lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of naturally full cheeks, often referred to as “chipmunk cheeks.” This effective procedure creates a slimmer, more defined facial aesthetic with prominent cheek hollows for men and women. The buccal fat pad rests below the cheekbone, between the temple and jawline.

The size of the buccal pad doesn’t change with weight loss or gain, but weight gain can push it forward. Age and weight loss can also cause the buccal pad to drop, creating a heavier-looking lower face.

Dr. Kam performs buccal fat removal (lipectomy) at Kam Facial Plastic Surgery in Voorhees, NJ. She may suggest buccal fat surgery alone or along with liposuction, a facelift, a chin implant, or another procedure to provide the best results.

What’s the Difference: Buccal Pad Removal and Facial Liposuction

Liposuction removes unwanted fat in the neck, below the chin, and along the jawline. Buccal fat removal is needed to reduce naturally chubby “chipmunk cheeks” that remain regardless of weight loss.

Combining liposuction and buccal fat removal can reduce excess fat around the face for a more contoured, sculpted profile.


Buccal fat pad removal is a surgery designed to reduce chipmunk cheeks and achieve a slimmer facial contour.
The surgery is a safe way to improve your facial shape

Buccal Fat Removal Consultation in Voorhees, NJ

During the consultation, she will review the patient’s medical history and listen carefully to the patient’s concerns and goals to determine if buccal pad removal is the appropriate procedure and create an individualized treatment plan.

As an experienced surgeon, Dr. Kam carefully explains the minor procedure, the risks, and the benefits and describes the anticipated cheek reduction surgery. She may recommend other complimentary surgeries and treatments along with the buccal pad removal, such as Botox, liposuction, dermal filler, or an implant, to achieve the patient’s cosmetic goals.

Suitable Candidates for Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Good candidates for buccal fat removal surgery are those who have realistic expectations and a clear understanding of the risks. The best results are typically seen in individuals who have full cheeks due to naturally present buccal fat pads that do not change with diet or exercise. Ideal candidates should:

  • Be non-smokers
  • Be over 18
  • Have a healthy weight
  • Have no active oral infections
  • Good overall health
  • Desire for subtle facial contouring
At Kam Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kam provides detailed consultations and preparation to ensure the best possible outcome for buccal fat removal surgery.
Follow all Dr. Kam’s instructions for a youthful appearance

Buccal Fat Removal Preparation

Dr. Kam will provide patients with pre- and post-operative instructions during the buccal pad removal consultation in Voorhees, NJ. Patients should discuss all their doubts with the facial plastic surgeon and follow the instructions for the best results.

  • Follow the specific guidance on anti-inflammatory pain medicines, aspirin, prescription blood thinners, and herbal supplements.
  • Avoid supplements like fish oil, ginger, and ginseng that may increase bleeding risk.
  • Have a friend or family member drive you to and from the procedure.
  • Wear comfortable, easily removable clothing, such as a buttoned or zippered shirt, on the day of surgery.
  • Plan to take a few days off work for recovery.
  • Stock up on necessary food and aftercare supplies before the surgery.

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Buccal Fat Removal Procedure in Voorhees, NJ

Each surgery is customized to match the patient’s goals, and Dr. Kam will explain the unique details of the buccal pad removal during the consultation. The procedure can be done in the office under local anesthesia, with or without twilight sedation. But, the procedure can also be done under general anesthesia, particularly if the buccal fat removal will be performed along with another procedure, such as a facelift.

The patient-to-patient procedure is relatively simple and is typically completed in under 1 hour. Dr. Kam creates an incision, approximately 1 inch long, on the inside of the cheek. She removes all or part of the fatty tissue using a fine-tip surgical tool between the cheekbone and the muscle used for chewing. She closes the incision with dissolvable sutures.

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Recovering From Cheek Fat Removal

Some patients can resume their normal activities immediately after the minor procedure. However, many patients opt to take 1 to 2 days off work after the minor cheek reduction operation. Contact Dr. Kam or the Kam Facial Plastic Surgery staff with questions or concerns.

Dr. Kam provides detailed instructions to ensure a healthy healing process after the cosmetic surgery
Keep in mind the aftercare instructions for optimal results post-buccal fat removal

Minor bruising and swelling are expected on the inside of the mouth due to the internal incision. The doctor typically prescribes medicine and mouthwash to promote healing and prevent infection. Patients must follow a soft diet, avoid drinking coffee and alcohol, as well as eat crunchy foods for the first few days after surgery. To reduce swelling and discomfort, they can apply ice packs to their cheek in the area of operation.

Patients should avoid strenuous activities to reduce the chance of injury to the area. They should sleep on their backs with their heads elevated to minimize swelling and avoid injury while asleep.

The healing process of the soft tissue inside the mouth is about 7 to 10 days. Swelling in the cheeks gradually subsides over several weeks, and final results will display thinner, contoured cheeks in 4 to 6 weeks.

Potential Risks of Buccal Lipectomy

The surgery is generally safe, but like any other procedure, it has its risks. Bleeding and infection are the most common risks of buccal lipectomy. Other potential risks include:

• Damage to adjacent facial nerves or muscles

• Permanent numbness in the cheek area

• Asymmetry of the cheeks

Dr. Kam is a highly skilled plastic surgeon who can accurately perform buccal fat pad removal surgery with minimal risks and complications, ensuring the facial appearance you’ve always wanted.

Buccal Fat Removal SURGERY Cost

Buccal pad removal in Voorhees, NJ, is designed to match the patient’s goals, and the price varies depending on the cheek reduction details. Dr. Kam will explain the procedure, the expected results, and the cost during the consultation. Medical insurance does not cover buccal fat removal because it is an elective cosmetic procedure. Kam Facial Plastic Surgery accepts payment through Care Credit.

Common Buccal Fat Removal Questions

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