The cheeks have natural fat pads on each side called the buccal fat pad. This fat provides fullness to the face below the cheekbones. The amount of buccal fat someone may have can be due to various factors including genetics. Excess buccal fat can create a round, full face without the definition desired by some. Removing some of the cheek fullness can help shape your facial structure. If you are unhappy with your current appearance, reducing your buccal fat pads may help improve your self-esteem and self-confidence.
At Plastic Surgery Affiliates, we offer buccal fat pad reductions in Nashville for patients who want a slimmer face or to highlight their cheekbones. Our qualified surgeon, Dr. Olivia MaDan, has the skill, knowledge, and expertise to perform this safe and predictable surgical procedure. Schedule a consultation with our team today to learn more about this popular facial surgery.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Cheek Reduction Surgery?
You may be an ideal candidate for buccal fat pad removal in Nashville if you meet the following criteria:
- Excellent physical health
- No nicotine, smoking or vaping
- Healthy BMI and stable weight
- Reasonable expectations
- Round, full face without cheekbone definition
At Plastic Surgery Affiliates, we will establish your eligibility for buccal fat pad surgery by assessing the above-mentioned requirements in relation to your facial anatomy and desired outcome.
Surgical Procedure for a Bichectomy
Our practice works as a team to ensure your entire experience is comfortable and seamless from start to finish. Typically, the cheek reduction process in Nashville includes:
1. Initial Consultation
Prior to the surgical procedure, Dr. MaDan will ask you about your:
- Surgical expectations
- Past surgeries
- Cosmetic goals
- Drug allergies
- Substance, alcohol, and tobacco usage
- Current medications
- Dental health and hygiene
- Weight changes and goals
This information helps Dr. MaDan determine your recovery outlook, the ideal surgical technique, and potential risks. After a physical exam, Dr. MaDan will discuss the long-term effects and changes with age and weight loss/gain. Prior to your surgery, Dr. MaDan may advise you to avoid specific medications. Pre-operative photographs will be taken to document your before and after comparison.
2. Surgical Procedure
First, anesthesia will be provided to reduce your pain and discomfort during the surgical procedure. The procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia. General anesthesia may be more suitable if Dr. MaDan intends to perform more than one surgery.
Dr. MaDan usually recommends local anesthesia for surgical procedures that only involve the reduction of buccal fat. She will apply topical numbing and inject local anesthetic. Oral sedation will help to keep you comfortable. This type of anesthesia allows you to remain conscious during the surgical procedure.
Next, Dr. MaDan will make an incision inside your mouth at the inner part of each cheek. Afterwards, she will meticulously expose and remove buccal fat. Dr. MaDan will compare the amount of fat removed on each side, ensuring it is equal. She then uses absorbable sutures to close the incisions on the inside of your cheeks. You should avoid rubbing your tongue against the sutures until you are cleared to do so. After the operation, your final results will be temporarily distorted due to the local anesthetic and swelling.
3. Post-surgical Care
At Plastic Surgery Affiliates, we are committed to your full recovery. After the surgical procedure, Dr. MaDan will instruct you to adhere to a soft diet for a few days. She may also give you a specific mouthwash that will help curtail infection.
Our post-surgical care also includes all necessary steps to facilitate a smooth healing process. The steps include:
- Scheduling follow-up appointments to assess and monitor your healing process
- Taking topical and oral medications to expedite your healing process
- Documenting the change with after photos for comparison
After your cheek reduction surgery in Nashville, it is normal to have a swollen face. You may also experience soreness and bruising on your inner cheek areas. The symptoms typically diminish as the incisions on your cheeks heal.
You can anticipate a full recovery after several weeks. Your desired facial appearance usually marks the end of the healing process.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Buccal Fat Pad Reduction in Nashville
If you are looking for a buccal fat pad reduction in Nashville, then look no further. At Plastic Surgery Affiliates, our qualified surgeon has extensive experience and strives to make every visit comfortable by building a professional connection with her patients. In addition, our professional staff has the skills and knowledge necessary to make your pre-surgical preparations seamless.
Book an appointment with us today to discuss your cosmetic goals!