Buccal fat pad excision aims to remove excess fat from the cheeks in patients with round, chubby cheeks, or those simply seeking a more defined appearance. The buccal pads are areas of fat in the lower cheeks that may appear because of a genetic disposition or simply from being overweight, and can cause unwanted “chipmunk cheeks” in certain patients.
During the buccal fat pad excision procedure, an incision is made in the mouth and the fat pad is carefully excised out of its normal location with a forceps or surgical tweezers. Once a sufficient amount of fat has been removed, depending on each patient’s individual case, the incisions are closed. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and takes about one hour.