It’s not uncommon for the amount of cheek fat to vary widely among individuals. Some individuals may have problems with the appearance of their cheeks despite a balanced diet and regular exercise. The appearance of fat and unusually round cheeks is often attributed to heredity or the result of being overweight or obese. For individuals who want to reduce the size or fullness of their cheeks, buccal fat excision or cheek reduction surgery can help remedy their issue.* Often, these individuals are described as someone with chipmunk or chubby cheeks, or they may be told they have a baby face.
Unusually large cheeks can lead to a deceptively heavy appearance. Fortunately, this can be remedied with cheek reduction surgery or buccal excision.* This procedure works by removing excess fat pads in the cheeks. The best candidates are men and women who are more than 25 years old, have healthy tissues and muscles underneath the face, and genetically predisposed to full, round cheeks.
The unique characteristics of your face and your realistic goals will influence the specific surgery that you need to undergo. If you prefer buccal excision, Dr. Mosser will make tiny incisions inside the mouth. This reliable and safe technique helps reduce the amount of fat within the cheeks.* These incisions are across your molars via the buccinator muscle and are roughly half an inch in length. Dr. Mosser presses on the outside of a cheek and uses forceps to pull out the fat pads. The amount of fat pads removed vary from one person to another, some are equivalent to the size of a golf ball while others are smaller.* The procedure itself takes around an hour.
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.