Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought that your mid to lower cheek area appeared too full and gave your face the appearance of being fat or too round?
Buccal fat are pads of fat located in the lower portion of the cheeks, in the area of the cheek hollows. The amount of buccal fat varies from person to person. This fat rarely is reduced with weight loss or exercising. For some, enlarged areas of buccal fat can create the look of chubby cheeks that may be out of place with the rest of your facial features. Buccal fat removal decreases fullness in the lower cheek through removal of the fat pads from between the muscle planes in the cheeks. As a result, this highlights the upper cheek for a more sculpted or full facial appearance.
Some patients can benefit from having the buccal fat removed from one area and then injected into another area that they would like to enhance, such as the lips or upper cheek bone areas.
This procedure can be done under local anesthesia in our AAAHC in office operating room or if you prefer, under general anesthesia at the outpatient surgical center. An intraoral incision is made and the fat is then teased out from between the facial muscles and removed. Because the incision is inside of the mouth, there is no visible scarring. The surgery takes approximately 1 hour and there is very little downtime other than some swelling in the face for a few days. Most patients can return to work the next day.
"Dr.Kridel and his staff are the most amazing team out there. He performed my rhinoplasty and took care of each one of my concerns. As a senior in high school, I had no confidence when it came to my nose but after the surgery I look amazing and I’m actually more outgoing. I truly recommend him and his work. He is a very genuine person and cares for every patient. Honestly the best surgeon in Houston."- S.A. / Google / May 04, 2019
"I am completely satisfied with my results. I would recommend Dr. Kridel 100% for any facial surgery."- L.R. / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2021
"Kridel was very open to helping me get what I wanted and answering questions and checking up on me when needed."- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2021
"Dr Kridel and his team were very professional and personable. I was well informed on the process and appropriate expectations were set on expected results. I am very satisfied with my experience and the results."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 15, 2021
"very caring and interested in outcome of surgery"- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 01, 2021
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- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $5,000