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
"Accurate and understanding with revision rhinoplasty. - Dr. Kridel was very helpful with providing me with all the information and care I needed. I am happy with the difference he made. He was always very understanding."- A. / Doctor.com / Jun 24, 2021
"amazing results - I was so nervous to have anything done to my face. I didn't want to look plastic or like I'd changed anything but I was incredibly self conscious about my chin. I walked in and Dr Kridel knew exactly what I was looking for and what I needed to have done. My results are stunning. No visible scars, I look exactly like myself. I don't look like I've had work done at all. But, a few people have asked if I've lost weight or changed my skin care routine. I look thinner, younger and refreshed.It looks like I was born with this chin and it looks exactly like me - just the best version of myself. I am beyond pleased and would never trust my face to anyone else."- K.C. / Doctor.com / Jun 24, 2021
"Overall was EXTREMELY pleased with Dr Kridel & his staff - A friend recommended Dr. Kridel as she had had a face lift with him as the surgeon. The staff are very knowledgeable & made sure I understood exactly what was going to happen. Dr. Kridel's bedside manners are the best of any doctor I have seen. Post surgery the doctor and his staff were extremely attentive, answering any questions I may have."- L.B. / Doctor.com / Jun 21, 2021
"Dr. Kridel performed a repair of a septal perforation which had been caused by a previous rhinoplasty procedure. I was experiencing many medical problems with my sinuses and it came to the point that I had to do something. He made sure I could be as comfortable as possible throughout the whole journey. Also, they are diligent in followup appointments to be certain the everything is healing as it should be."- S.C. / Healthgrades / May 06, 2021
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- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $5,000