by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.
March 29, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Those plump, pinchable cheeks are one of the most endearing things about a child. But as we grow up, most of us hope that we grow out of our chubby face and into the sharp jawline and distinct cheekbones of the ideal adult facial structure.
Though most people watch their face evolve into a slimmer, more adult-like form, some people never lose the buccal fat pads located in the lower portion of the face. This leaves them with a rounded adolescent face. Despite its ability to leave the person looking much younger than they actually are, most of the time it’s in a juvenile manner, which can lead to insecurities and dissatisfaction in their appearance.
Because this is hereditary, no amount of exercise or weight loss will diminish the volume of their cheeks. But there is a surgical procedure to extract the buccal fat pads. This minimally invasive procedure involves incisions made inside the mouth above the lower gumline. Each side takes about 20 minutes to perform the buccal fat extraction and is done under local anesthesia.
Results are immediate, though they may not be evident until the swelling has completely dissipated. This may take several weeks to diminish, but the healing process only takes about 3-5 days. The effect will vary from person-to-person based on their facial structure. This procedure is often paired with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as rhinoplasty, chin liposuction, chin augmentation and face lifts.
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