Cleveland Buccal Fat Pad Removal | Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgeons

When to consider buccal fat removal

While a gently rounded face is generally considered youthful, it’s easy to feel self-conscious about chubby cheeks. The buccal fat pad is located in the mid cheek and gives volume to the cheeks. When buccal fat pad is overly developed, it can result in an unwanted round appearance.

When performed by Cleveland facial plastic surgeon Dr. Diana Ponsky, Fat pad extraction, or buccal fat removal, thins the lower cheeks and creates a leaner facial silhouette. Removing the buccal fat can give the patient a slimmer and more defined or chiseled appearance and accentuates the cheekbones and jawline.

How It Helps

Buccal fat removal will slim the face and reveal the cheekbone angles women strive to achieve through makeup contouring and other surface approaches. As such, buccal fat pad extraction surgery is typically not recommended for people with thin, narrow faces as removal of the fat may cause the face to look more drawn with age. Buccal fat pad removal gives a subtle but powerful change in appearance where the patient looks thinner with more defined facial features.

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What to expect before buccal fat removal surgery

Dr. Ponsky will evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors, examine your face, and take photographs. During your consultation, plan to discuss your surgical goals, prescriptions and over the counter medications, and previous surgeries. With all this in mind, we will discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment as well as likely outcomes, as well as risks or potential complications of buccal fat removal surgery.


What to expect before buccal fat removal surgery

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure, which may include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Removing the buccal fat pad is a simple procedure and the incision inside the cheek prevents visible scars. Incisions are made on the insides of the mouth, on the inner portion of each cheek, and is closed with absorbable sutures.


What to expect after buccal fat removal surgery

If your fat pad extraction is performed with general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, someone should drive you to and from surgery and stay with you for at least the first night following surgery. Dissolvable sutures are placed in the mouth and the patient remains on a soft diet for about 5 days. Swelling, bruising, and pain are generally minimal and recovery is very brief, quickly revealing a slimmer, contoured face.

What Our Patients Say

  • The office was nice. Receptionist was very polite. Dr. Ponsky was great. The experience was comfortable and she explained everything to me before doing anything. She made sure I understood. Thank you Dr. Ponsky!

    - YM( Cleveland Facial Plastic Surgery )
  • I have always been apprehensive of ANY cosmetic procedures. Not any more! Dr Ponsky and her entire staff are friendly, professional and reassuring. Dr Ponsky is gentle, thorough, professional, talented, knows medicine and her craft. I can’t recommend this entire practice more. It is a gift that we have her in Cleveland.

    - SA( Cosmetic Surgery, Cleveland )
  • I can’t be happier with the results of my Rhinoplasty on both aspects functionally and aesthetically, Dr. Ponsky did such a great job, before, during, and after surgery, she is on top of everything and follow her patients very carefully after surgery to ensure complete healing and great results. Thank you Dr. Ponsky and her staff from the bottom of my heart🙏🙏

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    - A( Rhinoplasty, Cleveland )
  • I have nothing but positive to say about Dr. Ponsky and her entire staff! The first time I came in for a appointment I felt a welcoming and warm energy from the entire group . Dr. Ponsky’s assistant Jaime is fabulous and I love how she can answer all my questions if I don’t understand all!!
    Thank you everyone !!!

    - DB( )
  • Dr Ponsky’s staff are full of energy and very friendly. They are extremely personable, and worked to ensure that I felt comfortable and had everything I needed (down to a blanket during the procedure). Dr Ponsky is thorough, sweet, and gentle in her explanations. She made sure to explain the answers to each of my questions and I never felt rushed/forced to make a decision. I love the fact that we could do the entire procedure under local anesthesia.

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    - EE( Blepharoplasty, Cleveland )