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Buccal Fat Pad Removal Michigan

Buccal fat pad removal Michigan surgery is a procedure that aims to enhance facial contours by reducing cheek volume. Buccal fat removal surgery creates a small incision inside the mouth near the second upper molar, and a portion of the buccal fat pad will be carefully removed through this incision. The amount of fat removed is precisely tailored to each patient’s facial structure and aesthetic goals, ensuring a more defined facial appearance without compromising natural balance. At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, the buccal fat reduction surgery typically leaves no visible scars since incisions are inside the mouth, and offers a relatively quick recovery period. Our buccal fat removal procedure is perfect for individuals seeking to diminish the appearance of “chubby cheeks,” enhance the definition of their facial muscles, and achieve a slimmer, more contoured facial profile with lasting results.

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What is Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

Buccal fat pad removal, also known as cheek reduction surgery or buccal lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to reduce buccal fats or the volume of the cheeks to create a more contoured facial appearance.

The buccal fat pads are distinct fat tissue located in the middle of the cheek, beneath the cheekbones. Their size can vary significantly from person to person, and in some cases, large buccal fat pads can contribute to a “baby-faced” appearance 
or give the face a rounder, less defined look.

This plastic surgery procedure is ideal for individuals seeking buccal fat removal to reduce the volume in their lower cheeks, aiming to achieve a more defined facial structure. By precisely targeting the buccal fat pads, the surgery enhances the cheekbones. It creates a more aesthetically pleasing facial contour, making it a perfect choice for those looking to refine their facial features and achieve a slimmer facial profile.

Buccal Fat Pad Removal Procedure

Before your buccal fat pad removal procedure, the process begins with a pre-surgery consultation with our facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Gregory Lakin, to evaluate if you’re an ideal candidate, which includes discussing your aesthetic goals, examining your facial structure, and reviewing your medical history. It’s essential to have an open conversation about your expectations, where our board-certified plastic surgeon will clarify what the surgery can and cannot achieve to ensure you have a realistic perspective on the outcomes.

You’ll also receive comprehensive preparation instructions covering dietary restrictions like guidelines on eating and drinking before surgery, medication adjustments advising on managing or avoiding certain medications and supplements to mitigate surgery or recovery risks, and details on what to bring on the day of surgery, such as identification, medical records, and a list of medications, ensuring you’re fully prepared for the procedure ahead.

Our buccal fat pad removal procedure at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation.

The process begins with a small incision on the inside of the cheek, usually near the second upper molar. Through this incision, our board-certified plastic surgeon gently teases out the buccal fat pad, carefully extracting the right amount of fat to achieve the desired contour without compromising facial harmony.

The amount of fat removed is meticulously calculated to enhance the facial structure while ensuring a natural and balanced appearance. Once the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures.

The entire buccal fat removal procedure usually takes about one hour to complete, and since the incisions for the procedure are made inside the mouth, it leaves no visible scars on the face.

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Suitable Candidates for Buccal Fat Removal

If you’re considering buccal fat pad removal, here’s what makes you an ideal candidate:
If you feel that your cheeks are overly round or “chubby,” obscuring the definition of your face, this procedure might be right for you.
If you aim for more pronounced cheekbones and a contoured facial structure, seek to move away from a fuller facial profile.
You might feel that the fullness in your cheeks makes you look heavier or younger than you actually are, and you’re looking for a more mature, refined look.
If your facial fullness hasn’t changed despite a healthy lifestyle, it’s likely structural. Buccal fat pad removal targets this specific issue.

Benefits of Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Let’s dive into the incredible benefits this procedure has to offer:
Enhanced Facial Contours
Imagine having more defined cheekbones and a sculpted jawline. That’s precisely what buccal fat pad removal can do for you. By removing the excess fat pads from your cheeks, you’ll see a significant enhancement in your facial contours, giving you that aesthetically pleasing structure you’ve been dreaming of.
Minimal Scarring
Are you concerned about scars? With incisions made inside the mouth, there’s no need to worry. This technique ensures there are no visible scars on your face, allowing you to enjoy the aesthetic improvements without any obvious signs of surgery.
Quick Recovery
Unlike many other cosmetic surgeries, the recovery from buccal fat pad removal is relatively quick and straightforward. Most of our patients return to their daily routines within a few days, making it an ideal choice for those looking for significant aesthetic enhancement without extended downtime.
Improved Facial Balance
If you’ve felt that your face seems overly round or full, this procedure could be a game-changer. It works wonders in creating a more oval or heart-shaped facial silhouette, often associated with attractiveness and desirability.
Permanent Results
One of the most exciting aspects of removing buccal fat is the permanency of the results. The fat cells we remove won’t come back, offering you a lifetime to enjoy your refined facial profile.
Boost in Self-Confidence
It’s incredible how much our self-esteem can soar when we’re happy with our appearance. Many of our patients have shared stories of newfound confidence and comfort in their skin, positively influencing their lives.
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Buccal Fat Removal Recovery

After your buccal fat pad excision, initially expect some swelling and discomfort. For the first 24 to 48 hours, use ice packs to ease the swelling. 
A liquid diet will be particularly beneficial during the initial days, followed 
by soft foods for the rest of the first week, to keep the pressure off your cheeks and facilitate a smoother recovery.

By the second week, things should start looking up, and you’ll likely feel ready to ease back into your daily life, though some swelling may stick around. Give it a month, and you’ll start seeing the new you, but the full effect will unfold over a few months.

For any discomfort, stick to your surgeon’s advice on meds and keep your mouth clean gently. Remember, take it easy with physical activities for a bit. And don’t skip your follow-up visits—they’re critical to a smooth recovery.

Recovery takes patience, but following these simple steps will help you get through it and enjoy your refreshed look.

Cost of Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Typically, the Buccal Fat Pad Removal cost varies between $2,000 and $5,000. This comprehensive fee includes not just the expertise of our skilled surgeon but also covers anesthesia, the use of our state-of-the-art facilities, and all necessary post-operative care to guarantee a smooth recovery.

We understand that each patient’s needs and goals are unique, which means the complexity of your specific procedure, the techniques we use, and any additional treatments you might choose can influence the final cost.

Schedule a buccal fat removal consultation with our team of board-certified plastic surgeons to receive a detailed breakdown of the costs associated with your procedure. During this consultation, we’ll discuss all available options, ensuring you’re fully informed and comfortable with your decision. Our priority is to achieve the beautiful, natural-looking results you desire and ensure your experience is as stress-free and positive as possible.

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Why Choose Illuum Cosmetic Surgery for Your Cheek Reduction Surgery

At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, our board-certified plastic surgeons are renowned 
for their precision and expertise in enhancing natural beauty through buccal fat removal and other plastic surgery procedures like Facial fat transfer. Our facility, equipped with the latest surgical technology, is meticulously designed to prioritize your safety 
and comfort throughout the procedure. This perfect blend of skilled health professionals and an advanced medical environment sets us apart, providing 
you with an unparalleled experience and results that exceed expectations. 
Let us help you achieve the refined, natural-looking enhancements you desire 
in an environment where your care and satisfaction are our highest priorities.

Buccal fat pad removal is a transformative procedure that can provide lasting changes to one’s facial appearance, enhancing natural beauty and improving facial aesthetics. Buccal fat pad removal might be the perfect step forward if you’re intrigued by the possibility of achieving 
a more defined, balanced, and confident appearance. Feel free to contact us and schedule a consultation at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery. Let’s explore how we can help you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re looking for Dr. Lakin’s expert insight or know exactly what you’re looking for, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

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Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

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Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

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Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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