Buccal fat pads and their removal treatment
Buccal fat pads are a naturally occurring fatty body in the cheek. It is located on the inside of the cheek, and its task is to fill the face and give the correct contour to it.
Usually in children, these fat pads are very visible, which makes their faces round. However, with age, the volume of the buccal fat pads decreases, and thus the face becomes slender. Unfortunately, it also happens that a round face remains despite its adult age. In this case, one of the methods of slimming the face is to remove the buccal fat pads.
Buccal fat removal in Poland, is it worth it?
The procedure itself is not complicated, but it should be used only in justified cases. These include, first of all, the round shape of the face that remained after childhood. In addition, the treatment is recommended for people without visible cheekbones, the so-called hamster cheeks, or those with a chubby face.
In the case of small fat pads, their removal will not bring satisfactory results in slimming the face, so the removal procedure is recommended only for large buccal fat pads and a very rounded face.
The main contraindications for the procedure, which is the removal of buccal fat pads, are primarily the patient’s health. People suffering from diabetes, kidney or liver failure should not undergo this treatment. What’s more, pregnant women, people with a pacemaker and those who are getting a dental treatment during the same period, will not be able to undergo this procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, the removal of buccal fat pads also carries certain risks. Complications are very rare and include inflammation, hematoma, or damage to the facial nerve and salivary tract. Therefore, it is worth using the services of specialists with extensive knowledge and experience.
As the procedure of removing the fat pads is a surgical procedure, it must be preceded by an extensive interview with the patient. Before the procedure, the doctor should check the general condition of the patient and exclude any diseases that may contribute to complications. In addition, during the consultation, the doctor will take three-dimensional photos that will allow you to determine the end result you want to achieve.
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia. However, at the patient’s request, general anaesthesia is also possible. Removing the buccal fat pads is done by making a 1-to-2-centimetre incision in the cheek. The incision is made on the inside of the cheek, so that no visible scars are formed after the procedure. Through the incision, parts or all of the buccal fat pads are removed.
The incision is then sutured with dissolving surgical sutures. The procedure time is usually 40 to 60 minutes. It should be remembered that it may be natural for the cheeks to become swollen or slightly bruised after fat removal.
The result of the treatment is surprising. After the recovery period, the patient gains a slender face without much surgical intervention. The face changes its shape noticeably, but only after a recovery period.
Usually the recovery time is relatively short, from 7 to 10 days. Of course, the healing time is greatly influenced by following the doctor’s recommendations. Pain may also persist after the procedure, but generally available painkillers are enough to relieve them. Pain may persist for up to 2-3 days after the procedure. On the other hand, the resulting swelling may last a little longer.
Therefore, the full effects of the treatment will be visible after it has completely subsided. Cold compresses can be used to speed up the swelling absorption process. In addition, after removing the buccal fat pads, the patient receives a number of guidelines that should be followed in order for the wound to heal quickly. First, you should take special care of oral hygiene and eat liquid meals, especially immediately after the procedure.
If it is difficult for you to accept a chubby facial expression, it is worth deciding to remove the buccal fat pads as soon as possible. You will get a new look in no time with the help of our specialists.