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Cheek Fat Pad Removal - Buccal Lipectomy
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When we are born we all have large fat pads in our cheeks that create the round, chubby 'baby faces' that look so adorable in photographs. As we grow up, these chubby faces usually transform into the more sculpted appearance of the adult face with cheekbone highlights and a distinct jawline. However, this is not the case for everyone and in some people the round, chubby cheeks of childhood do not dissipate and instead remain into adulthood. In fact, due to heredity, some people may never lose the childhood 'chubby' look in their cheeks which can make them appear 'overweight' and less attractive in adulthood. The buccal fat pads are located in the lower portion of the face and when they are large they can give a person the appearance of 'chipmunk' cheeks. During buccal fat pad extraction, these oversized buccal fat pads are removed in order to give the patient a more elegant, sculpted facial appearance with improved contour of the lower face and enhancement of the cheek hollow. The overall look is one of a patient that appears to have lost weight as well as a more chiseled face with higher appearing cheek bones. The change afterwards is a subtle thinning of the cheeks and not a drastic or unnatural change in appearance. Most people will simply ask if you have 'lost weight.' The procedure itself is non-invasive, scar-less and quick to heal in experienced hands.