Do you regret having your buccal fat removal?

I've read a bunch of buccal fat removal reviews and I have to say, it's an intriguing subject. I have chubby cheeks and I'd like to have a rounder feminine look. I don't think that I'll regret the surgery because I've always hated the shape of my face, and I've wanted a more contoured look for years. Worst case scenario, my cheeks will be a bit more hollow than I expected, but I don't mind it that much. What do you think?


F, 32, Arizona

Tags:woman age 25-34 cheeks cheeks too fat hollow cheeks

I had the surgery to remove buccal fat done last year, and I don’t regret it one bit! I’ll tell you what I do regret – waiting so long to have the procedure done. I hated that no matter how much I worked out or how fit I got, my cheeks were always round, and I always had what looked like a double chin. My face didn’t seem to match the rest of my body. I used to spend a ton of money on makeup and facials. You name it, I tried it. Now I have the look that I’ve always wanted and I’m very confident about how super I look. I feel like it's helped me get a better job and take more interest in taking care of myself. If you're thinking about getting it done why not talk to a doctor for a consultation? I think it’ll be worth it.

I had a friend in their twenties who had a buccal fat removal done and they were really happy with the results. They always felt like they had giant chipmunk cheeks and they were constantly being carded everywhere they went. They made the decision to do it, research it really well, chose the best plastic surgeon, and then just went for it. She's never had any regrets and she rarely gets carded anymore because apparently now she looks like more of an adult.

I think that if you want a more contoured look it makes sense but I would say that you should think about what it's going to look like 20, 30, or 40 years down the road. As you age, you're going to thin down a little bit and you might then need to get some fat fillers to make your face more rounded and shapely and kind of reverse the effects of aging. I’ve also heard that it can create more wrinkles down the line so just be aware of that before you start your process. I'm sure you'll be really happy with it though because it's such an important part of your face.

I'm on the fence about how I feel about my buccal fat removal, honestly. On one hand, it definitely accomplished exactly what it said it was going to and I look much thinner in the face. But it turns out that my face doesn't look as good without the fat. I’m probably going to have to go back in and have more fat placed back on my cheeks to give me to look that I used to have.

I think that if you are considering having this procedure done that you should go to a surgeon that has the ability to show you a composite of what you would look like with a thinner face. I was so gung-ho about the process that I didn't really look at what I would look like and I wish I had. Maybe you'll have a different experience and you'll really love the effect but I wish I could reverse it.

I had buccal fat removal about 11 months ago and I regret the decision everyday. The procedure itself went smoothly and I didn't notice anything wrong during the first two weeks, due to my face being swollen from the procedure. However, once the swelling went down, I noticed my face was extremely hollow and I looked much older then I did before I went in. Turns out I wasn't an ideal candidate for this type of procedure and too much fat got taken out. I now look permanently old and it will continue to get worse as I age. Make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into.

I am ecstatic about the way that I look from my buccal fat removal. I have always had really chubby cheeks and I felt like it made it difficult for me to look more poised and feminine, honestly. I spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not this particular surgery was the right choice for me and I'm happy that I finally did it.

I have never felt more beautiful and I never feel like I look gross anymore. I'm not even a big woman but the shape of my cheeks have always made me look way rounder than I actually am. If you've been bothered by having bigger cheeks for most of your life I would strongly encourage you to have this done because I feel like you'll be thrilled with the results.

There is a promising new device for facial contouring and decreasing unwanted fatty facial areas.  The Agnes handheld radiofrequency is being used to decrease full lower cheeks or hamster cheeks, decrease jowls and improve the jawline. The Agnes is an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia.  Patients report minimal discomfort after the numbing and there is around 4 days of mild swelling and bruising.

Ken Oleszek, MD

La Fontaine Aesthetics

Denver, Colorado