Is buccal fat removal done under local anesthesia?

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Buccal fat removal is performed in about an hour so it's a relatively quick procedure. Does it need to be done under general anesthesia? I'd much prefer local anesthesia if possible.


F, 32, New York

There are several techniques for buccal fat pad removal - first is surgical excision the second is Agnes radio frequency.  We use the Agnes device at our clinic to decrease buccal fat pads, jowls  and to improve the jawline.  The procedure is done under local anesthesia and has upto 4 days of swelling or bruising.  Sometimes it takes 3 sessions.

Ken Oleszek, MD

La Fontaine Aesthetics

Denver, Colorado