Is there any long term issues with buccal fat removal?

Somebody warned me about developing nasolabial folds and very hollow cheeks. Do I have reason to be worried?


F, 38, Michigan

Tags:woman age 35-44 nasolabial folds risks hollow cheeks long lasting

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I definitely got more pronounced nasolabial folds after I had this fat removal completed. I had always had smaller folds that never really bothered me but now that I've had so much fat removed from my cheeks I have really strong lines on my face. I'm really happy that my face is so much thinner and I don't have chipmunk cheeks anymore but I feel like I'm falling down a rabbit hole of cosmetic issues.

I definitely feel like I need to have something done now to take care of this issue because I look so odd. I wasn't intending on following up this procedure with another procedure but I guess that's kind of how things happen. You decide to have one area of your body fixed and then you end up having other problem areas. Suddenly you are deciding, “well I guess I could fix this one too.”

Anyhow, the risks are somewhat small but if you have people in your family that have nasolabial folds then you should maybe avoid this particular procedure.

I had buccal fat removal a little over year ago and was happy with the way it made my face look. However, after my procedure I noticed that my lower cheeks and face were numb. After a week, I went to my surgeon to see what was going on and found out that some of my nerves got damaged during the procedure. Unfortunately, this is permanent and it causes me a great deal of frustration due to how uncomfortable it feels. I also noticed that after gaining a few lbs. My cheeks look a little fuller and fear that if I gain too much weight, my face will look the way it did before surgery.

There are always risks associated with any surgery and plastic surgery that you may go through. From what I have learned from my surgery there is definitely an increase in developing nasolabial folds as well as more pronounced hollow cheeks as you age.

However, you're going to age regardless and you always have a chance of developing a variety of different issues around your face. If you are unhappy with the way that your cheeks look and want to see more definition then I would say give it a shot.

Go ahead and call the surgeon and see whether or not you're a good candidate for the procedure and they'll let you know whether or not you have anything that you should worry about Beyond just the common developing issues that sometimes occur with surgery. I hope that you find the answer that you're seeking and that you're happy with whatever.

There is a risk associated with literally all cosmetic procedures so it's important to know what you might encounter before you go into the surgery. Honestly, though, the chances of you developing nasolabial folds or having incredibly hollow cheeks are really low if you choose a plastic surgeon that is well versed in buccal fat removal.

Just spend some time doing research into the different plastic surgeons that are in your area and if you can't find one that has amazing reviews, I would highly encourage you to find one outside of your area. Check and see if any of your friends or family have gone to anyone around where you live. That is a really good starting point and take a look at all of their reviews. You can also schedule an interview with them before you start making a decision to see if they're the right person for you.