Buccal Fat Removal Surgery Improved My Face
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Cheek fat removal
Hi, I’m in my early 30’s and, probably like a lot of you, have always struggled with what I consider to be chubby cheeks. No matter how much dieting and exercising I did, I never quite saw the results of my efforts translate to my cheeks. My dieting also consisted of avoiding foods that tend to (according to what’s noted online) contribute to chubbier cheeks --- like carbs, fatty meats, too much salt, and soda. Again, I didn’t get the results I was looking for even after I avoided these for a few months. And, none of the “wonder potions” or exercises that I tried did much good either.
I really didn’t want to go into the expense of full-on plastic surgery or a face lift and, quite frankly, was looking for a lower cost alternative and less downtime. I started to do some research and saw that there are a number of plastic surgeons that perform buccal fat removal or cheek reduction surgery. This procedure basically removes the excess fat that contributes to the look of chubby cheeks.
I narrowed my search down to a few board-certified plastic surgeons that listed buccal fat removal as one of their specialties. I brought my best friend along with me on a couple of consultations because I wanted her to hear the same things I did so we could get together and sort through the options over a weekend. We discussed the pros and the cons of having the procedure done, costs, recovery time, etc. and decided to go with one plastic surgeon that we both thought was the best. I won’t say how much I paid for the procedure because I know that the price is different based on where people live, but I will say that I received quotes ranging from $1,500 to $4,500.
I will admit that I was a little nervous in the days leading up to the procedure even though I had watched some actual videos of the procedure on YouTube. The procedures I watched looked a little like getting my wisdom teeth removed. My friend that went with me to the consultations drove me to the surgical center the day of the procedure. I have to say that the office staff was very nice and comforted me while I was being prepped. The plastic surgeon came in before I was brought into the procedure area to review the procedure with me one more time.
I was given some light sedation (via IV) and the doctor used a local anesthetic. Some doctors said they could do the procedure without sedation (just local anesthesia). I was only having my cheeks worked on, so general anesthesia was not warranted. Of course, I didn’t witness the procedure, but knew from our consultation, that the plastic surgeon made a couple of tiny incisions at the back of my mouth, above my upper molar; then cut through the buccinator muscle in the cheek, pressed down on the cheek, and pushed the buccal fat through the incisions.
After the procedure I waited in the post-op area for a bit while the staff checked my vitals. I was given a garment to wear around my cheeks and head (like I had a tooth removed). There was some swelling and bruising over the first few days following the procedure and I eased whatever pain there was through some over-the-counter medications. I did have some trouble sleeping the first night, but that’s because I’m not good at sleeping with my head propped on pillows. This was done to keep the swelling at a minimum. But by the next day I was fine and back to my regular sleep routine.
I had the procedure done on a Thursday afternoon and returned to work on Monday. I may have been able to go back to work on Friday, but since I had planned to take the day off anyway, I enjoyed the extra time around the house. During the first few days following the procedure, I went with a clear liquid diet, then graduated to soft foods (mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, and pudding). In about a week I was back to my normal eating habits. And, as the swelling went down, the new contours of my cheeks became more pronounced.
Other than my friend and a couple of other people I’m close to, I didn’t tell anyone about the procedure. However, people have asked me if I’ve lost weight or tried a new hairstyle. So people have noticed a change and it’s due to my slimmer cheeks from buccal fat removal. Like I said, I’m now a few weeks post-procedure and every time I look in the mirror I’m amazed at how much more contoured my face looks. Overall it was a subtle change to my appearance, but it has given me more a whole new attitude. I’m glad I had it done.