About Buccal Fat Removal
Are you unhappy with the fullness of your cheeks? Facial contouring has grown in popularity because oftentimes, a routine diet and exercise plan isn't enough to eliminated unwanted cheek fat. A minimally invasive approach to attaining a slimmer look is buccal fat pad removal, which could be an ideal option for you. The goal of buccal fat removal is to thin the face, specifically in the area of the cheek hollows or lower third of the face. This process reduces the appearance of chipmunk-looking cheeks. Seasoned plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas are excited to offer this procedure to accentuate the cheekbones and create a more sculpted appearance. Call Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA to learn more.
"I have known Dr. Furnas for many years and just had my second surgery with her. The first was an upper eyelid surgery when I was 51 and now, at age 68, I had a facelift, CO2 laser and fat injections. I was out and about one week post surgery and back at the gym after 2 weeks. The results are amazing (and subtle) and my friends are impressed....those that know that is. For such a lot of surgery, it was a non event. At week 3, other than a bit of residual redness from the laser, I am fully back in my life. Thank you Heather, you continue to amaze."- R.R. / Yelp / Feb 22, 2019
"I have known Dr. Furnas for many years and just had my second surgery with her. The first was an upper eyelid surgery when I was 51 and now, at age 68, I had a facelift, CO2 laser and fat injections. I was out and about one week post surgery and back at the gym after 2 weeks. The results are amazing (and subtle) and my friends are impressed....those that know that is.For such a lot of surgery, it was a non event. At week 3, other than a bit of residual redness from the laser, I am fully back in my life.Thank you Heather, you continue to amaze."- R.P. / Google / Feb 22, 2019
"Recently I had to go in to get a Capsular contracture. In Layman terms it means my skin easily stretches. So my perfect breast augmentation done by the amazing Dr Furnas about 3 years ago started to hang lower then my pocket. They use a mesh if needed to give my skin a little more back bone and extra sutures! They are perfect! I would say it’s like having the breasts I had as a teen....But I never had any so I wouldn’t know. LOL All I know is I’m beyond grateful. Im beyond happy with the results. And my confidence has a little more boost. My post op was quicker then the first time as well. I was up and moving the same day!!! I came in and Dr Furnas and her team gave me better results tan I could have ever imagined.?? Thank you Dr Furnas and psa, I love you."- A.H. / Google / Feb 19, 2019
"Dr. Canelis and his staff are amazing and anyone who goes to them are in the best hands! He truly cares about his patients desires and listens so he is able to give his patients the best possible results. Can’t thank him enough!"- C.R. / Google / Feb 18, 2019
"Dr Canales and his staff are absolutely outstanding! Dr Canales did a superb job at making sure all my questions and concerns were addressed on top of his amazing work !! I highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa & Allegro MedSpa"- T.M. / Facebook / Jan 25, 2019
Men and women of all ages are ideal candidates for buccal fat pad removal surgery if they have chubby or overly full-looking cheeks and desire a slimmer contour. If you are interested in undergoing this procedure, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas to see if you are a good candidate. During this visit, they will examine your profile and review all your cosmetic goals to see if this is the best option for you.
Buccal fat pad removal surgery carefully eliminates the naturally occurring section of fat tissue within the cheek's hollows. The amount of fat that is present will be different for every patient but is generally about the size of a large grape. Although this is a surgical procedure, it is relatively simple and is considered an outpatient treatment. The removal process consists of Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas making a tiny incision inside the mouth. Since the targeted fat is located inside the mouth and can be easily accessed, there are no exterior excisions associated with this procedure. Once the sutures are placed, you will be free to return home and will be provided with specific aftercare instructions.
What to Expect
Most patients do not experience any extreme discomfort with this surgery, but prescription pain medication can be provided, if necessary. Generally, over-the-counter painkillers are enough to ease any pain. You can expect to experience some swelling, but this is normal and should subside in the days that follow. Typically, a follow-up appointment is scheduled 10 – 14 days after your surgery so we can make sure you are healing properly. It's also important to follow all aftercare instructions provided by our office to aid in optimal recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
The needs and concerns of every patient are different, which is why the cost will vary from person to person. When you visit our office for a consultation, we will take our time to listen to your specific goals and help answer all of your questions. From there, we will build a treatment plan that is unique to you and discuss all the necessary costs and payment.
Does it hurt?
Many patients experience minimal to no pain during their procedure. In many cases, patients compare it to feeling like a dental exam.
When will I see results?
Typically, patients tend to notice a difference 2 – 3 days after their procedure, once the swelling has gone down. Optimal results are usually seen at 1 – 3 months after the surgery. The healing time will be different for every patient.
What about scarring?
Since the incisions for this procedure are created inside the mouth, there are no visible scars. Patients should also follow all post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing.
How long will my results last?
On average, individuals who undergo this procedure will only need one surgery to achieve their desired goals. Results are long-lasting, but Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas can discuss the longevity of buccal fat pad removal during your consultation.
Say goodbye to chipmunk cheeks with buccal fat pad removal at Plastic Surgery Associates Santa Rosa. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas are excited to offer patients a minimally invasive option for addressing their unwanted cheek fat. If you want to learn more, we invite you to call our office in Santa Rosa, CA to schedule a private consultation.