Buccal Fat Removal

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, CA


Are you wondering if the fullness of your cheeks detracts from your appearance?

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 in Santa Rosa, California to learn more.

Learn why a buccal fat removal in North California could be right for you.

Before and After Photos

Ideal Candidates

Men and women of all ages are ideal candidates for buccal fat pad removal surgery.

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.

How It Works

Surgical Technique

Buccal Fat Removal, Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa

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, Dr Culbertson 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

Here’s what to expect with buccal fat pad removal in Northern California.


Most patients do not experience any extreme discomfort with this surgery, but prescription pain medication can be provided, if necessary.

After your treatment

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.


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.


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, but generally count on $5,000-$7,000. 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.

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Slimmer Cheeks

Say goodbye to chipmunk cheeks with buccal fat pad removal at Plastic Surgery Associates of 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, schedule a consultation at our office in Santa Rosa, California.