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 recently got a breast augmentation and it was the best decision I ever made. Dr. Furnas and her team are amazing - they listened to every concern and question I had and made me feel extremely comfortable with the whole procedure. I was truly impressed by how smoothly the entire process played out - from pre-op to recovery, they made it so easy and pain-free for me and I couldn't be happier with the results. I highly recommend PSA to anyone considering any kind of procedure - their work speaks for itself!"- J.C. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
"I had eyelid surgery to fix my droopy eyelids, and couldn’t be happier with the results! Having surgery is always scary; however, Dr. Furnas and her staff thoughtfully answered all of my questions and put my mind at ease throughout the entire process. Every staff member is available to answer any questions/concerns and genuinely care about their patient's outcome. Before the surgery, my eyelids were very uneven with my left eye looking much smaller than my right eye. Thanks to Dr. Furnas’ attention to detail, my eyes are now symmetrical and much more open. My recovery was straightforward with very little downtime, and I had virtually no pain and minimal bruising. Dr. Furnas is kind, easy to talk to, and her expertise is amazing. I am incredibly pleased with my results and truly grateful to Dr. Furnas and her staff."- A.K. / Google / Sep 24, 2019
"I can’t say enough about the positive experience I had at Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa. The staff was warm and friendly and made me feel comfortable from the start. Dr. Canales is so kind and calming, he answered all of my questions and made sure I was fully prepared before my surgery. He is a true artist and master of his work. My results are exactly what I was looking for and match to a T the photo I showed him. Dr. Canales is a gift to the industry and I am so happy and feel blessed I was able to work with him. He is personable, honest and easy going. I fully trust in him and his team. I was so nervous going into the experience and from start to finish it was so much easier and more smooth than I could have dreamed. I am so happy and thankful for my results and my only wish is that I had done it sooner. Thank you, Dr. Canales and Team!"- L.D. / Google / Sep 18, 2019
"Everyone at PSA is absolutely amazing. The girls and Dr. Canales are just wonderful. I recently took my Mother (Spanish-speaking only) for her consultation. Speaking on my mom's behalf and myself, everyone treated us with the upmost respect and made us feel very comfortable. The front girls were super helpful in providing information to us in both languages. All our major concerns and questions were answered very diligently - lots of care!"- T.C. / Yelp / Sep 06, 2019
"I can’t say enough about Dr. Canales and his fabulous staff! From my consultation visit (with the amazing Keri!) to my post op appointment, I have been blown away by the care I received. They allowed me to feel safe and confident in having surgery. I had complete trust in Dr.Canales and his team. As an RN I’ve met countless surgeons, but Dr. Canales stands out amongst them. He is personable, kind and a master at his craft. My breast augmentation results have far exceeded my expectations. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! You all are amazing!"- H.E. / Google / Aug 31, 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.