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 of Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, CA to learn more.
"I’m beyond happy with my experience with Dr. Canales and the staff as Plastic Surgery Associates. I inquired about a procedure (augmentation) soon after their reopening during the pandemic and got nothing short of amazing service. Right away I had Lisa reach out to me and answered everyone of my many questions. She was so helpful and I felt like she really cared and wanted to make the process as easy as possible. Due to Covid, I had a virtual consultation with Dr. Canales to get the ball rolling. It wasn’t just a get on and get off call, he wanted to know details to ensure I was going to get the desired results. Once the decision was made, the staff there (Kelsey, Lisa and Wendy) we’re providing me with all the documentation needed, reaching out to me via phone and their online Klara portal. If I ever had a question, they responded immediately without frustration. They constantly reminded me they want to provide me with the best experience. On surgery day, I felt like I was apart of the family not just a patient. Dr. Canales and my anesthesiologist and those assisting made me feel so at home and not nervous at all. Post surgery, I could not put into words how ecstatic I am with my results. I never imagined my augmentation would look and feel so natural. They are honestly perfect and it’s thanks to the team helping me decide which options would be best. Huge thank you to the team for performing a life changing procedure and treating me with such care along the way!"- R.S. / Yelp / Aug 05, 2020
"I am 48 years old and breast fed both my children for 24 months. I am also a runner and all I can say is that my breasts looked awful. I contacted Plastic Surgery Associates about a breast aug and from start to finish they were so professional and soothing to me. My breasts are incredible and to be honest..... I did not feel much pain after surgery. I have healed fast and now I am running again and feeling more fit than ever."- C.C. / Facebook / Mar 06, 2020
"I can't say enough nice things about my experience at PSA of Santa Rosa. I have wanted to have a breast reduction since my early 20's, but was nervous about having the surgery. I'm now 55 and decided I was ready to do it! I heard great things about PSA of SR and since this was my very first surgery I called for a consult. Everybody in the office was so nice and made me feel comfortable at every visit. I was very nervous the day of surgery, but the staff and Dr. Furnas were wonderful. The surgery went well and my recovery has been awesome! I thought for sure I would have to take pain pills after surgery but I never had to take a single one! And I am very happy with my breast reduction/lift results! I would highly recommend Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa."- T.K. / Google / Mar 03, 2020
"I had a full tummy tuck done with Dr Conales, if I could give more stars, I would. He and the entire team was so nice and kind from beginning to end. I'm almost 3 months post op and my results are incredible. Thank you guys so much!"- J.S. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2020
"Breast augmentation was something I'd always dreamed of but it also seemed so daunting! I barely had the guts to call Dr. Furnas's office. I was completely blown away at how open and caring they were, even on that first call, and especially the first visit. It was important that I felt safe, listened to, respected, and the whole team just went above and beyond it all. It was neat to find out Dr. Furnas is also an artist! If she had the eye to be an amazing artist then she would see every detail needed to do well with symmetry and surgery. It was also especially important that my plastic surgeon be a woman. Being unconscious for a surgery is scary, and it was a privilege to have an all female team. Surgery was January 2020 and the results are already beyond my very best expectations, I finally feel confident and free in my body. I can wear the tops I always wanted, no more crazy uncomfortable padded push up bras! Who knew silicone could make you feel MORE authentic?"- A.L. / Yelp / Feb 28, 2020
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 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, we invite you to call our office in Santa Rosa, CA to schedule a private consultation.