The buccal fat pads sit in the lower part of each cheek and give fullness in this area. Each is part of a larger fat pad extending posteriorly into the jaw and superiorly up towards the temples. In some people, the lower cheek is quite full and rounded which can give the appearance of a chubby face with poorly defined bone structure.
Buccal fat pads can be removed surgically via an incision inside the mouth. Performed this way, there is no external scar.
It is essential to have realistic expectations as there may be only a subtle change after fat removal.
It will not address jowls and fat along the jawline, which is better addressed with liposuction.
The operation can be performed in-office under local anaesthesia, or as a day procedure in an accredited hospital under general anaesthesia.
It is normal to have swelling and discomfort after the procedure. This is usually worst in the first few days. Swelling can take longer in some. It is unusual to bruise, but if you do this will resolve within a few days. You should eat a soft diet for the first couple of days, rinsing your mouth with water or savcol mouthwash afterwards. You can brush your teeth as normal.
Most people can return to work the next day, but you may want to schedule time off for the following week if you are able.
The final result of Buccal fat pad removal will take 2-3 months to be seen.
The surgical fee is $2,000 icl GST. If you prefer to have the procedure in hospital under general anaesthesia, there will be additional fees of up to $2,500-$3,000
This surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure so Medicare and health insurance will not help to cover your costs.