Round, chubby cheeks can be cute in childhood and even into adulthood, but some people don’t wish to carry their baby face into adulthood. If you have full cheeks and would like a more sculpted and defined face, the buccal fat pad removal procedure can help you achieve the look you’re after. Patient selection for this procedure is important, as removing these pads can give the patient a hollow appearance if they already have thin cheeks.
Buccal fat pads are located in the lower portion of the face, and typically descend (or slide) into the jowl as we get older, hence the name sliding buccal fat pad. If they are oversized or slide down into the jowl, they can create a “chipmunk cheek” effect. Surgery that removes the buccal fat pads will improve the cheek contour and contribute to a thinner face with accentuated cheekbones and zero visible scars, since it is accomplished through a small incision inside the cheek.