FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Are The Risks?
Any surgical procedure comes with some risks. The risks of infection, bleeding, fluid collection, numbness, and scarring are present during nearly every surgical procedure. Some risks associated specifically with buccal fat removal include nerve damage, lockjaw, facial paralysis, and changes in facial sensation.
These risks are rare in a good candidate and with an expert cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Sessa. At your consultation, Dr. Sessa will determine if you are at a higher risk of complications. He will also use careful techniques that minimize surgical risk.
Does Buccal Fat Removal Make You Look Older?
A common misconception about buccal fat removal is that it causes premature aging in the face. This is a valid concern because the face thins naturally as we age. Therefore, patients who already have a thin face, or who have not yet experienced full facial thinning from adulthood, are not usually good candidates for the procedure. When performed in someone who is not a candidate, it can cause accentuated cheek hollows.
In an ideal candidate, the surgery may lead to a more mature look, but this does not age them negatively. Often, patients with perpetual chubby cheeks look younger than their age and may carry a childish appearance. Buccal fat removal may positively age these patients.
Whether buccal fat removal may lead to a gaunt look in the future can be addressed at a consultation. Dr. Sessa will examine your facial structure and determine if other procedures may be necessary to achieve the best results.
Can I Do Liposuction Instead?
It is possible to perform liposuction on the cheeks, although normally not recommended for the buccal area. Liposuction also utilizes incisions outside of the body. Therefore, while technically possible, buccal fat removal is the preferred method of fat removal from the cheeks.
What Is The Right Age For Buccal Fat Removal?
Buccal fat removal is not right for every patient. Due to the natural thinning of facial fat in our teens and early twenties, it is usually preferred that patients wait until their mid-twenties for the procedure. Since aging progresses differently for everyone, Dr. Sessa can determine if you are the right age for buccal fat removal in Sarasota.
Aging is also a factor in facial fat distribution. The structures of the face tend to descend with age. For example, fat from the highest part of the cheekbones can move down to the buccal area. Therefore, some patients opt for a buccal fat removal during a facelift, or later in life to achieve a younger look.
Is There A Risk Of Scarring?
Buccal fat removal incisions are placed inside the mouth. While scarring may still occur, it will not be visible from the outside. This also means that keloids and hypertrophic scarring are nearly impossible.