Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal Fat Removal in Austin, TX

Though rounded facial contours are a hallmark of youth, many people are self-conscious about having chubby-looking cheeks. Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic procedure that creates a more defined contour for the cheekbones.

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Yula Indeyeva offers surgical contouring of the fat pads to slim the cheeks for a more defined appearance. You may want to explore this popular surgery if you have facial fullness that is disproportional to the rest of your body, and you have tried unsuccessfully to change your appearance through diet and exercise.

Dr. Yula Indeyeva is a highly trained and exceptionally skilled facial plastic surgeon in Austin, TX, who is dedicated to providing the most natural, beautiful results to her patients. As a renowned face specialist, Dr. Indeyeva harbors a deep understanding of the intricate anatomy of the face and neck and how they are affected by the aging process. She has devoted her entire training, experience, and practice exclusively to the neck and face areas, rendering her a true expert in the field of facial surgery. As she was once a surgical rhinoplasty patient herself, Dr. Indeyeva personally recognizes the need for compassion, honesty, and nurturing care when working on something as precious as the human face.

If you would like to learn more about the incredible benefits that a Extended Deep Plane Facelift in Austin, TX, can provide for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Facial Plastic Surgery of Austin today! We also invite you to read our FAQs.

Why Choose Dr. Indeyeva for your Buccal Fat Removal ?

An exclusive facial expert, Dr. Indeyeva has devoted her entire training, experience, and practice solely to the face and neck. Far exceeding the traditional “cookie-cutter” approach to facial aesthetics, Dr. Indeyeva’s innate skills and rigorous training have made her an authority amongst facial plastic surgeons. She believes in providing beautiful, natural-looking cosmetic results without the need to dramatically alter your appearance or impart an “overdone” look. 

Dr. Indeyeva completed rigorous training, lasting over a decade, in order to become a specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. She is a highly regarded speaker and teacher, frequently invited to lecture at various nationwide aesthetic conferences and traveling nationwide to train other aesthetic providers in various rejuvenation techniques.  Dr. Indeyeva genuinely cherishes the deep and lasting connections that she establishes with her patients and realizes that one of the greatest honors is to be entrusted with one’s face. Dr. Indeyeva is happy to offer the highest quality surgical care for facial surgery in Austin and the surrounding areas.

“I strongly believe in the mind-body connection, and I’m convinced that when people feel their best and most confident, they radiate their purest, highest, most positive energy into the world. Through my skill set, I will empower people to feel their best and achieve their highest potential.”​ -Dr. Yula Indeyeva

How Does Buccal Fat Removal Work?

Buccal fat is a continuation of a deep fat pad on both sides of the face, located between the facial muscles. Dr. Indeyeva will use her skills as a fellowship-trained surgeon to separate this fat from other facial structures, making this surgery an ideal choice for anyone who is dissatisfied with fullness in their lower face. The procedure can also transform a square or boxy appearance to a more desirable “V” shape.

To begin, Dr. Indeyeva will administer local anesthesia to numb the area. She’ll then create small incisions inside your mouth and carefully remove a portion of the buccal fat pads, as determined by your custom surgical plan and unique facial anatomy. After extracting the fat, Dr. Indeyeva carefully closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures.

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Proven Benefits of Cheek Reduction

Buccal fat removal is a tailored surgery designed to create more balance and definition for people with excess cheek fat. After this procedure, your cheekbones will appear more prominent and sculpted. If you have a “baby face,” Dr. Indeyeva can help you achieve a more sophisticated, age-appropriate look without noticeable scarring.

Cheek reduction also pairs well with other facial surgeries, such as rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, and lip lift, making it ideal for people with multiple cosmetic concerns who are seeking a comprehensive rejuvenation.

Am I a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Many healthy, non-smoking adults with excess buccal fat qualify for cheek reduction surgery. You can determine your candidacy by meeting with Dr. Indeyeva, who will evaluate you, listen to your concerns, ask you questions about your health history, and ensure you have realistic expectations.

Younger patients who are considering cheek reduction surgery should consider that the face tends to thin out on its own during the mid to late 20s. This procedure produces permanent results, so age-related volume loss can give you a hollow or gaunt appearance. If you are considering having buccal fat removal before age 25 or so, you should consider your heredity, reviewing family photos to determine if full or chubby cheeks are genetic.

What to Expect During and After Buccal Fat Removal

Since this surgery is an outpatient procedure, you can return home the same day. Recovery time varies, but typically involves a few days of discomfort. It’s essential to follow all provided post-operative instructions to ensure proper healing and to achieve your desired results.

The recovery period after a buccal fat reduction is generally shorter than most cosmetic surgeries, with minimal impact on your daily life. You may have minor swelling, bruising, and soreness that you can easily manage with prescription or over-the-counter medications. However, these side effects should not hinder your usual daily activities.

As Dr. Indeyeva performs the entire surgery from the inside your mouth, it will not result in visible scarring. As you heal, please refrain from touching your sutures with your tongue. We recommend eating a liquid or soft diet and sleeping on your back with your head elevated for at least the first several days.

Once you and Dr. Indeyeva have discussed your options in detail and have formulated your surgical plan, you will meet with our patient care coordinator. She will help with scheduling and answering any administrative questions you may have.

Schedule A Consultation

Dr. Yula Indeyeva, a highly trained and board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is a specialist in surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation methods for the face, head, and neck. With her mastery of everything from dermal fillers to Extended Deep Plane Facelift, Dr. Indeyeva loves guiding her patients along their journey towards a more confident, empowered, and beautiful self.

Schedule Your Buccal Fat Consultation Today

If you’re exploring buccal fat removal in Austin, Dr. Indeyeva is a leading facial plastic surgeon who can give you personalized answers to your questions and assess your specific anatomy to determine your candidacy. As a former rhinoplasty patient, Dr. Indeyeva understands the concerns you might have when considering changing your appearance, and she will walk you through them until you are confident. She believes it is an honor to have patients entrust her with their faces and self-confidence.

When you’re ready to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us online, and one of our friendly team members will follow up with you.

Buccal Fat Removal FAQs

The surgery usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your desired outcomes.

Use of local anesthesia minimizes discomfort during the procedure. However, you can expect some mild swelling, bruising, and pain while you heal. Dr. Indeyeva will provide specific post-operative instructions to help you manage your recovery and achieve the best results.

Once the buccal fat pads are gone, they will not grow back. Still, the natural aging process can change your appearance over time.

All surgeries involve a minor risk of complications, including infection, bleeding, asymmetry, nerve damage, and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your buccal fat removal reduces your chances of experiencing these problems and increases the likelihood of a smooth, uneventful healing process.

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