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Buccal Fat Removal


  • Removes facial fat to reveal more aesthetic contours
  • Incisions are made internally to avoid scarring
  • Minimally invasive procedure with little downtime

Define and Contour a Round Face

Most people tend to grow out of the baby face or chubby cheeks they had as a child. However, for some, prominently full cheeks are genetic and can last into adulthood. A full and puffy face can mask the natural angles of the upper cheekbones and surrounding areas. Buccal fat removal counteracts this by slimming and enhancing your facial contours.

Your buccal fat removal treatment with Dr. Zuliani will be personalized, based on your unique facial structures. He will determine precisely how much fat needs to be removed to best highlight your facial angles. This procedure will improve the aesthetic contour of your face and give you the appearance of high cheekbones.

Who might benefit from Buccal Fat Removal?

If you are unhappy with excessively full cheeks, and you have a strong desire to reshape, sculpt and slim down your face, cheek reduction surgery may be right for you. Dr. Zuliani, a board certified plastic surgeon, will determine this during your personal consultation when he will review your options with you and design an individualized treatment plan.

Cheek reduction surgery helps a patient improve not only the appearance of the cheeks but brings harmony to the overall facial shape. For patients with overly full, round or chubby cheeks, removing the buccal fat pads results in a more sculpted and symmetrical facial appearance.  Among the numerous benefits that buccal fat removal surgery offers are the following: more defined cheeks, improved facial contours, rejuvenated facial shape, enhanced facial appearance, and increased self-confidence.

How is a Buccal Fat Removal performed?

Buccal fat removal at Zuliani Facial Aesthetics is a quick and effective office-based procedure that usually takes 30-60 minutes to complete. Dr. Zuliani will start by administering a local anesthesia and will then make small incisions on the inside of the cheeks and safely remove all or part of the fat pads. Dissolvable sutures are then utilized to close the incisions.

Dr. Zuliani frequently performs buccal fat removal as a standalone procedure, although it can be an excellent companion to other facial procedures, such as a facelift or nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) to enhance the overall outcome.

What can be expected after Buccal Fat Removal?

Following your buccal fat removal surgery at Zuliani Facial Aesthetics, you can anticipate mild to moderate swelling and soreness for several days—similar to a dental procedure. Any postoperative discomfort can be alleviated with oral pain medication and ice to numb the cheeks. There are no visible scars associated with this procedure since all incisions are made inside the mouth.

Typically, patients can return to their normal routine the next day, while most strenuous activities can be resumed after one week. Within about 5-7 days after surgery, the swelling will begin to subside and your cheeks will start to look normal again. The final result becomes apparent 4-6 weeks after your procedure.

Let's Discuss Your Goals

Dr. Giancarlo Zuliani is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon. His artistic eye, attention to detail, and individualized care allow him to achieve remarkable results that solve a person's concerns while preserving his or her unique identity. We would love to discuss your goals and begin working toward a more beautiful, refined, and confident you. Please give our office a call at 248.322.3362 (248.FACE.DOC) or click the button below to request a consultation with Dr. Zuliani at Zuliani Facial Aesthetics in Bloomfield Hills.