No More Chubby Cheeks: Buccal Fat Removal, The Good & The Bad

We are going to let you in on a little secret: all those celebrities and Instagrammers with insanely high cheekbones and a perfectly sculpted jawline? That’s not just good makeup! It’s plastic surgery! Most of them have had a simple, in-patient surgery called Buccal Fat Removal. 

And as the leading plastic surgeon group in Mexico, we can tell you all about Buccal Fat Removal: what we like about it, which patients are not candidates, what to expect afterward and the most frequent (and dangerous) mistake a lot of patients make when getting this procedure. 


Buccal Fat Removal is a simple in-office cosmetic facial procedure where the surgeon removes the pads of fat located in your cheeks. You won’t need to visit the OR or spend any nights recovering at the hospital. As with any surgery, there is a recovery period, and for buccal fat removal, this is a fast and simple process. 

Are you curious to learn more about Buccal Fat Removal? Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty! 


What VIDA surgeons love about Buccal Fat Removal 


Fat Removal! This one might sound obvious, right? It is actually the most important benefit obtained from this surgery because of the attractive results you can obtain.  Removing the fat pads from the mid-cheek section can effectively change the contour of a patient’s face in a way it would not be possible by losing weight or applying makeup. The majority of patients interested in this facial surgery likely have had chubby cheeks since they were children, regardless of their weight. Most people with chubby or even chipmunk-like cheeks cannot get rid of buccal fat by losing weight or exercising. This is especially true for patients who are at a healthy weight but their face does not reflect that. 


Redefining and contouring the face. By simply googling buccal fat removal + celebrity, you’ll know what we are talking about! By removing (or reducing) your buccal fat pads, your whole face will look more contoured and slimmer. 

This is perhaps why Buccal Fat Removal is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries right now. It is a simple procedure, with no visible incisions or scars, and the results are incredibly flattering! 

By removing the excess fat in your cheeks, 

  • Your face will look instantly slimmer. 
  • Your cheekbones (and the rest of your face) will look more elevated.
  • Your jawline will look sharper.
  • Your lips will look more prominent on your face.


Buccal Fat Removal Surgery is fairly simple. This is a surgery that is performed at the doctor’s office, under local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, the surgeon makes a small intraoral incision, inside of your mouth, through which he will remove the fat pad. This can remove all or some of your fat pad, depending on your ideal look. 


When Buccal Fat Removal Is NOT For You

Even when considering all the AMAZING aspects of Buccal Fat Removal, there are some things to consider about this surgery. 


Loose skin, laxity, and loss of volume. We get this concern a lot: by removing the buccal fat pads, will my skin “hang” and become lax all of the sudden? Will I look older after buccal fat removal surgery? 

There are two important things to consider in order to avoid this: 

It is very important that the patient is at a healthy weight. This way the surgeon can evaluate with certainty that the excess or unwanted fat in the cheeks is a genetic trait. 

The second, and perhaps most important thing is going to a plastic surgeon with experience in FACIAL COSMETIC SURGERY. Only an expert can evaluate the tone and elasticity of your skin, as well as the underlying structures of your face in order to determine if you are a candidate for Buccal Fat Removal Surgery or not. 


Experts in Buccal Fat Removal: Plastic Surgeons 

The most frequent and dangerous mistake patients can make when considering Buccal Fat Removal is going to a dentist. Dentists often perform the surgery and charge a cheaper price, which is what attracts a lot of people. Nevertheless, dentists do not have the 9+ years of study plus years of experience in cosmetic facial surgery that plastic and reconstructive surgeons have. As such, they might overlook signs that indicate that a buccal fat removal could cause skin laxity, or that the overall symmetry of your face will not look aesthetically pleasing after the procedure. 

At VIDA we pride ourselves in providing affordable pricing to cosmetic surgeries and board-certified plastic surgeons, who can perform this procedure and guarantee that you obtain the look you want. 


Call VIDA Wellness and Beauty, the clinic with the top plastic surgeons in all of Mexico 

Interested in Buccal Fat Removal surgery? Call our office today at +1(619) 738-2144, to schedule a free virtual consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Our experienced surgeons can solve all your doubts and help you decide if this cosmetic surgery is right for you.