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Buccal Fat Removal

Cheek Reduction

The goal of buccal fat removal surgery is to thin the cheeks, specifically in the area of the cheek hollows.

Buccal fat removal risks and safety

The decision to have buccal fat removal surgery is extremely personal. You'll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of buccal fat removal surgery are acceptable.

Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedures you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

The possible risks of buccal fat removal surgery include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Hematoma
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Fluid accumulation (seroma)
  • Numbness or other changes in sensation
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Injury to branches of the facial nerve, resulting in temporary or permanent facial muscle weakness
  • Injury to a salivary duct
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Asymmetry
  • Suboptimal aesthetic result and/or minimal changes
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Persistent pain

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.



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