With age, our baby faces disappear, our cheeks thin down and our faces become the slimmer adult version signified by high cheekbones and a sharper jawline. In some instances that “fat pad” that gives that baby face known as buccal fat doesn’t dissipate and continues into adulthood. This is likely due to a genetic disposition for the face to appear “chubby-cheeked” and more round. Removing this fat pad is a safe procedure that combines art and surgery to achieve a sculpted and elegant look.
Due to heredity, some people may never lose the childhood “chubby” look in their cheeks which can make them appear overweight and less attractive in adulthood. Buccal fat pad removal is the best way to achieve highlighted cheekbones and a distinct jawline.
The buccal fat pads are an often-overlooked portion of the facial aging process. The buccal fat pads are located in the lower portion of the face and when they are large they can give a person the appearance of “chubby” or “chipmunk” cheeks. As we get older, the buccal fat pad descends into the jowl, giving the face a rounder and older look. These are removed through a small incision inside the mouth. Recovery is typically quick with minimal bruising. The overall look is one of a patient that appears to have lost weight as well as a more chiseled face with higher appearing cheekbones. The change afterward is a subtle, beautiful thinning of the cheeks and not a drastic or unnatural change in appearance. Most people will simply ask if you have lost weight.