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For consultations or treatment visits booked online, a consultation or deposit fee of $150 will be charged at the time of scheduling.

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Buccal Fat Removal in Philadelphia

Conveniently located to serve Philadelphia, Wayne, and the entire Main Line.

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Introduction to Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal fat removal is an increasingly popular facial contouring surgery that slims and adds more definition to the face. Dr. Tina Ho is a regional facial contouring specialist who frequently performs buccal fat removal in Philadelphia.

Behind the Scenes of Buccal Fat Removal

The Steps behind Buccal Fat Removal

Watch this behind the scenes video to see Dr. Tina Ho in action performing buccal fat removal. First, incisions are made inside the cheeks to gain access to the fat pads. Once each fat pad is exposed, it is gently teased out, and a walnut-sized amount of fat is removed from each cheek. This amount of fat equates to 5-6 milliliters of volume! Incisions are then closed using dissolvable sutures. Schedule your facial contouring consultation today!

5 Fast Facts: Buccal Fat Removal Edition
Buccal fat removal is an increasingly popular facial contouring surgery that slims and adds more definition to the face. Dr. Tina Ho is a regional facial contouring specialist who frequently performs buccal fat removal in Philadelphia.

In today’s edition of 5 Fast Facts, learn about the popular buccal fat removal surgery!
1.) Buccal fat removal results in a more contoured cheekbone appearance.
2.) The average amount of fat removed during this surgery is the size of a walnut, and equates to about 5-6 mL.
3.) This surgery leaves no external scars.
4.) Incisions are closed using dissolvable sutures.
5.) This surgery can boost confidence and self-esteem!

What is Buccal Lipectomy?

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Buccal lipectomy, or buccal fat removal, is a surgical procedure that removes excess focal fat pads from the buccal space, which is located below the cheek bones. The removal of buccal fat results in more sculpted facial features where the face appears slimmer with more accentuated cheek bones.

Patients with round, full cheeks who are seeking enhanced facial definition may be appropriate candidates for buccal fat removal. Dr. Ho is a facial contouring expert and often performs buccal fat removal in conjunction with other procedures to help patients achieve their treatment goals.

How Buccal Fat is Removed?

The buccal fat removal procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, usually under local anesthesia, and involves making small incisions inside the mouth through which the buccal fat pads are removed.

Dr. Ho begins by making a small incision on the inside of the cheek to expose the buccal fat pad. The fat is then carefully removed, sculpting the cheeks to provide a more contoured facial appearance. The incisions are then closed with sutures, which typically dissolve on their own within a few weeks.

The buccal fat removal surgery itself usually takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete, depending on the extent of the fat removal required.

What is Dr. Ho’s approach to Buccal Fat Removal?

As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Ho specializes exclusively in cosmetic procedures of the face. With facial contouring reigning as one of her most requested signature procedures, Dr. Tina Ho attracts patients from beyond Philadelphia and Wayne and from all across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. During consultation, Dr. Ho performs a thorough evaluation on every patient to establish the best treatment plan as well as realistic expectations with treatment.

Buccal fat removal is only indicated in a specific group of patients, and Dr. Ho carefully selects those who would most benefit from this surgery. Dr. Tina Ho routinely performs this surgery in the office setting under local anesthesia and ensures that each patient has a comfortable experience with surgery. She often performs concurrent submental liposuction, chin augmentation, and facial fat transfer or filler injections to optimize her surgical results.

What should patients expect after Buccal Fat Removal?

Each buccal lipectomy procedure is unique and tailored to the individual patient. Therefore, the types of incisions utilized as well as extent of swelling, bruising, and tenderness that occur after surgery will vary by patient. The incisions are usually placed inside the mouth with the wounds eventually closed with dissolvable sutures. Every patient is instructed to perform oral rinses for wound care and to follow a soft diet the first week following surgery. Every buccal fat removal patient will follow-up with Dr. Ho one week after surgery for follow-up evaluation.

Bruising and swelling associated with surgery can be managed well with icing and head elevation with the majority resolving by two weeks out from surgery. Post-operative pain is typically controlled well with prescribed pain medication. Improvement in the appearance of the face is typically observed at two to three months out from surgery. Dr. Ho seeks regular follow-up with her patients to make that each patient heals smoothly and is satisfied with their surgical results.

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Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that helps create a more sculpted, contoured face. The right image illustrates the location of the buccal space where buccal fat is removed from, as indicated by the asterisk (*).

Post-Operative Instructions for Buccal Fat Removal

These post-operative care instructions are essential for all buccal fat removal procedures to achieve optimal results. Activities such as walking should be resumed promptly to prevent blood clots and aid recovery, with guidelines for minimal physical exertion, bending, and household activities for two weeks. Head and neck exercises and swimming should be avoided for four weeks, and CPAP use should only resume when cleared by the surgeon.

Maintaining a 30-degree head elevation during the first week helps reduce swelling. Applying cool compresses for the first 48 hours after surgery is advised to alleviate swelling, bruising, and discomfort.

Diet-wise, resuming drinking and eating is crucial, starting with a soft diet and avoiding the use of straws. Mouthwash should be avoided in the first week. Bathing can be resumed the day following surgery.

Incision care involves rinsing your mouth with saltwater three times daily after meals and bedtime, with gentle teeth brushing starting the day after surgery. Medications, including antibiotics and pain relief, should be taken as prescribed. Tylenol is recommended for mild pain, while NSAIDs should be avoided for two weeks. Constipation is a potential side effect, so stool softeners can be added to your regimen.

Instructions also cover driving restrictions, work, social activities, and recommendations for out-of-town patients. Follow-up appointments are essential, with the first occurring 7-10 days after surgery.

After surgery, swelling and bruising in the face and neck are common, with uneven swelling occasionally occurring. Bruising can be managed with cool compresses and concealer makeup. Pain is typically well-controlled with Tylenol or the prescribed medication. Fever above 100 degrees should be reported. Weakness is normal initially but improves with time.

Tightness, heaviness, and restricted smile sensations in the face should improve over two weeks. Numbness in some areas is normal and subsides over time. Scars will initially appear deep pink but fade and become less noticeable over the course of a year.

Accidental injuries to the face or neck are usually not concerning unless severe. Symptoms such as increased discomfort, signs of infection, nausea, vomiting, drainage, open areas along wound sites, difficulty breathing, or chest pain should prompt immediate contact with Dr. Ho’s office for further evaluation and guidance.

Buccal Fat Removal Testimonial 

I went to Dr. Ho for buccal fat removal. I went to see many doctors. Dr. Tina Ho was extraordinary from the start — and Dr. Ho’s staff is equally amazing, knowledgeable, professional, kind, empathetic and genuine. They don’t just flash smiles and say things like a robot. I know because I went to see a few other surgeons (one had a 1 year waiting list) so I have a real basis of comparison.

I asked a lot of questions. Dr. Ho was very fair and honest with the recommendations.

Dr. Ho went over the what buccal fat is, where it is positioned (one side of my face has higher position than the other), explained the procedure, went over the risks, go over exactly how much will be removed. Dr. Ho go over some of the uncertainties of the procedures, that some aspects of plastic surgery is not exact science and the pros and cons of being conservative vs. aggressive. I asked how the loss of fat will change the structure of the face overall and how it will age out over the years (typically) — I have done my own research too. Buccal fat removal is a bit hyped up, and everyone is going for that “snatched look” — but I wanted something more subtle. I just want that little “bump” on my cheek gone – and if it slims down my jawline, that is a bonus. Admittedly, I was scared that it would give me that razor-sharp sunken cheek (think Angelina Jolie), and I told Dr. Ho that while Jolie is gorgeous, that is not my preferred aesthetics 🙂 Dr. Ho totally gets it. The procedure was done in a great facility, it was well organized, I felt safe and comfortable the entire time. Dr. Ho pointed out that there will be a slight difference in location and amount taken from left vs right cheeks. It was done under local anesthesia, Dr. Ho maintained communication the entire time and gave me update on the process. (I personally like that, I know what is going on, I know some people prefer to not know). Post Op, Dr. Ho send text messages personally and checked on me, and not just the first day. I don’t think I have ever experienced that personal care and attention with anyone else.

Results was fantastic — it was EXACTLY what I wanted out of it. Not sure if it even makes sense, but I feel that my face is more symmetrical now. In any case, I am very happy. I know who I will go to for future procedures.


– Verified Client 


Buccal Fat Removal Before and after videos

Buccal Fat Removal & Submental Liposuction: Before and After

25 year-old female who underwent buccal fat removal and submental liposuction for facial contouring and jawline contouring

Buccal Fat Removal & Facial Contouring: Before and After

This lovely female patient was bothered by her round, chubby cheeks and fullness under her chin. We pursued buccal fat removal and chin liposuction with added Botox injection to the masseters for added facial contouring effect. We are so thrilled with her results. Her photos illustrate her surgical outcome at six months out from surgery.

Facial Contouring Surgery: Before and After

This wonderful female patient in his 20s came to me for surgical consultation, bothered by chubby cheeks and lack of facial definition. We pursued buccal fat reduction surgery and are thrilled with her beautiful, natural results.

LM Buccal Fat Removal Testimonial

LM Buccal Fat Removal Testimonial

Learn more during a consultation

Dr. Thuy-Van Tina Ho will be available to discuss buccal fat removal in Philadelphia and the variety of other procedures we perform during a consultation. Set up an appointment for your consultation – contact our office today.


Your Buccal Fat Removal in Philadelphia will be performed by Dr. Tina Ho in her surgery center in Philadelphia.


What type of patient is the ideal candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?
The ideal candidate for buccal fat removal is a healthy non-smoker patient who has no remarkable medical or surgical history, does not take blood-thinning medications, and possesses appropriate fullness in the buccal area that is amenable to slimming. They may be bothered by their “chipmunk cheek” appearance or rounded facial features. Patient with thin, narrow faces, on the other hand, should avoid this surgery as it may age their face more with the subtraction of volume.
What are other surgical and non-surgical procedures that are routinely performed with Buccal Fat Removal?
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It is not unusual for other facial contouring procedures to be performed at the same time and/or in stepwise fashion with buccal fat removal, depending on the patient’s anatomy and surgical goals. They include but are not limited to the following: dermal fillers, neurotoxin injection to masseters, facial fat transfer, submental liposuction, chin augmentation, facelift, and neck lift.

Dr. Ho is experienced in a wide range of facial rejuvenation procedures and will discuss with buccal lipectomy candidate whether they may benefit from additional procedures to optimize their facial contouring outcome.

How much does Buccal Fat Removal cost in Philadelphia?

When determining the price of a buccal fat removal procedure, many aspects of the surgery are taken into account. The amount of fat removed can impact buccal lipectomy cost, as can the overall procedure time and the exact techniques employed. The average cost for Dr. Ho to remove buccal fat is $5,000-$6,000, including facility fees. Financing options are available.

Keep in mind that the buccal fat removal cost can be significantly reduced if combined with other procedures done together; procedures such as chin/neck liposuction, facelift, or facial fat transfer.