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Please note online appointments can only be booked for our Wayne office at this time. Please call 267.627.6463 to schedule appointments with Dr. Ho in Center City (Philadelphia).

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.

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This beautiful patient was interested in facial contouring treatment options to address her chubby cheeks and overall round facial features. We pursued Botox injections to the masseters that narrowed the lower third of the face by the angles of the jawline and then buccal fat removal that slimmed her lower cheeks. Her facial contour is now enhanced with accentuated upper cheeks, slimmer lower cheeks, and a more balanced profile with more lip show. We are thrilled with her results!

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.

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 (*).


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?
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 $3,000, not including possible facility fees. Keep in mind that the buccal fat removal procedure cost can be significantly reduced if combined with other procedures done together; procedures such as chin/neck liposuction, facelift, or facial fat transfer.

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.


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