Buccal Fat Removal

Now seeing patients in Wayne and the surrounding Main Line area and Center City Philadelphia

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 Newtown.


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What is Buccal Lipectomy?

Buccal Fat Removal​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 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 Newtown 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.

Buccal Fat Removal diagram
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 (*).

“Dr. Ho is one of the most skilled providers I have worked with”

So after months of going back and fourth and doing tons of research. I finally made the decision to remove my buccal fat.

I went thru a million doctors but when I discovered @drtinaho she made me feel comfortable and I was able to express my goals. She came up with a sensible plan and customized my experience. No this isn’t an Ad. I didn’t get paid to post this. But she is AMAZING !!!!! Your face is very important so you can’t just let anyone do anything to it. I’m only one week post-op and already loving my results. “Buccal fat removal is a nice procedure for patients who feel that their face is overly round or chubby,” says Dr. Ho. “It creates a slimmer, contoured, and more sculpted lower third of the face,” she says. And I couldn’t agree more!!!

Questions for those curious …Does it hurt? No, your under local anesthesia and you feel nothing. It’s like going to the dentist.

How long is the recovery from Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

It generally takes about seven to 10 days for the tissues inside the mouth to recover following buccal fat pad removal.

Buccal fat removal is a permanent solution to reducing the size of your cheeks. Once fat is removed in any area of the body, it does not come back, and that is true for buccal fat removal surgery as well. Buccal lipectomy is the only procedure that reduces the size of your cheeks for life.

*Disclaimer* Before the comments go … Jacen you didn’t need that. Omg why Jacen !! I didn’t ask for your opinion so HUSH !!! I’m paying this incase you were pondering and wanted to see someone you follow or know getting it done. So shut up and take in the information 😊

Thanks Dr. Tina!”

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“Dr. Ho was by far the kindest, most pleasant aesthetics doctor I’ve ever seen”

Dr. Ho was by far the kindest, most pleasant aesthetics doctor I’ve ever seen. I had the buccal fat removal surgery along with xeomin and lip filler over the past few months. Scheduling was a breeze! She legitimately cares about your goals as her patient instead of what she thinks you need. Not only did she have an excellent bedside manner, but she was also patient and mindful of my comfort level throughout my procedures. I will be recommending her to my colleagues and friends for both surgical and non-surgical procedures!
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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?

Buccal Fat RemovalIt 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 Newtown 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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