Slim your lower face and enjoy more sculpted and slimmed cheeks with buccal fat pad removal.

This quick and easy procedure is performed in our office under local anesthesia to reduce the appearance of chubby chipmunk cheeks. This procedure involves a 1cm incision inside your mouth on each cheek to eliminate the fat pad that causes chubby and full appearing cheeks. This procedure is often performed in conjunction with a facelift.

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Benefits Of A Buccal Fat Pad Removal

  • Subtle Slimming Of Lower Face: This procedure will address the excess fat pads that create a subtle slimming of the lower face
  • More Slim And Sculpted Cheeks: After removing the fat pad, you will have more slim and sculpted cheeks. So say goodbye to those chipmunk cheeks.
  • Reduces Chubby Cheeks: This procedure is perfect for patients who desire a reduction of their “chubby” cheeks. First, the fat pad is removed, which initially causes the look of chubby cheeks that are caused by genetics or weight gain.
  • Increases Confidence: All procedures we perform at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery should increase your confidence. In addition, removing your buccal fat pads changes your appearance subtly without changing your entire face.

Surgical Approaches

1cm Incision

This approach will be used when not in conjunction with a facelift. A small 1-centimeter incision will be made inside the mouth on each cheek.


Sometimes, this procedure can be combined with a facelift to maximize your results. If is it performed with a facelift, an external approach can be made to remove the buccal fat pads.

Consultation Process

You will discuss your procedure goals and options during your consultation with one of our four surgeons. After that, your surgeon will recommend a procedure plan that aligns with your goals and fits your specific case needs. Click here if you are ready to schedule your consultation.

What is Buccal Fat Pad Removal Recovery like?

Immediately after:

Swelling of the cheeks, minimal pain that is well controlled with multi-modal oral pain medications. When done through an intra-oral approach, we require a soft diet for 3 days and medicated mouthwash for 3 days.

One week:

For the first week, swelling is mild to moderate. If done through an intra-oral approach, the internal incision is healed.

One to two months:

At one month, the swelling is mild to fully resolved, the contour has improved. You are photo-ready by 4-6 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will my face look with aging or weight loss?

If you are a candidate for buccal fat pad removal you should not appear to hollow if you lose weight from exercise or natural aging since those areas of fat are separate from the location of your buccal fat pad. Typically those areas of volume loss are on the outer portions of the face.

What is the downtime?

It is a procedure performed in our office with no real downtime. You can return to work as usual.

Trust Our Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons for Your Buccal Fat Removal

If you’d like to discuss your buccal fat removal options with one of St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery’s board-certified plastic surgeons, request a consultation using the online form, or call us at (636) 530-6161 to schedule an appointment.

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