What Is Buccal Fat Removal Surgery?


Buccal fat removal is a facial contouring surgery that helps achieve slimmer and more youthful facial features. The surgery reduces facial fullness to obtain a more slender and chiseled face.

Some people have a naturally chubby or round baby face which is caused by stubborn facial fat that does not fade away with exercise. In such cases, buccal fat extraction is the best bet to overcome self-consciousness and get an attractive face.

This blog explains what buccal fat removal surgery in Dubai is all about to help you understand if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Buccal Fat Removal Surgery

Buccal fat removal surgery, or buccal lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that removes a little portion of fat from the buccal fat pad to give you more defined and less bulky cheeks. The buccal fat pad is naturally present in the insides of the middle portion of your cheeks – just beneath the cheekbones.

As the fat pad is present in the hollowed regions of the cheeks between the facial muscles, it provides fullness to the middle face. However, the size of the buccal fat varies from patient to patient and thus influences the way you look significantly. A large pad gives a rounded appearance, and thus removing a little chunk of it can highlight the cheekbones and facial angles.

It is worth noting that the face loses its fullness with aging, therefore, this procedure is deemed unsuitable for patients with already thin cheeks. Moreover, it is a permanent procedure that can’t be undone, hence Board Certified Plastic Surgeons usually remove a tiny strip of fat while keeping in view the long-term effects of the procedure.

What to Expect?

Patients can expect the following benefits from this face-slimming procedure.

  • Contoured facial shape
  • Highlighted cheekbones
  • Chiseled facial angles
  • No scars after the procedure
  • Long-lasting outcomes
  • Little to no downtime

Buccal Fat Removal Surgery Procedure

Buccal fat removal surgery is a quick procedure that takes around 30 minutes to one hour. It is an outpatient treatment that requires local anesthesia, thus allowing patients to return home on the same day of the surgery.


Before undergoing the procedure, you need to consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in such cosmetic procedures. The Practitioners start off by examining your facial features to assess whether this procedure is safe and meets your needs or not. They will also review your previous medical and surgical histories and advise you of any precautions that are needed before the surgery.


Buccal fat removal is a painless and straightforward procedure. Your Plastic Surgeon will first inject local anesthesia to numb the insides of your mouth. Then, they will make a small incision in the inner side of the cheek and separate the buccinator muscle to reach the buccal fat pad.

Then, they will apply pressure on the outsides of the cheek to tease and pop the fat out and remove it. A similar procedure is performed on the other side as well. The Plastic Surgeon finally closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures once the desired amount of fat is stripped from the buccal pad.

What Does Recovery Look Like?

After the surgery, you will be given a special mouthwash to keep your mouth clean in order to prevent infection. Pain and swelling that follow the surgery can be relieved with medications. Moreover, you are also advised to take a liquid diet during the recovery period. Although patients notice a desirable difference in their facial looks once the swelling subsides, full recovery takes about three weeks.

Need Help?

If you are interested in knowing more about buccal fat removal surgery in Dubai, feel free to contact the Al Shunnar patient care team. Our coordinators will readily schedule a personal consultation session for you with one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.