Cheek Reduction Surgery (Chubby Cheeks)

Cheek Reduction Surgery – Buccal Fat Pad Removal (Chubby Cheeks)


Buccal fat pads are pads of fat that augment the lower part of the cheeks. These ‘chubby cheeks’ can result from a variety of conditions. Overweight is one condition, while genetic predisposition can also cause one to have round cheeks. Buccal fat removal, also called cheek reduction surgery, offers a solution to those who want to reduce the size of their cheeks. Removal of these fat pads can slim the cheeks and contour the face. This can help achieve a more chiselled look.

The recovery process is relatively quick and painless. For a few days the patient will look like they have had oral surgery with swollen cheeks, but no bruising. By one week, the patients generally like they did preoperatively and the final results become apparent after 8 to 10 weeks as residual swelling disappears.

Plastic Surgeon Dr. Saul Braun operates from the Netcare Rosebank Hospital, situated in the up-market Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg.

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