Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal Fat Removal

If you are looking for a safe, effective, and low-cost way to reduce fat on your cheeks and chin, it may be time to consider buccal fat removal. However, as with any surgery, there are risks and benefits associated with facial contouring, and you must understand all the details before making a decision.

What is bichectomy?

Buccal fat removal is a simple and safe procedure that can be performed in our office. It involves using small incisions to remove the excess tissue that lies under the chin and in front of the ears, creating a smoother contour.

The buccal fat pad is a layer of fat that lies along either side of your face. That tissue can become enlarged, causing an unsightly appearance when it bulges out from your jawline or chin. bichectomy can also improve your facial profile by reducing the size of your nose or enhancing the shape of your ears.

How Does Bichectomy Work?

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A fat mass in the center of your cheek is called the buccal fat pad. It sits between the facial muscles in the dentation beneath your cheekbone.  

Everyone has this mass, but it varies in size from person to person. If you have a round face, it is probably due to your buccal fat pads being more prominent than average.

This procedure is purely cosmetic, and there are no risks associated with having larger fat pads on your cheeks. In addition, the process will reduce the width of your face, enhancing your appearance. Continue reading to learn all the interesting facts about this surgery and find out if it is an option for you.

Who is a good candidate for buccal fat removal?

To find out if you are a good candidate for buccal fat removal, here are characteristics that make up a great patient:

  • Patients with realistic expectations about the results of bichectomy should be considered good candidates for the procedure. Realistic expectations include understanding that there will be swelling and bruising after surgery and that it will take a while for the swelling to subside. Additionally, patients should be able to tolerate pain well enough not to need narcotics after their procedure.
  • Patients who want to improve the contour of their cheeks or other areas around their mouth should be considered good candidates for buccal fat removal.
  • bichectomy can also help remove unwanted folds or creases in your upper lip, making you look older.
  • Patients with excess tissue around their mouth that causes them to look older than they are may benefit from buccal fat removal. If you have never had children or are over 40 years old, that procedure could help restore some of your youthful appearances.

Procedure Details

What happens before a bichectomy surgery?

Am I a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal

A buccal fat removal procedure is usually done under local anesthesia, so you will not be asleep. However, if you have a wider area to treat or have had multiple procedures done in the past, your doctor may recommend general anesthesia.

You will need to stop eating and drinking the day before your procedure and should not smoke on the day of your surgery. You may be allowed to take some over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) before and after your procedure.

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What happens during a buccal fat removal procedure?

During that minimally invasive procedure, you’ll lie on your back with your head tilted toward one side. Next, your surgeon will make an incision through your lower lip and cheek to remove the excess fat. 

That technique is known as the “inside-out” approach because it involves making an incision underneath the skin rather than on top, as in traditional liposuction procedures.

Using special instruments designed for that purpose, your surgeon will gently massage out any remaining pockets of fat using small suction until all areas are clear of excess tissue and blood vessels are sealed off. So they don’t bleed excessively during or after surgery.

What happens after that procedure?

After the buccal fat removal procedure, you will be asked to rest in the recovery room until all of the effects of anesthesia wear off. You may take a pain reliever as needed for the first 24 hours.

You should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for 2 to 3 weeks after your bichectomy procedure. In addition, you should avoid eating solid foods for 48 hours after your buccal fat removal procedure.

You can expect bruising and swelling around your mouth following that procedure. Ice packs may help reduce these symptoms. Usually, bruising and swelling subside within ten days. 

Avoid sun or tanning beds because exposure to ultraviolet light does not require aid healing. In addition, the results of bichectomy surgery are permanent but not immediate; it takes time for them to develop fully.

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Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

Here are five benefits of that cosmetic procedure:

Improved Smile

A large buccal pad can cause your smile to appear crooked or asymmetrical. It can also affect your speech and make it difficult for others to understand what you’re saying because it pushes the lower jaw slightly.

Improved Facial Contour

A buccal pouch is often associated with an overhang of skin on the neckline and chest area due to weight loss, aging, or genetics. However, when removed from that area of the face, it allows for better contouring of your facial features and gives you a more youthful appearance overall!

Minimal recovery time

After the procedure, you can return to work or resume your normal activities immediately. The only thing you need to do is follow the post-op instructions given by your doctor.

Better Breathing Abilities

Buccal Fat Removal will help patients regain their ability to breathe through their noses without having to open their mouths or tilt their heads back. 

Patients who have undergone that procedure had reported feeling like they could breathe much more accessible than before it was performed on them.

Better self-esteem

bichectomy helps improve self-esteem because it helps make one look younger and reduces wrinkles around the mouth area. That makes it easier to smile and laugh freely without worrying about looking awkward or unattractive because of loose skin around their mouth area. 

It also helps them look younger than their actual age and reduces wrinkles around their eyes due to aging, stress from work, or whatever else may have caused it to happen over time.

What are the risks associated with buccal fat removal surgery?

The most common risks associated with bichectomy include the following:

Excessive bleeding

Bleeding is the most common complication after buccal fat removal, and that can occur during surgery or several days later when the area starts to heal. To prevent excessive bleeding during the procedure, your surgeon may place sutures or staples on your gums to close small blood vessels. 

If excessive bleeding does occur, it will be stopped by applying pressure with a gauze or a cotton ball to the affected area until the bleeding stops naturally.

Infection 

Infection is another risk of any surgical procedure and occurs if bacteria enter an open wound during surgery or afterward as it heals. Infections can be treated with antibiotics but may require additional treatment if they become severe enough to cause organ failure or sepsis (a potentially life-threatening condition).

Negative reaction to anesthesia

There is always some risk of having an adverse reaction to anesthesia when undergoing any operation because it paralyzes your muscles and temporarily affects your brain function.

Hematoma

A hematoma is a blood collection under the skin that can occur during or after surgery. The hematoma may require drainage or surgery to remove it.

lockjaw

Lockjaw refers to severe facial swelling that causes difficulty opening your mouth and speaking, and it’s caused by bleeding under the skin and muscle overstretching during surgery. 

If you experience that condition, contact your surgeon immediately because it needs immediate treatment to prevent permanent damage to your jaw joint.

seroma (fluid accumulation)

Seromas are fluid-filled pockets that can develop after buccal fat removal surgery if there’s an injury to one of your salivary glands during the procedure. 

That condition requires surgical drainage for complete resolution, but it’s not life-threatening if treated early on.

What to eat after bichectomy surgery?

What can You Eat After Buccal Fat Removal

You must stick to a liquid diet for the first week after surgery. 

This diet should include foods like:

  • Soup
  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Jello
  • Custard
  • Ice-cream

Depending on your unique requirements, you may even be asked to stay on this diet until your first follow-up appointment. After the first week, you can start to introduce softer, more formed foods into your diet, like:

  • Bananas
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Slow-cooked stews
  • Softer cereals
  • Pancakes

Usually, after ten days, you can resume your natural diet, but ensure to stay away from crunchy or sharp foods until you are completely healed. Foods to avoid are:

  • Popcorn
  • Candy
  • Raw vegetables or hard fruits
  • Corn or maize chips
  • Pretzels

Can Buccal Fat Grow Back?

Bichectomy is a permanent procedure. Once performed, the buccal fat does not grow back, not even if you gain weight. There are other methods of removing smaller amounts of fat from the cheeks, and when you gain weight, it will return. However, buccal lipectomy is the only surgery guaranteeing a slimmer face for life.  

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Buccal Fat Removal before and after

How Much Does buccal fat removal cost Cost in Turkey?

Turkey’s average buccal fat removal cost is $700 – $5000. If you want more than liposuction, the price will increase to around $4,500 – $7,500. That may sound like a lot of money, but the results are excellent! You will feel like a new person when you look in the mirror after your procedure!

How Much Does buccal fat removal cost in the U.S.?

The buccal fat removal cost depends on several factors, including your geographic location and the surgeon’s experience. In the U.S., it typically costs between $3,500 and $5,000 for that procedure.

A liposuction expert should be able to tell you how much you can expect to pay for buccal fat pad removal based on your specific needs and circumstances. 

The cost of that procedure may also vary depending on whether you choose an out-patient or in-patient treatment plan and whether any other procedures are involved, such as neck liposuction.

What are the Advantages of Bichectomy?

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A buccal fat extraction is a great option if you want a more defined face to highlight those cheekbones. This procedure has many advantages, which include the following:

  • It helps to boost your confidence
  • Your face will be thinner
  • It is permanent
  • Your face will have a lifted appearance
  • Accentuates the natural curves of your face
  • Reduces chubby cheeks
  • It’s a quick surgery usually done in-office under general anesthesia, under an hour.

Disadvantages

Although this surgery is primarily effective, some disadvantages might make you think twice:

  • There is a risk of bruise or infection, although this rarely happens.
  • Your face will be swollen for 14 days after the surgery.  

Can I add other procedures to my buccal fat removal?

Yes, you can add other procedures to your bichectomy. For example, you can think about a facelift, rhinoplasty, chin implants, or lip augmentation; these are prevalent procedures and will give you the desired results.

Facelifts

Facelifts are very popular with patients of all ages as they can be performed on both men and women. A facelift is designed to remove sagging skin in areas around the mouth and eyes, making one look tired or older. 

Facelifts can also help reduce lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows and tighten loose or drooping skin around your jawline and neck area.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is another popular facial procedure designed to reshape your nose to look more attractive and balanced with your other facial features. Rhinoplasty can also be combined with facelifts or even Botox® treatments for a complete rejuvenation of the face.

Chin Implants

Excess fat in the chin area can be removed and replaced with an implant to restore your natural contour and shape. In addition, the chin implant will give you a more defined jawline and help balance any other asymmetrical facial features (such as your nose or lips).

Lip augmentation

If your bottom lip is too small compared to the top, it can make your smile appear crooked or uneven. Lip augmentation is a simple procedure that uses dermal fillers like Restylane or Juvéderm to add volume to your upper lip and create symmetry between both sides of your mouth.

Does insurance cover bichectomy?

Insurance does not cover buccal fat removal, and insurance companies do not consider that a medical necessity, so they don’t cover it as an out-of-pocket expense.

However, you may get a discount on the procedure if you have insurance. Most major dental insurance plans include a discount for cosmetic services such as tooth whitening and veneers, so it wouldn’t be surprising to include that.

If you have dental insurance, check with your dentist or their staff to see if they can give you more information about how much your plan will cover.

Questions to ask at your initial consultation

Here’s a list of some of the questions you may want to ask:

Were you specifically trained in plastic surgery?

That question is crucial because it will help you determine if the doctor is an actual surgeon, not a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.

How many years of experience do you have?

While there is no set number of years required for someone to become qualified as a plastic surgeon, it’s helpful to know how long your doctor has been practicing. That information will help you better understand their expertise and overall experience with your procedure.

Have you performed buccal fat removal in the past?

Many doctors only perform one type of surgery, so it’s essential to know if they’ve performed that procedure before so they don’t recommend something they’ve never done before themselves.

Is bichectomy Worth It?

Buccal fat pad resection is a very effective procedure. Most patients are satisfied with their results and love their newly defined faces.

Does It Hurt?

Because the surgery is done on the soft tissue, there should be minimal discomfort. Although your plastic surgeon will prescribe you some pain medication, most people don’t even need it.  

Conclusion

Buccal fat removal has proven to be very successful in reducing cheek fullness and improving facial harmony. The advantages are highly natural results without any high costs to the patient. That is a perfect procedure for patients who do not want surgery or have tested it and are satisfied with their results.

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Buccal fat removal in Turkey FAQs

There are 2 airports in Istanbul 

  • Istanbul airport (IST)
  • Sabiha Gökçen (SAW)

You can book a ticket to one of them because we offer a pick-up service from both airports at Hayat Med Clinic.

You need to stay 7 nights in Turkey for the operation, so if you book the arrival flight Monday, the departure needs to be the next Monday.

After you check the availability with our consultants and buy your ticket, you need to send us a copy. Then all your arrangements will start, and we will send you a confirmation letter

You can go back to work after a week Form your procedure. That is at a time in your recovery when you have fewer signs of surgery, and your nose and face aren’t so fragile.

Ideally, it would be best if you aimed to go back to work after seven to ten days following your procedure.

General anesthesia is usually performed in bichectomy surgery, whether a sample type or a complicated one. So, you’ll sleep through the procedure. You will stay in the hospital for one night after the operation to avoid any side effects caused by general anesthesia.

Most of the side effects of Bichectomy surgery will fade after the operation in two to four weeks. You can return to work one week after the operation, as we said previously, by covering the remaining redness with some make-up if you need to.

The answer is NO.

When you make a reservation with Hayat Med Clinic, we will send a signed contract containing all the previously agreed-upon details. You will not pay any additional costs.

It’s YES for most cases, and you can have second buccal fat removal surgery. The patient can repeat the operation several times – it can be from 2 to 3 times.

In most cases, the operation is done under general anesthesia or, in rare cases, local anesthesia with sedation. The process takes about two hours, and you do not need an escort to come with you to Turkey.

Our driver will pick you up at the hotel immediately after the operation. Ensure adequate rest after the operation and lie down as much as possible.

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