Am I Suitable For Buccal Fat Removal?

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Ultimately it will be up to your surgeon to decide, after examination, if you could benefit from buccal fat removal surgery. However before you go for a consultation for this procedure, to risk wasting your time, there are a few guidelines you can follow to figure out whether this type of surgical treatment would be appropriate for you, and provide what you’re looking for.

Over 40s

If you’re past your 40s buccal fat removal may not be the best option for you. As we grow older we naturally start to lose fat in our face. This means one risk that buccal fat removal poses to everyone who receives it is that, as you get older, it could leave you looking gaunt as this process begins to become more obvious. Ultimately if you’re at the age where this is starting to become the case you couldn’t be blamed for feeling like you’d wasted your money, as even if you are happy with the initial result it will deteriorate much quicker for you than, for say, someone in their 20s. Although face thinning surgeries may not generally be recommended to you it’s certainly worth looking into more subtle alternatives to buccal fat removal if cheek reduction is something you want to pursue.

Under 18s

To be a potential candidate for buccal fat removal really you need to be at least 18 years of age. The reason for this is that before this point of your life (and for many some time after) your body is still developing, making surgery for purely aesthetic reasons risky. In terms of buccal fat removal specifically, aged under-18 naturally your face will be plumper and will inevitably thin overtime, the extent to which cannot really be known.


If you smoke unfortunately buccal fat removal probably isn’t for you either. But if you are willing to quit for at least the 2 weeks preceding and following your surgery you may be able to have it done. As smoking will slow-down the healing process and can create other complications, unless you are certain you’re willing to do this, and have it agreed upon that with your surgeon, buccal fat removal is not recommended to smokers.

Chipmunk cheeks

This is a common term for oversized cheeks and/or jowls. If you suffer from this, and it is the problem you wish to rectify by having buccal fat removal, you could be an ideal candidate for the procedure. It is this problem that buccal fat removal surgery typically serves to rectify as it can give you a more contoured and sculpted face, which will also appear thinner and usually more in proportion too.

Fit and Healthy

The fitter and healthier you are the better your chances are of healing quickly and well. If, however, you do have any pre-existing medical conditions, are on medication, or if there is any aspect of your lifestyle that you feel could affect your suitability for buccal fat removal, it is absolutely imperative that you make this known to your surgeon as early as possible. Failure to do so could result in dangerous consequences.

Realistic Expectations

Although you should never agree to have surgery performed on you without being completely certain it will give you what you want, and without completely trusting the surgeon operating on you, you also need to be realistic. You must remember that there is only so much surgery can achieve and a surgeon can only work with what they are given.

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