I had buccal fat removal 5 weeks ago but I do not see a difference. Is this normal? Am I swollen? When will I see the results? I also had rhinoplasty and chin implant.
How Long Does It Take to See the Results of Buccal Fat Removal?
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Buccal Fat Pad Removal - Los Angeles
Hello and thank you for the question.
Buccal fad pad resection results typically take 1 to 4 months before optimal results can be appreciated. This may be prolonged if the patient has had concomitant facial surgeries, as is the case with you. In general, the results of buccal fat pad resection are modest at best.
Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Results of Buccal Fat Removal
Results of buccal fat removal are typically evident at 3 months. It may take longer in select individuals. Excessive swelling can occur for the following reasons:
1. Over dissection in removal of buccal fat
2. Removal of inappropriate tissue (surgeon may remove salivary gland instead of buccal fat)
3. Unique individual healing properties of patient
4. Amount of buccal fat pad removed
Targeted removal of buccal fat pad is the key to success.
Time required to notice result of buccal fat removal
Buccal fat pad removal produces swelling that requires time to subside and 5 weeks is not enough. Final results could take up to 9 months post surgery to show if no complications and normal healing took place.
If accompanying surgeries were performed, a general swollen face should be anticipated and slower healing rate could happen.
It could be a positive indicator if results are not readily prominent after the surgery as the surgeon could have proceeded with the buccal fat removal conservatively.
If excessive buccal fat is removed, hollow face will form as the patient ages.
Best of luck to you.
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Results from buccal fat pad reduction
The results form buccal fat pad reduction are sometimes visible within one month but usually take up to three months to really see the results. The inflammation and swelling can take a while to subside, particularly when the procedure is done in combination with other procedures. You should try to be patients and wait another two months or so before judging the final result.
I hope this info helps!
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IT may take 3 months to see the effects of buccal fat removal especially if combined with rhinoplasty which can cause additional swelling to the face.