Getting rid of or reducing the size of chubby cheeks? (Photo)

I have had chubby cheeks for as long as I can remember, and their size has bothered me for a while. They protrude and make my face appear very round and chubby. Aside from my face, I'm fairly thin, so I don't think that losing weight will do much. What kind of surgeries or procedures would help make my face look thinner and get rid of my chubby cheeks? Thanks.

Doctor Answers (2)

Chubby cheeks are often from enlarged buccal fat pads and can be reduced surgically

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The buccal fat pads are located in the mid cheeks and lie between the inner and outer cheek muscles. As people age, this fat pad often gets smaller. If this is a hereditary issue and chubby cheeks run in your family, you might consider buccal fat reduction surgery. However, as you age, the cheeks also get thinner. So, for someone who is in their early to mid 20's I suggest waiting to see if this gets smaller as you age. If the buccal fat pads are reduced too early, my might be back 10 years later to restore fat to aging, thinning cheeks.


New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Chubby Cheek Liposuction

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What many people refer to as chubby cheeks is often a zone of subcutaneous fat over an area below the bony cheeks known as the perioral mounds. This can be treated by small cannula liposuction from incisions inside the corners of the mouth.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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