Buccal fat removal - would I be a good candidate? (Photo)

Hi, dear doctors! I think i have a full face, but my body is very slim. I want to get sharp cheekbones and contour. I don't like results from any injection like Radiesse, Restyline. Would I be a good candidate for buccal fat removal? Can i get sharp cheekbones and contour by this way? Thanks in advance.

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Buccal fat removal for chubby face?

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Thank you for asking about your buccal fat removal.
  • At least in your photo, it seems that you have little buccal fat to remove.
  • To get more definition of your cheek bones - consider a small cheek implant.
  • It will also give lift and structure to your face and usually reduces signs of aging.
  • Have a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss the changes you would like and the best approach for you.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Buccal fat removal - would I be a good candidate? = yes, you possibly could be a candidate #chubbycheeks #buccalfatremoval

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Achieving a chiseled, less chubby face requires to address multiple factors in the face and the body composition to contribute to this physical finding. This analysis will help to determine what is the plastic surgery procedure(s) what could best help to correct a chubby face, thus achieve a slimmer more chilled face. Some of the physical findings that may need to be addressed to achieve a slimmer / chiseled face are: 
  • Lower anterior cheek fullness: this could be addressed surgically with buccal fat pad removal 
  • Lower posterior cheek fullness: this could be achieving my treating the masseter muscle ( a masticatory muscle) with Botox. The masseter muscle gives bulk to the lower posterior cheek fullness at the level of the angle of the jaw bone 
  • Overall body fat: weight loss to achieve a normal or low normal weight for the height ( normal BMI) is a must. (most models with chiseled face have  are "skinny" and therefore have a BMI in the low normal range) 
  • Anterior and lateral cheek bone projection: lack of cheek bone projection won't allow to have a chiseled appearance, event if the above factors are achieved. Therefore, it someone has not good cheek bone projection, he or she may require cheek augmentation/ enhancement with either soft tissue fillers like voluma or cheek implants 
  • Saggy facial skin: young people usually doesn't have saggy facial skin. Patients in the 30s or 40s may have some aging related sagginess that may be improved with soft tissue fillers 
Patients interested in determining if buccal fat pad removal may help to achieve a chiseled face should make a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specialized in plastic surgery procedures of the face

John Mesa, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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