Am I a candidate for buccal fat removal surgery? (Photo)

I'm 24 but look younger. I have a few features I don't like that others have commented on in unflattering ways. I've been told I look like Jenna Fischer and Renee Zellweger because I have puffy cheeks and the lids near my inner eyes are slightly hooded. I would like to have a face that others comment positively on. I would like to have a jaw that is defined and attractive. Losing weight has helped, but not entirely. There's only so much it can do, and the older I get the more I consider surgery.

Doctor Answers 2

Yes, you are a candidate for Buccal Fat Removal

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After reviewing you photos, there is definitely fullness in your mid face and the buccal areas are excessive. That makes you a good candidate for BFE or buccal fat extraction. This is a simple outpatient procedure that will give your face more angularity and reduce the fat cheeks. Weight loss will not change your facial proportions as most patients we see have normal BMI with this condition. It is hereditary in nature. Find a surgeon with expertise in this area. Best,

Orlando Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Am I a candidate for buccal fat removal surgery? = there is a high chance that yes #chubbycheeks #buccalfatpadremoval

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Achieving a chiseled, less chubby, face requires to address multiple factors in the face and the body composition to achieve that goal.
Some of the factors that may need to be addressed to achieve a slimmer / chiseled face generally 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
4.9 out of 5 stars 140 reviews

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