Buccal fat removal and chin surgery? (Photos)

My cheeks appear puffy and round, it gives me a more childish appearance which I'm not happy with. I would like for a more defined face (much preferably with more pronounced cheekbones) and was wondering if buccle fat removal is the most appropriate for me. I was also looking into getting rid of the crease in my chin or make it less noticeable, along with making my chin more pronounced but I'm unsure of what procedure would be best to get rid of it. I appreciate your time and answers :) Thank you!

Doctor Answers 3

Chin augmentation and bucal fat reduction

Great question! This is a very common combined procedure for patients who find that they have "chubby" cheeks. A small chin implant can improve your jawline, while carefully performed buccal fat reduction can help sculpt your lower face to improve the overall contour of your midface/lower face.  Remember that the key in buccal fat surgery is not to remove all of it - this may lead to great results early on, but in the long term, as your face continues to age, it can lead to a gaunt appearance.  Make sure that when you go on your consultations your docs mention these issues such that you know that they have your long term well being in mind.  That being said, you are a great candidate.  Best of luck! 


Delray Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Buccal fat removal to address a childish appearance of the cheeks? = buccal fat pad could help to achieve that #buccalfatremoval

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 removal 
  • 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 
  • Small chin/ jaw: chin augmentation with either fillers or implants will improve the facial proportions thus belping to achieve a more balanced, more chiseled, less childish look. 

Patients interested in determining if buccal fat  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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Buccal fat reduction and chin augmentation

Thanks for sharing.  You appear to be a great candidate for chin augmentation and buccal fat reduction. These procedures will help define you lower face and giving the illusion of fuller upper cheeks and they can also be filled if needed.  Please consult with us if you are interested in learning more.

Raymond E. Lee, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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