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About Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat pads are located in the lower part of the cheeks and can contribute to a round or chubby appearance. By removing excess fat from the buccal fat pads, the face can appear more balanced and symmetrical. Typically performed under local anesthesia, the procedure involves making a small incision inside the mouth to access the fat pads. Buccal fat pad removal is a safe and effective option for those looking to improve their facial features.

Am I a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

You may be a good candidate for buccal fat pad removal in Tampa if:

  • You have a round or chubby face due to excess fat in your cheeks
  • You have an average body weight but still have fullness in their cheeks
  • You have a stable weight and are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • You desire a more defined and contoured facial appearance
  • You have asymmetrical or unbalanced facial features
  • You are in good overall health and do not have any underlying medical conditions that could affect the healing process
  • You are not a smoker, as smoking can negatively impact the recovery process

If you meet the qualifications mentioned above and are considering buccal fat pad removal, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the procedure's potential benefits and determine if it will suit your anatomy.

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During your buccal fat pad removal procedure, Dr. Buchanan will numb the area with local anesthesia. He will make a small incision on the inside of the cheek, through which he can access the buccal fat pads, carefully removing the appropriate amount of fat from the pads and sculpting the cheeks to achieve the desired contour. Once the fat has been removed, the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures. The entire procedure typically takes about an hour to complete. Patients can return home the same day. Following Dr. Buchanan's post-operative instructions carefully is vital to ensure proper healing and optimal results.

Recovery and Downtime

Recovery from buccal fat pad removal can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated area for the first few days following the procedure. Pain medication and ice packs can help manage any discomfort or swelling. Patients may also be advised to follow a soft diet for a few days to avoid irritating the incision site.

Most patients can resume normal activities within a few days, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 1-2 weeks to allow for proper healing. Patients should also avoid smoking and alcohol consumption during the recovery period. The results of buccal fat pad removal are permanent, and patients can expect to see the full effects of the procedure within a few weeks to a few months.

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How Much Does Buccal Fat Pad Removal Cost? Prices starting at $3,000

The cost of buccal fat pad removal in Tampa can vary significantly depending on the complexity of your case. Health insurance companies do not cover it since it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. The total cost of the procedure may include:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room costs
  • Compression garments for post-surgery
  • Surgeon fees

However, the initial price may not include additional costs for blood tests, pre-operative testing, medical clearance exams, and prescription medications.

The cost of the procedure can also be influenced by factors such as the surgeon's experience and reputation, the techniques used for the procedure, and the location of the surgeon's practice. For example, surgeons with many years of experience or a higher reputation may charge more. Additionally, the complexity of the case and the location of the surgeon's practice can also affect the cost of the procedure, as larger cities often have higher operational costs.

If you are interested in buccal fat pad removal but feel limited financially, you can speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. They offer financing plans to help patients achieve their surgical goals.

How Long Will My Results Last?

The results of buccal fat pad removal are permanent, meaning that the fat cells removed during the procedure will not return. However, the aging process and lifestyle factors such as weight fluctuations can affect the appearance of the face over time. While the results of the procedure are long-lasting, patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid significant weight fluctuations to ensure the best possible results.

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Why Choose VIVIFY?

At VIVIFY plastic surgery & medspa, we strongly emphasize honesty and ethical practices. Our primary focus is on delivering safe and reliable procedures supported by evidence and performed by highly skilled clinicians with a compassionate approach to patient care. Our goal is to make patients feel valued and heard while providing high-end service with outstanding results.

Our Tampa practice is led by Dr. Dallas Buchanan and Michelle Buchanan, a husband-and-wife team of board-certified aesthetic experts with over 40 years of combined medical experience. You can trust that you will receive personalized care from professionals who care deeply about your well-being and want you to feel like part of the family.

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