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With a buccal lipectomy, Walnut Creek patients can reduce lower-cheek fullness for a more contoured and defined appearance. Also known as buccal fat pad removal or buccal fat reduction, this facial plastic surgery procedure is quite simple and precise.

The appearance of excess lower-cheek volume is caused by the buccal fat pad, a section of fatty tissue found below the cheekbone. During a buccal lipectomy, fat is removed from this pad for effective facial contouring.

Good Candidates for a Buccal Lipectomy

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your face as a result of excess cheek fat and are looking for a long-lasting solution, you may be an excellent candidate for a buccal lipectomy.

Ideal candidates for buccal fat reduction have realistic expectations and do not have any health conditions that affect healing. Non-smokers are the best candidates, and smokers must quit several weeks in advance of the surgery.

Your Consultation

The first step in the buccal lipectomy process is a consultation with Dr. Christian Conderman. Dr. Conderman’s extensive experience in facial plastic surgery makes him an excellent choice for this procedure.

During a consultation, you and Dr. Conderman will discuss your aesthetic goals for buccal fat removal. He will perform a physical examination, and he will also look over your complete medical history. Factors like current medications and supplements, allergies, and past procedures can all affect the details of the surgical plan.

Dr. Conderman will go over the steps of the surgery in detail to ensure that you are well informed. This discussion will include information regarding preparation and the recovery/healing process. Feel free to ask questions at this time.

Once Dr. Conderman has created a surgical plan for your buccal lipectomy, a date will be set for the operation.

The Procedure

At the start of cheek contouring surgery, local anesthesia will be administered to numb the area. This will make the process pain-free for the patient.

Next, Dr. Conderman will create a tiny and precise incision within the inner cheek. This will allow access to the buccal fat pad. Pressure is placed in such a way that it exposes the pad, and then excess fat is removed from it. Dissolvable sutures are then used to close the incision.

What Is Buccal Lipectomy Recovery Like?

Once you’ve returned home following your buccal lipectomy procedure, the healing process will begin. Typically, full recovery takes around three weeks.

It will be very important to follow Dr. Conderman’s post-surgical care instructions, since incisions inside the mouth require proper care to prevent infections. A liquid diet will be required for a time during recovery, and a special mouthwash must be used. Bruising and swelling will be present but will fade.

The Cost of a Buccal Lipectomy

When determining the price of a buccal lipectomy, factors like the total time needed to perform the surgery will be considered. Additionally, anesthesia fees and the use of specialized techniques may affect cost.

Get Started Today

To find out more about undergoing a buccal lipectomy, Walnut Creek patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Conderman. Contact our office today to arrange your appointment.