Introduction to
Buccal Fat Removal

The art of rejuvenation

The buccal fat pad fills in the deep tissue spaces to help pad the area between your chewing muscles. While they are important to have, some people’s pads are larger than what is natural for the size of their face, which creates the term widely heard of as “chipmunk cheeks”, which may cause confidence issues in certain people. Buccal Fat Removal in Beverly Hills or Los Angeles from Dr. David Saadat offers our patients an opportunity for a change if they wish their cheeks were more proportionate to their faces. Below, we have included some information regarding this cosmetic procedure.


What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal Fat Removal, also referred to as Cheek Fat Reduction surgery or Bichectomy is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure that can accentuate the contours of your face by reducing the fullness of your mid-cheek area. This causes your face to look slimmer and gives you the popular “high cheekbone” look. While the surgery is fairly simple, it does take a skilled hand and artistic eye to achieve optimal results, which Dr. Saadat at the Beverly Hills Aesthetic Surgical Institute is known to have.


What are the benefits of Buccal Fat Removal?

Some of the major benefits our Beverly Hills Buccal Fat Removal patients have seen from their treatment include:

  • A more balanced overall facial shape
  • Create a more slender, v-shaped lower facial contour
  • Enhance the appearance of high cheekbones
  • Improve definition of the cheeks and jawline
  • No visible scarring
  • Reduce excessive cheek fullness

Who Are The Best Candidates For Buccal Fat Removal Procedure?

You could be a great candidate for Buccal Fat Removal in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area if you have the following characteristics:

  • At a healthy and stable weight
  • Dislike the fullness of your cheeks
  • Have realistic expectations from surgical outcome
  • Low self-esteem due to your facial anatomy
  • Overall good physical health

What’s the first step?

The first step to getting Buccal Fat Removal surgery in Beverly Hills or Los Angeles is to have an evaluation and consultation with Dr. Saadat to see if this procedure will give you the results you desire. During your appointment, you’ll be able to explain your goals for surgery and ask questions about the procedure and your options. Dr. Saadat will evaluate your face and cheeks to make his suggestions and come up with a surgical plan. You will be asked questions about your medical history, so it’s important to be upfront and honest when having your discussion.

If you are satisfied with the plan Dr. Saadat creates for you and you would like to pursue the procedure, our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your surgical date and provide you with some directions to follow.

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What to expect on the day of Buccal Fat Removal surgery

On the day of your surgery, depending on your preferences, we will administer local or general anesthesia for your comfort.

Once sedated, your mouth will be propped open at a comfortable level and your cheek will be gently pulled back. Dr. Saadat will make a very small incision inside the cheek to identify the buccal fat pad. He will then gently tease the fat out of its pocket to remove it. Once the fat is removed, Dr. Saadat will place two or three dissolvable stitches to close the incision.
The entire surgery should take under one hour but can vary from patient to patient.


Buccal Fat Removal Recovery


You will be monitored in our recovery room after your surgery, but once you are cleared to leave, you will be able to return home to recover in peace. You are encouraged to have a friend or relative provide you with a ride home as you may still be under the influence of sedation.

Most patients find recovery to be generally easy and take about one or two days. You can expect to experience some mild pain/ soreness, which will subside after a few days. Your cheeks will appear slightly fuller during the first week due to swelling but should return to their normal appearance within a week or so.

Swelling will continue to subside with your results starting to be seen as early as four weeks post-surgery, and then progressively improving for several months thereafter.

During recovery, it’s important to be careful not to bite down on the cheek area, so the incision can properly heal and sutures can dissolve. Pain medication can be prescribed and ice packs will help with swelling and discomfort.

How Much Does Buccal Fat Removal Cost In Beverly Hills, CA

The price of a Buccal Fat Removal

The cost of a Brow Lift in Beverly Hills depends on factors, but primarily on which method is used and the degree to which your forehead changes. When you come in for your consultation, we will have a better sense of what is needed and create a cost plan for you. Our Patient Coordinator will be able to give you a price analysis for the entirety of your treatment after your consultation appointment.

Why Choose Dr. Saadat?

Top Buccal Fat Removal Plastic Surgeon

Dr. David Saadat is a world-renowned, triple-board-certified surgeon with over 20 years of experience in Otolaryngology, Facial & Reconstructive Surgery, and Sleep Medicine. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate of Medicine, he continued his studies with a residency at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, followed by his Fellowship at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

During his time as an experienced facial plastic surgeon, he has become a hot commodity on the lecturer’s circuit due to his dedication to educating and training, as well as his knowledge of the latest surgical, sleep, and breathing techniques. 

He has been affiliated with some of the top medical schools and hospitals in California, including Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Saadat is known for his unique and warm bedside manner and strives to help patients achieve optimal cosmetic and functional results.

Schedule a Consultation

A Buccal Fat Removal in Beverly Hills can do so much to help you achieve a slimmer, more contoured face and achieve your aesthetic goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Saadat, please call our practice or use our website to schedule your appointment and a member of our team will contact you.

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I was referred to Dr. Saadat by a friend having seen the amazing result on my friend’s face. I made an appointment and Dr. Saadat already knew what will make the transformation in my face. I had two plastic surgeries (by a very reputable plastic surgeon in Pasadena) and both were absolute waste of time and money. Dr. Saadat recommended an upper eyelid bleph
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Wouldn’t want anyone else to do my surgery. I felt confident about my surgery with Dr. Saadat and I could tell from the beginning that he was going to do a good job. He has great charisma and makes you feel comfortable going into your procedure. Wouldn’t want anyone else to do my surgery.
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I just love Dr. Saadat and his staff. I just love Dr. Saadat and his staff. They are always friendly and helpful. You will not be disappointed if you go to him. They always take the time to explain things and they never rush you if you have any questions or concern.
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Dr. Saadat is honest and skillful. I had an awesome experience with Dr. Saadat and his staff. He and his staff always take the time to find out what I want, answer all my questions and address any concerns that I may have. Doctor Saadat is honest and skillful.
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If I could give TEN STARS, I would! It’s a wonder Dr. Saadat isn’t the most world renowned plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills… his bedside manner and unrivaled eye are rarely found together, and I am so happy for everything that he has done for me. He is an absolute perfectionist, and I trust him and his wonderful staff implicitly. Thank you again for everything! I will be back again and again!
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