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Buccal fat reduction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to correct fullness in the cheeks. Most faces will slowly mature to become more chiseled and streamlined, but patients struggling with excess buccal fat may retain childlike chubbiness that they wish to eliminate. As a trusted and skilled Facial Plastic Surgeon serving Denver and beyond, Dr. Garrett Locketz delivers transformative cosmetic results.

Why Choose Us for Buccal Fat Removal?

Dr. Garrett Locketz at Peak Plastic Surgery Center in Denver, CO performs aesthetic facial surgery to restore a sense of personal confidence and peace of mind. He trained at among the most elite and lauded institutions in the nation, including UPenn, Stanford University, and NYU, where he completed a demanding Fellowship through the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with the world-renowned Dr. David Rosenberg. He was honored with the prestigious Carniol Award for Excellence in Facial Plastic Surgery.

Our practice provides patients with an unforgettable treatment experience that is comfortable, rewarding, and stress-free. From our luxury amenities and concierge conveniences to the dedication and commitment of every team member, Peak Plastic Surgery Center stands as a welcoming sanctuary for those seeking to embark on an outstanding aesthetic journey.

What is Buccal Fat Reduction?

Buccal fat reduction helps reshape the cheeks for a slimmer, more chiseled jawline. Enlarged buccal fat pads are typically due to genetics, but they can also occur due to weight gain. When “chipmunk cheeks” or a “babyface” persist into adulthood, a buccal lipectomy can help restore balance and self-confidence by contouring and reshaping the facial curves.

How is Buccal Fat Pad Reduction Performed?

Buccal fat pads are housed inside the cheeks. Due to their location beneath the muscle, techniques such as liposuction and skin tightening cannot provide sufficient contouring results. Buccal fat pad removal is performed through small incisions inside the mouth, where scarring is hidden from view. Only a portion of the fat pad is removed so that the result will appear balanced, natural, and elegant.

Small sutures are used to close the incisions. The entire process takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, and there is little downtime. Buccal fat pad removal may be combined with other aesthetic procedures, such as chin and neck liposuction or rhinoplasty to comprehensively improve the facial shape.

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Benefits Of Buccal Fat Reduction

  • Helps shrink overly prominent cheeks
  • Slims the lower face
  • Creates a more pleasing V-shaped facial contour
  • Trims facial plumpness
  • Simple, straightforward treatment
  • Minimal downtime or discomfort
  • Invisible scars
  • Enhances self-confidence

Am I a Candidate?

Dr. Locketz will help determine if buccal fat reduction is right for you during a private consultation at our state-of-the-art Denver office suites. Ideal candidates for buccal lipectomy are in their 20s and 30s, are at a stable weight, and are healthy non-smokers. They may have tried to remove their chubby cheeks through dieting and exercise but to no avail. While they may look forward to improvement after their procedure, they understand that there is no such thing as perfection, and they have realistic expectations.

The Recovery Process

After buccal fat reduction, patients can experience mild swelling that lasts several weeks. The cheeks may temporarily appear rounder than usual, but as swelling subsides, the newly slimmed and sculpted facial shape will emerge. Within 1-3 months, patients will enjoy a more chiseled and streamlined jaw profile.

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