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What Are The Risks Of Buccal Fat Removal?

By September 27, 2021 No Comments
Buccal fat pad removal is a surgery that has gained popularity and prominence in the last few years. Most recently, Chrissy Teigen detailed her choice to have the procedure done. During the short surgery, part or all of the buccal fat pads in the cheeks are removed to create a slimmer face. It is mostly used to treat those who have chubby cheeks into adulthood. Though, there are many motivations for undergoing the procedure. Let’s take a look at one of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the procedure, “What are the risks of buccal fat removal?” First off, buccal fat removal contains all of the same expected risks as any other surgical procedure. This includes risks such as:
  • Infection
  • Adverse reactions to or side effects of the anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Poor incision healing
  • Need for revision surgery
As far as the risks that pertain specifically to buccal fat removal surgery itself, some of the risks include:
  • Asymmetry
  • Damage to facial nerves
  • Injury of the salivary duct
  • Gaunt appearance
  • Too much/too little fat removed
While these risks are present, in an ideal candidate and under the care of a qualified surgeon like Dr. Jonov, they rarely occur. Dr. Jonov will review the risks with you during your consultation. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also connect with us online via Price Simulator®, contact form, and chat.

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