Buccal Fat Pad Reduction (Cheek Reduction)

Buccal Fat Pad Reduction (Cheek Reduction) by ROXY Plastic Surgery


If you don’t like your full round cheeks and wish you had more definition, this is the procedure for you. Buccal Fat Pad Reduction (Cheek Reduction) is a way that Dr. Grawe can give you high cheek bones with thin sleek cheeks. The result is natural and beautiful.

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Consultation and Planning

When you come to a consultation at ROXY Plastic Surgery, Dr. Grawe will examine you to make sure you are a candidate for Cheek Reduction.  She can give you an idea of what your results will realistically be and you will get all your questions answered.

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The Procedure

Buccal Fat Pad Reduction is an outpatient surgery so you get to go home the same day.  The procedure takes an hour and there are no scars on your face!  Dr. Grawe makes an incision on the inside of your mouth to remove the fat pad.  Your sutures are dissolvable.

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You will notice a difference immediately after surgery but you will be swollen and the results will improve with time as the swelling goes down.

You should not lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for at least 2 weeks after surgery. You should walk around immediately after surgery and NOT stay in bed. This is important to prevent blood clots. You may remove your outer dressing and shower 48 hours after surgery. You should eat a healthy diet and as much protein as possible to promote good healing.

You may drive and return to work when you are no long taking prescription pain medicine. Most people are able to return to a light duty job 1-2 weeks after surgery.

Remember that everyone is different. Recovery times and progression is not the same for everyone. The times stated are typical for healthy individuals healing from this surgery. The normal progression of healing may be different for those with health problems, smokers, and those who have unforeseen complications after surgery.



When you are recovered from buccal fat pad reduction, your cheeks will be more defined and your face will appear thinner. You will love the stunning look you have! Individual results may vary.

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Disclaimer: The before and after pictures, statements, and opinions presented on our website are applicable to the individuals depicted. Results will vary and may not be representative of the experience of and results of others. The before and after pictures are voluntarily provided by our clients via written consent and are not paid for, nor were they provided with free products, services, or any benefits in exchange for said photos. The before and after pictures are representative of a specific patient experience but the exact results and experience will be unique and individual to each patient.


With every surgery there are risks involved including bleeding, infection, blood clots, pain, scarring, delayed healing and need for further surgery. Here are some complications specific to Buccal Fat Pad Reduction (Cheek Reduction Surgery):

Dr. Grawe makes sure to remove the right amount of fat.  As we age, the buccal fat pad gets smaller and this can cause the patient to look too old.  Therefore, it is important not to remove too much fat.  This may cause a patient to be disappointed with cheek size right after surgery.

Most faces are not symmetrical from one side to the other and there may be asymmetries after surgery as well.

If there is bleeding, you can get a hematoma or collection of blood in your cheek.  This is more common if you lift something heavy after surgery.

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