About Buccal Fat Removal
Do you have some extra cheek fat you wish you could eliminate altogether? At Plastic Surgery Associates Novato, board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas offer buccal fat pad removal to create a slimmer cheek contour. This specific procedure uses simple techniques to remove a small section of fat from the cheek hollows to diminish the appearance of chubby cheeks. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, diet and exercise are not enough to address specific areas of concern, such as the lower face. Call our office in Novato, CA to set up a private consult today to see if buccal fat pad removal is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you attain the look you desire.
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"I Had a Wonderful Experience - Dr. Canales and his wife just did my breast implants (well trade out of old smaller implants to new larger ones) and my tummy tuck and so far I am extremely happy with my results. He is such a caring and kind man who wants his patients to be happy and he is honest. My breasts look super good nice and fake like I wanted them and my tummy is pretty dang flat. I would definetly come to him again..."- M. / RealSelf / Oct 24, 2018
"Wonderful experience - Dr. Canales is amazing, his entire staff is great. From the moment you walk in everyone is very friendly and make you feel comfortable. I am 6 weeks post op and I am very happy with my results so far. I had a tummy tuck and breast augmentation, I had asymmetry and one breast was tuberous. I had Sientra silicone implants above the muscle placement 355 in left breast and 485 in right..."- N. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"I look Like your Wish Pics! - It has now been 19 years since my breast augmentation and I wanted to give a review to this incredible pair of Doctors - Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales. My breasts look like the “wish pics” on this site for so many other women. I simply love them and have gotten scores of compliments on how good they look. Judge for yourself. Their work is impeccable. If I ever had them replaced with silicone, (th..."- T. / RealSelf / Jan 21, 2018
"27 YO, 5’1”, 129lbs, 355cc Sientra silicone, Mod+ - Hands down the best experience I have ever had! Every single person in this office is beautiful, knowledgeable and so so sweet-from the ladies in the front to the nurses and the entire surgical staff. Since day 1 they have put my nerves at ease, answered all of my questions and made the entire process easy for me. Before scheduling my consult I did years of research (literally since I was 16) and every single review suggested to get different opinions. After meeting the team and Dr Canales I just knew I didn’t need to see anyone else. I have over 12 close girlfriends who have seen both Dr Canales and Dr Furnas for their BA’s and not only do they all look amazing but they too had the best experience here at PSA. Im currently 1 week post op and have had the easiest recovery-I only needed the pain meds for the first day but have experienced generally ZERO pain. I’ve had no bruising and Dr Canales said everything was healing perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend Dr Canales for anyone considering a breast augmentation. His bedside manner is highly professional, he’s very funny, and down to earth (did not experience white coat syndrome AT ALL like I do at my MD and gyno appts!). If your on the fence just schedule your consult, like me your only regret would be not doing it sooner! I am absolutely obsessed with my new boobies, I feel so much more confident and so happy I finally did it. Thank you Dr C and team!"- T.F. / RealSelf / Dec 19, 2017
You may be an ideal candidate if you are in overall good health and have cheeks that are overly full or chubby in appearance. If you are considering buccal fat pad removal, then we recommend that you make an appointment at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato to visit with Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas. During this time, they can review your facial contour to see if this procedure is a good option, and they can also provide information about other fat removal treatments we offer, such as Kybella.
Everyone has a naturally occurring layer of fat that lies just inside the mouth near the hollows of the cheeks. Generally, this section of fat is roughly the size of a large black olive. During this procedure, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will make a very small incision inside the mouth to extract this extra pad of fat. Once this is done, sutures will be placed and patients will be free to return to their usual activities. The procedure typically takes about one hour to perform.
What to Expect
Our office will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to follow at home and prescription pain medication if needed. Many of our patients experience minimal discomfort, which can be eased with over-the-counter medication. You can expect some swelling, but this should subside in a few days. Generally, we schedule a follow-up appointment around 10 – 14 days after your surgery to check on your progress.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
Every patient case is unique, which will influence the cost. When you visit Plastic Surgery Associates Novato for a consultation, we will create a custom treatment plan that will address your specific concerns. During this time, we can discuss your out-of-pocket costs and can give you information on low-interest medical financing.
Does it hurt?
Generally, buccal fat removal is relatively comfortable, and many patients compare it to feeling similar to a dental exam. Patients usually experience minimal discomfort, which can be eased with over-the-counter medication.
When will I see results?
Noticeable outcomes can be seen about 2 – 3 days after your procedure with optimal results occurring around 1 – 3 months. It will take a little time for the swelling to go down, but the results will yield gorgeous outcomes.
What about scarring?
There is no visible scarring associated with this procedure since the incisions will be placed inside the mouth to remove excess cheek fat. However, you should follow all aftercare instructions provided by our office to ensure optimal healing.
How long will my results last?
The results of buccal fat removal are generally long-lasting, but each patient case is different. Typically, most patients will only undergo one surgery to attain their desired results.
Plan Your Procedure
Let chipmunk cheeks be a thing of the past and call Plastic Surgery Associates Novato to learn more about buccal fat pad removal. Our seasoned plastic surgeons can help you attain that slim look you've been dreaming of so you can feel confident and beautiful. During your consult, feel free to ask about the other nonsurgical procedures we offer.