Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal Fat Removal in Dallas | Plano

Defined cheekbones are a highly desirable physical characteristic. Accentuated cheekbones display fitness, confidence, and health—and buccal fat pad removal is one of the best ways to easily add definition to a patient’s cheekbones. 

In a relatively straightforward cosmetic surgery, Dr. Ali Abtahi can help a patient achieve the defined cheekbones they desire by removing the buccal fat pad. The procedure makes a significant difference to a patient’s appearance and self-confidence, which is why Dr. Abtahi takes an exceptionally personalized approach to each procedure.

When patients choose Dr. Abtahi as their buccal fat pad removal surgeon, they receive not only an exceptionally well-trained, experienced, and qualified professional but also a guide along their aesthetic journey. To Dr. Abtahi, buccal fat pad removal surgery is a way for patients to achieve their optimum lifestyle by looking and feeling the best they can.  

Learn more about buccal fat pad removal surgery by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Abtahi today. We are located in Plano, TX, and proudly serve patients visiting from Highland Park, Fort Worth, Southlake, Aledo, Dallas, Keller, Frisco, Grapevine, Colleyville, Arlington, and other nearby areas. 

What Is Buccal Fat Pad Removal?

Buccal fat pad removal, also known as buccal fat reduction or cheek reduction surgery, is a cosmetic procedure designed to accentuate the cheekbones and reduce the fullness of the cheeks, creating a more sculpted, contoured facial appearance. The surgery involves the removal of the buccal fat pads, which are located in the lower portion of the cheeks.

Public interest in buccal fat pad removal has dramatically increased over the past several months, with Google searches increasing by over 10X, demonstrating the potential for the procedure to deliver highly accessible, affordable, and desirable results. 

While similar to facial liposuction, the procedure differs in technique, as the buccal fat pad is excised instead of suctioned via liposuction

Candidates for Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat removal surgery is typically performed on patients who feel their cheeks look excessively full or chubby, even when they have a healthy body weight. Reducing the size of the buccal fat pads helps these individuals achieve a more defined and balanced facial appearance, accentuating the cheekbones and jawline.

Typically, patients who are in good health and leading a healthy lifestyle are good candidates for buccal fat pad removal.

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Meet Ali R. Abtahi, DO MSc

Dr. Ali R. Abtahi, DO MSc is a highly skilled surgeon with extensive training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Comprehensive Aesthetic Surgery, and General Surgery. Through his artistic vision and sincere passion for plastic surgery of the utmost quality, Dr. Abtahi is dedicated to delivering an elite, personalized experience.

Choosing the Right Buccal Fat Pad Removal Surgeon

Choosing the right surgeon for cheek reduction surgery is crucial for ensuring a safe and successful outcome. Patients should consider the following elements while searching for the right professional for their procedure.

Board Certification

Look for a surgeon who is board-certified in plastic surgery or a related field. To be board certified, a plastic surgeon needs to have undergone rigorous training, experience, and examination. Board certification is only granted to surgeons who practice the highest standards of safety and who have the utmost level of competence. 

Reputation, Specialization, and Proof

Choose a surgeon who has experience in buccal fat pad removal and facial procedures, has a large number of satisfied past patients, and can provide proof of patient testimonials and before-and-after photos. This helps a potential patient gauge the surgeon’s ability to deliver desirable, repeatable results. 

Comfortable Communication

Being comfortable with the surgeon is key to achieving optimal results in any cosmetic procedure. Comfort between patients and surgeon comes from open, transparent, honest communication, with a professional and comfortable bedside manner. If a patient feels they can have an open rapport with their surgeon, then they are far more likely to get the best results possible. 

What Are the Basic Steps Involved in Dr. Abtahi’s Buccal Fat Pad Removal Procedure?

Cheek fat removal, although a relatively straightforward procedure, does require personalization and artistic appreciation from the surgeon. Therefore, Dr. Abtahi has defined each of the following steps as the foundation of his buccal fat pad removal surgery, which helps achieve optimal results. 

During the initial consultation, Dr. Abtahi evaluates the patient’s facial anatomy; discusses goals, reasoning, and expectations for the procedure; and determines whether buccal fat pad removal is indeed the correct procedure to address the patient’s needs.

The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preferences and Dr. Abtahi’s recommendations.


Once the patient is safely anesthetized, Dr. Abtahi will make a small incision inside the patient’s mouth, usually near the upper molars.

Dr. Abtahi then carefully locates the buccal fat pad, taking care to avoid damaging nearby structures such as salivary glands and ducts, nerves, and blood vessels.

Once the buccal fat pad is identified, Dr. Abtahi gently teases it out of its pocket and removes it. The amount of fat removed depends on the patient’s desired outcome and facial anatomy. Normally, the amount of fat removed is equal to a “small to medium-sized grape.”

Dr. Abtahi then closes the incision with dissolvable sutures, and the procedure is repeated on the other side of the face.

Following the surgery, patients are monitored for a short time before leaving for home. They will be given post-operative instructions to follow, which may include taking prescribed pain medication, using ice packs to reduce swelling, and maintaining proper oral hygiene.

Dr. Abtahi will schedule follow-up appointments with his patients to assess the healing process and ensure they are satisfied with the results.

Schedule a Dallas Buccal Fat Pad Removal Consultation

For those who are considering buccal fat pad removal, Dr. Ali Abtahi is here to help. Patients should contact Amor Propio Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation for buccal fat removal in Dallas with Dr. Abtahi in his Plano office. 

A consultation involves a detailed discussion with Dr. Abtahi, who is one of the best buccal fat pad removal surgeons in Dallas. During this consultation, the patient will clearly determine their aesthetic goals and reasons for wanting buccal fat removal, and together with Dr. Abtahi will formulate a plan to move toward achieving their goals. 

Call us at (469) 293-2533 or reach us online today.