Procedure Time 30 mins
Overnight Stay No overnight stay required
Gym 1 week off before returning to the gym
Anaesthesia Local 
Full Recovery Typically 2 months, but varies among individuals and depending on surgical techniques used.
Time Off Work Usually 1 week, depending on the nature of the patient's job.
Buccal Fat Removal (Bichectomy)

What are the Advantages of Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal offers several advantages for individuals seeking to achieve a slimmer and more sculpted facial appearance. By selectively removing excess fat from the lower cheeks, the procedure can create a more contoured face, particularly in the cheek area. Unlike traditional weight loss methods, which can lead to unpredictable changes in facial fat distribution, buccal fat removal provides targeted and permanent reduction of fullness in the cheeks, resulting in long-lasting aesthetic improvements.

Before and Afters

Buccal Fat Removal (Bichectomy)

6 months post procedure

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Buccal fat removal is not a weight loss procedure. It is intended for individuals who have excess fullness in the lower cheeks that persists despite a healthy lifestyle and stable body weight. While the procedure can enhance facial contour and definition, it is not a substitute for traditional weight loss methods.

While some initial swelling is common after buccal fat removal, patients can usually see noticeable improvements in cheek contour within a few weeks to months after the procedure.

Yes, buccal fat removal provides permanent reduction of fullness in the lower cheeks. Once the buccal fat pad is removed, it does not regenerate, meaning that the results of the procedure are long-lasting. However, natural ageing processes and changes in weight may still affect facial appearance over time.

Buccal fat removal typically does not affect the function of facial muscles involved in smiling or chewing. The procedure targets a specific fat pad in the lower cheeks and does not involve the muscles responsible for facial expression or jaw movement. Most patients retain normal function and sensation after recovery.

While there are no strict dietary restrictions following buccal fat removal, patients are typically advised to follow a soft or liquid diet for the first few days after surgery to minimise discomfort and promote healing. It's essential to stay hydrated and avoid foods that may irritate the surgical site during the initial recovery period.

Who Will Perform the Procedure?

Dr. Arda Kucukguven is a highly skilled European Board-Certified dual-trained plastic and maxillo-facial surgeon specialising solely in facial aesthetic surgery.

Dr Küçükgüven has worked as a consultant plastic surgeon at the famous cranio-maxillo-facial centre at Hacettepe University Hospital in Ankara, Turkey for 6 years. During his time here his specialist interests included research into facial anatomy, facial rejuvenation surgery and complex facial reconstruction.

Dr. Arda

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