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Buccal Fat Removal

The Beauty of a Subtle Change

Add definition to the cheeks with Buccal Fat Removal by Dr. Khelemsky in New York.

Fuller cheeks are thought to be more youthful than hollow cheeks, which is why so many people seek dermal fillers to increase volume in this facial area. However, others may be overly concerned with cheeks that appear too full and that take away from a refined facial contour. In fact, cheeks that are full and round even into adulthood tend to be a genetic family trait. Men and women who are concerned with the roundness of their lower face and cheeks, despite attempts to reduce the fullness through diet and exercise, may benefit from a surgical procedure known as Buccal Fat Removal.

If you wish to subtly reduce lower facial fullness and achieve thinner, more sculpted cheeks with more defined facial angles overall, Buccal Fat Removal at RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery may be a permanent and elegant solution. New York Buccal Fat Removal surgeon, Dr. Renata Khelemsky is here to guide you through your personal goals and aesthetic journey. Located at the foot of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, our boutique luxury clinic resides in the heart of DUMBO, a thriving waterfront neighborhood in Northern Brooklyn overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Schedule your personalized consultation today.

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

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Cheek reduction surgery (Buccal Fat Removal) is a surgical procedure to remove a discrete portion of the cheek fat pads (also known as buccal fat) for a thinner and more defined lower facial silhouette. The surgery can be performed as a stand-alone treatment or simultaneously with other procedures, such as a facelift, rhinoplasty, or chin augmentation. The surgery is easily performed through a small incision inside the mouth, leaving no visible scar on the skin.

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How do I know if Buccal Fat Removal is right for me?

Schedule your individualized facial consultation with Dr. Renata Khelemsky to determine if you are an ideal candidate.

Having the fat pad inside your cheeks surgically reduced may offer you a solution for a more defined and sculpted appearance. By reducing the overall volume of the buccal fat pads, you can lessen the fullness of the lower face and improve the appearance of “chipmunk cheeks,” all while preserving a natural and youthful contour. When seeking Buccal Fat Removal, patients look to achieve an overall slimmer appearance to the lower cheeks and find that after this procedure, their cheekbones appear relatively more accentuated. However, this procedure is not recommended for patients who have thinning or aging facial features due to the possibility of worsening facial hollowing and thus causing a more aged appearance.

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“Dr. Khelemsky brings the “art” of medicine to a whole new level. She is a perfectionist that took her time with my procedure. I couldn’t be more pleased with my results. My surgery was on a Friday morning, and Dr. Khelemsky came in on both Saturday and Sunday to ensure that I was healing appropriately and my pain was being managed… I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the results even now.”

—Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Renata Khelemsky did an amazing job with my rhinoplasty. In the consultation, she identified what changes would be made to best work for my face and listened to my concerns. I am so happy with the results and would highly recommend her to anyone interested in this procedure.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an amazing doctor and artist. She did my filler and I am so happy with it. I will recommend her to everyone I know. She explains everything so that you can understand.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky is an outstanding physician... She herself is very calming and makes you feel at ease and confident in the decision you are making. I am overjoyed with the results of my facelift, and would definitely do it again. If someone is thinking about a facelift or any procedure and is apprehensive... Dr. Khelemsky will give you great reassurance… When I look in the mirror, in Zoom, in selfies - I now love my jawline and my whole face in general.”

—Surgical Facelift patient | RealSelf

“Awesome! She was patient and very quick with no pain. She explained everything thoroughly with me and definitely knows her skill set! I trusted her expertise in natural-looking adjustments and it turned out fantastic!”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I love coming to see Dr. Kelemsky! She has the patient’s best interest in mind and I always feel Dr. Kelemsky addresses what look I am going for and is right on the money. I walk out of the office feeling much more confident than when I came in. I will always trust Dr. Kelemsky and she most definitely has a patient for life. She does both my Botox and lip fillers and both procedures have always been flawless.”

—Lip filler patient | RealSelf

“Dr. Khelemsky did an outstanding job on my nose. She explained everything in detail from the very first consultation. She’s professional, caring and her attention to detail makes her the absolute best surgeon! I’m extremely happy with my results and highly recommend her to anyone.”

—Rhinoplasty patient | RealSelf

“I had a wonderful experience from start to finish. She was extremely professional, answered all my questions before my Botox and injectable treatment. There was very little discomfort and hardly any bruising at all. I am thrilled with the results and will use her again for future treatment. I would highly recommend her.”

—Botox patient | RealSelf

“My experience was great! Dr. K is very good at explaining her vision for results with injectable fillers. She is warm and friendly and a delight to chat with. It has been years since I have had a “real” Doctor sit and talk and do an almost painless procedure.”

—Dermal filler patient | RealSelf

“I recently had eyelid surgery performed by Dr. Khelemsky… From the moment I saw her in the surgery center I felt at ease and knew everything was going to be OK. The surgery went well… Referred by my eye doctor, my eyesight is better already. I look forward to recommending my family and friends to Dr. Khelemsky, she has the qualities that everyone seeks out in a true medical professional.”

—Blepharoplasty patient | RealSelf

Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

In-office or the Operating Room | One-hour surgery

Your procedure may be performed both in the office while awake or in an operating room with sedation or general anesthesia. During your Buccal Fat Removal Brooklyn Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Khelemsky, takes about one hour unless you are having additional surgeries. She will administer a local anesthetic to numb the cheeks. A small incision is made on the inside of your cheek. The buccal fat pad contains several compartments that extend throughout the face, and the specific amount of buccal fat removed depends on each patient’s unique anatomy and needs. Dr. Khelemsky will then place dissolvable sutures on the inside of your cheeks.

Buccal Fat Removal Recovery

Reduce your risk of side effects by following post-operative instructions. After their Buccal Fat Removal patients can expect to see a degree of swelling along the cheeks, but this will gradually subside in several days. You will have specific post-procedure instructions to follow for optimal healing, including consuming soft foods for several days following surgery and using a prescribed mouthwash to prevent infection. Patients may resume a normal diet after two weeks.

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Enjoy the new definition of your face. Once your swelling dissipates, you will begin to see your results with subtle and gradual slimming along the lower cheek area. However, it takes about two to four months for your cheeks to fully settle into their new shape. The surgery is permanent. However, if you gain significant weight, your face and cheeks may get fuller.

Why choose RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

We offer surgeon-based care focused on highlighting your unique beauty. Possessing a keen eye, gentle touch, and deft technical skill, Dr. Renata stays at the forefront of aesthetic medicine to bring you the highest level of care available, tailoring every service to your unique needs.

Our state-of-the-art facial aesthetic clinic is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, in New York City. We cater to the local areas, including Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Williamsburg, Long Island City, and Cobble Hill, as well as Manhattan and New York City at large. Patients can expect a premium experience in our luxury office setting, where attention to privacy and one-on-one care create a professionally tranquil and high-quality visit.

A double-board-certified facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Renata Khelemsky specializes in enhancing natural beauty. A Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and diplomate of the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, her personalized approach begins with a comprehensive analysis of your facial features, ensuring each transformation celebrates your unique individuality.

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Call (646) 558-3757 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation for buccal fat removal. Our tailored approach to buccal fat removal and expert-level care set us apart from other providers, ensuring a top-notch experience that unveils your natural beauty. Schedule your personalized consultation with New York Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Renata Khelemsky, today.

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Buccal Fat Removal

Frequently Asked Questions

During your procedure, you will sense pain or discomfort because a local anesthetic is used. After surgery, minor discomfort is most commonly managed with over-the-counter medications.

Buccal fat removal is a safe and comfortable procedure for patients. Minor risks include bleeding, infection, discomfort, and mild facial asymmetry. Dr. Khelemsky will discuss all of the risks with you during your consultation.

Buccal Fat Pad Removal is cosmetic surgery and is not covered under medical insurance. However, financing and payment options may be available through CareCredit.

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At RENATA Facial Cosmetic Surgery, patients receive excellent customer service, communication, personal attention, and scheduling flexibility. Located in the historical and breathtaking waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO, Brooklyn in New York City, our office serves local neighborhoods including Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Williamsburg, and Cobble Hill, as well as Manhattan and New York City at large.

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