Some people have a genetic predisposition towards fuller cheeks, and that gives them round or cherubic looks. This excess cheek fat can mask their cheek prominence and give them fatty looks despite of not being overweight otherwise. This fat also doesn’t even respond to weight loss, as stated by many patients.
As the location of buccal fat is deep in-between the layers of muscles, it cannot be removed with liposuction as liposuction removes the superficial fat.
As it is a daycare procedure, the patient can be discharged the same day. A patient can resume their routine activity the very next day. There will be mild swelling for 2 to 3 weeks, but that resolves largely by 3 weeks. As stitches are inside the mouth patient is advised to take a liquid diet on 1st day followed by a soft diet for 4 to 5 days, and proper cleaning with a mouth wash is also advised. Sutures need not to be removed as they are absorbable.
The procedure is done under local anaesthesia and or i/v sedation, so there will be no pain and post-operative. Painkiller is also advised that helps to manage pain after the treatment.
As the swelling resolves completely, the complete results are visible by the end of the third month after surgery.