The cheekbones play a tremendous role in the over all aesthetic and appeal of the face. Patients are often looking into having a facial plastic surgeon help enhance their cheekbones and minimize fat. That doctor is Dr. Kimberly Lee.
Your cheekbones help to define your face and act as the underlying framework for the skin and soft tissue that lies atop your basic bone architecture. Sometimes, the features of your cheekbones can get lost or disappear behind too much excess buccal (also known as the cheek) fat. In this instance, your features may require subtle refinement with the assistance of a buccal fat removal procedure. Buccal fat removal can help to enhance the foundation of your facial features, and improve your facial symmetry dramatically, while still appearing naturally beautiful. Dr. Lee offers some of the best buccal fat removal Los Angeles & Beverly Hills has to offer to those looking to sculpt their face and reveal their naturally gorgeous contours.
Benefits of buccal fat removal
Facial contouring is important to the overall facial appearance. If one feels that his or her cheeks are looking too round for the other facial features, he or she may even start to feel heavy or chubby as a result of excess fat in the cheeks or buccal fat. While it is important to maintain a healthy amount of facial fat to retain a youthful appearance, excess buccal fat can lead to a rounded “moon face” or chipmunk-like cheek appearance that hides one’s naturally given cheekbone and jaw line. A buccal fat removal procedure conservatively discards non-essential fat in the cheek area, slimming out this area and resulting in a thinner looking and more chiseled appearance. With Dr. Lee’s extensive training, care and skill, you can be sure that you’ll reach your goals for facial enhancement while still looking natural. Additionally, many patients who undergo buccal fat removal also opt to have a dimple creation surgery in Los Angeles at Dr. Lee's clinic.
Having been through the Dr. Kimberly experience, these patients can help you understand the smoothness of the journey.
About the procedure
One of the advantages of having buccal fat removal is that there are no external incisions. Dr. Lee strategically makes a small incision along the interior of the patient’s mouth. Then the buccal fat is targeted and carefully removed. The exact amount of buccal fat that is removed can be done in such a manner that both sides of the face have equal amounts of fat removed, to grant a symmetric, balanced appearance. Truth be told, it is extremely common for most faces have some form of asymmetry to begin with. Therefore, it is vital that the buccal fat removal procedure is exclusively customized for each individual’s needs.
Buccal fat removal is performed on an out-patient basis which allows patients to recover in the comfort of their own home. If flying in for the procedure, patients can recover at one of several nearby hotels in the Los Angeles area which have all the amenities necessary for a comfortable relaxing recovery. For out of town patients, it is recommended that they spend the first 24 hours in a recovery facility. These facilities provide round-the-clock nursing supervision as well as all amenities that would be available in a luxury hotel.
Recovery after Buccal fat removal
Patients will begin the recovery phase by being closely monitored in the recovery suite of the surgical center immediately following surgery. As soon as patients are alert and feeling stable they can be driven home or to the recovery facility where they will likely want to sleep for the rest of the day.
It is necessary to arrange for a family member or friend to be available to provide assistance for the first 48 hours. This person will help by insuring medication is taken on time, will prepare meals, will help with children and any other day to day activities. Patients need to rest as much as possible for the first few days. While extremely rare, if there are unexpected complications following surgery, patients need to have an adult present to provide assistance.
The First Week
Pain and swelling will be most evident during the first week following surgery. Medication will be prescribed which will keep patients comfortable during the initial healing stage. Following buccal fat removal, cool gel packs can be applied to the area every 15 to 20 minutes when awake for the first 24 to 48 hours. This greatly reduces swelling and discomfort which helps the healing process.
As the incisions for surgery are within the mouth, an antibiotic mouthwash will be prescribed. Follow the instructions provided. Patients will need to exercise caution when performing daily oral hygiene. During the first few days, a soft diet is recommended. Protein drinks, scrambled eggs, soup and other foods that do not require chewing are best.
No strenuous exercise following buccal fat removal
Patients will be advised to avoid strenuous activities, contact sports or any heavy exercise such as aerobics, running, or team sports. Besides the obvious need to avoid physical contact with the surgical site, elevating blood pressure through exercise can interfere with the healing process and cause complications.
Following Dr. Lee’s post operative instructions creates the best environment for healing. As a highly respected Los Angeles facial plastic surgeon, she has performed thousands of procedures and has established the best practices for recovering patients.
Avoid any over the counter medications or supplements listed on the instructions as these can cause bleeding. Patients are asked to refrain from smoking cigarettes or cigars for several weeks before and after surgery. This includes vapor cigarettes as it is the nicotine that causes healing complications, not the smoke itself.
Results are visible within a few weeks
Buccal fat removal will cause some swelling. Typically this will resolve within 2 – 3 weeks. Patients can return to work and non strenuous activities as soon as they feel comfortable being seen in public. After the initial swelling has resolved, the contours that Dr. Lee has created will become visible, continuing to refine over time.
Generally patients should allow at least a month before any important event to have their surgery. Most patients will be camera-ready in a few weeks but it is best to allow plenty of time before an important event such as a wedding.
Buccal fat removal can increase confidence for those who have been plagued with a ‘baby face’ despite the best efforts of Los Angeles’ most effective personal trainers. It is very frustrating to have a firm and fit physique yet still look overweight due to excess fatty tissue in the cheeks. Dr. Lee understands the concepts of beauty and proportion and through buccal fat removal has helped many patients achieve the image they have been seeking for many years.
Am I a candidate for buccal fat removal?
Good candidates for this procedure are over 25, in good health and are unhappy with the shape of their face. Candidates should understand that as aging progresses, facial fat dissipates. Buccal fat will reduce over time. However some people have a disproportionate amount of fat in the cheeks which creates the impression that they are overweight when in fact they are not. For these candidates, Dr. Lee's Beverly Hills buccal fat removal is a relatively easy, but game-changing procedure.
If you’re looking for a more thorough, comprehensive facial rejuvenation, buccal fat removal can be performed in conjunction with an eyelid lift, rhinoplasty, fillers, or Botox/Dysport to give an overall slimmer and more defined appearance for patients. During your consultation with Dr. Lee, you will be able to go over your individual requirements and ambitions regarding cosmetic surgery, and together you will come up with a surgical plan that best serves your needs. Dr. Lee aims to deliver some of the top buccal fat removal Beverly Hills & Los Angeles has to provide.
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If you’d like to further discuss the prospect of having buccal fat removal in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, you can contact us online. Or if you prefer you may call our office directly, and one of our staff members will be able to answer any questions you may have, and schedule a consultation for you.
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