This surgery, also known as the Hollywood cheek operation, gives clarity and sharpness to the facial features. Cheek liposuction is a minimally invasive technique. Excess fat on the cheeks can be reduced by removing it with the bichectomy technique, which is applied in a way that does not leave any traces. The contour of the face can be reshaped by thinning the appearance of chubby cheeks with bichectomy, which is performed under local anesthesia with a small incision and lasts for about 40 minutes. The results of the fat removal process from the cheek are permanent. Although the recovery period after bichectomy is short, the satisfaction level of the patients is quite high.
What is Cheek Fat Removal (Bichectomy)?
Buccal fat pads intensify with the structural fullness of the facial area and lubrication in the process due to weight gain with aging. As a result of this situation, an appearance with chubby cheeks and U-shaped square facial features appears. With the bichectomy procedure, a minimally invasive technique used in aesthetic surgery for years, the Bichat fat pad (Buccal fat pad) is removed from the cheek. Thus, excess fat on the cheek is reduced. After the removal of fat from the cheek, which does not leave any stitches that impair the aesthetic appearance, the apple bones become more prominent and the jaw lines become more pronounced.
Who Is Suitable For Cheek Fat Removal (Bichectomy)?
The cheek fat removal procedure can be applied to any individual, male or female, over the age of 20, whose facial features are settled. However, this procedure is not recommended for morbidly obese patients. People who have cheek types that are not suitable for their facial features and body structure can have an aesthetic, sharp and triangular appearance with the cheek fat removal procedure. After the procedure, the facial features are made sharper and more prominent than before.
Ideal candidates for the procedure of removing fat from the cheek can be noted as follows:
- Having a convex, full cheek appearance
- A round and full face structure
- Having realistic expectations about the appearance of the cheek after the operation
- Those who want to rejuvenate and improve the overall facial appearance
What Should Be Considered Before Removing Fat from the Cheek?
It is recommended to quit smoking and alcohol consumption at least one week before bichectomy. Because for a quick recovery, it is important not to consume cigarettes and alcohol before the procedure. In addition, blood thinners should not be used before taking fat from the cheek. People who will undergo bichectomy should inform their doctors whether they have any chronic diseases and whether they currently use drugs or food supplements. In addition to these, it is necessary to inform the doctor about harmful habits such as allergies, previous surgeries, alcohol or tobacco use. Before the cheek fat removal procedure, two structures are evaluated.
Cheekbone size: If the size of the cheekbone is very small, a bichectomy may be recommended along with cheek filling or fat injection. .
Masseter muscle: Hypertrophic masseter muscles become more prominent after fat removal from the pad. During the procedure, an average of 2 to 4 ml of oil is taken with a maximum volume of 6 ml. The oral fat pad is the largest pad in the group, comprising 40 percent of its total volume.
How is Cheek Fat Removal (Bichectomy) Performed?
Cheek fat removal is a procedure that does not require hospitalization and is performed with local anesthesia or sedative support called sedation. Oral hygiene should be provided before the surgery. Because this will help reduce the infection problems that may occur. After the anesthesia has taken effect, small incisions are made on the inside of the mouth. Then, the excess fat accumulation on the cheeks is removed by pulling. The same procedure is applied to the other cheek. This whole procedure takes about 30 to 40 minutes.
What is the Healing Process After Cheek Fat Removal?
A compression bandage may be recommended to prevent bruising for at least 2 hours after the procedure. . After the cheek fat removal procedure, there may be some discomfort and some swelling at first; however, this will completely disappear in about a week. Normal pain relievers and anti-inflammatories are usually prescribed to overcome the discomfort. It is recommended that the patient rest on the day of the cheek fat removal procedure; The patient can continue his normal life the day after the procedure.
Swelling can be reduced by applying ice compresses directly to the cheek for 15 minutes every 4 hours for the first 3 days after the procedure. It may take several weeks for the final results of the procedure to appear. The results of the fat removal process from the cheek are permanent. As a matter of fact, although the recovery period is shorter in the cheek fat removal procedure compared to other surgical techniques, a certain recovery period will still be needed.