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Dr. Michael Morrissette
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Buccal Fat Pad Reduction

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Some of us, due to genetics, have what is often called "chubby cheeks" or "chipmunk cheeks." When the lower cheeks are full, it can create an unbalanced or rounded appearance to your face. A surgical treatment called "buccal fat pad reduction" is a type of cheek surgery that addresses this issue, reducing the size of the fat pad located under the cheek. The entire fat pad is not removed, just the quantity that will resolve the unbalanced appearance of the face. It is important that this surgery is performed conservatively, as removing too much of the pad can create an unnatural appearance in the future. We focus on facial surgeries that create a natural look.

Cheek Reduction Surgery for a More Attractive Face Contour

Upon initial presentation, your face is what is first noticed about you. If you feel that your cheeks give you a chubby appearance, buccal fat pad reduction may be the surgical treatment that is best for you. The goal of this facial surgery is to give your face a slimmer appearance, and to create more definition between the cheekbone and the cheek itself.

The cheek surgery, or buccal pad reduction, is performed with IV sedation in our outpatient surgery center. It is performed through an incision inside the cheek, with no visible scars. The incision will be closed with dissolving sutures (stitches). The surgery itself is a fairly simple procedure, and after healing, leaves your face with a more defined appearance. The results may not be immediately apparent, but become even more so as the swelling from surgery decreases. Many people will assume you have lost weight, as reducing the size of the cheeks creates a noticeable change in the contour of your face.

Buccal Fat Pad Reduction

Is Buccal Fat Pad Reduction Right for Me?

To determine whether you are a candidate for buccal fat pad reduction surgery or cheek reduction get a consultation at our practice in Ventura. Various health issues must be evaluated, including the following:

  • A full health assessment
  • A physical examination of your facial structure
  • A complete discussion with you about the look you want to achieve
  • An evaluation of any medications you are currently taking

Why Choose Dr. Morrissette?

Dr. Morrissette is not only a cosmetic surgeon, but is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. His two decades serving as a facial trauma surgeon have resulted in a comprehensive understanding of facial structure. This knowledge and experience allows him to create the natural looking results.

Your first step...

Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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