During your facelift surgery, your facial plastic surgeon will focus on tightening and smoothing the area of the lower face by addressing issues with the skin, fat cells, and underlying tissues. He will aim to create a better contour to your profile, with a refined silhouette of the chin, jaw, and neck. For patients with buccal fat in the lower cheeks, this smoothened contour will be hard to achieve without addressing it. After all, a refined chin and jaw may seem unnatural when compared to the remaining puffiness of the lower cheeks as a result of buccal fat.
Buccal fat removal can be paired with your facelift surgery to help reduce the presence of excess fatty deposits in the lower cheeks. With this fat removed, your facial plastic surgeon can then focus on the aging symptoms that may also affect the lower face. After the buccal fat has been reduced, your surgeon will tighten the underlying tissues to support a more youthful appearance and contour. Any excess fat cells can be removed from around the chin and jaw as needed to create the patient’s desired results. Finally, the skin will be tightened to create a smoother and more youthful contour. The excess skin will then be removed and your sutures will be closed.