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Buccal Fat RemovalIn Nashville

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Do You Wish for the Sculpted Cheekbones of a Model?

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Have you always had fuller cheeks than you would like? Do you envy those models and actresses with prominent cheekbones? If your cheeks were just a little less rounded, would your facial features be improved? Nashville buccal fat removal surgeon Dr. Kate O’Connor, is an extensively trained and skilled facial plastic surgeon and member of both the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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What is Buccal Fat Removal?

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Buccal fat removal, or cheek reduction, is a surgical procedure that removes buccal fat pads from your cheeks. Buccal fat pads occur naturally between the muscles of the face in the area just under your cheekbones.

These fat pads give cheeks their roundness. Buccal fat removal takes these fat deposits out through incisions into your cheeks from your mouth. Buccal Fat Removal is one of the most requested cosmetic facial procedures. It has been around for ages, frequently done with other cosmetic surgeries such as facelifts, rhinoplasty, chin implants, and lip augmentation. Only recently has it become a stand-alone surgery, mainly due to the publicity it has received from celebrities and fashion models.

Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

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Although full cheeks are often a sign of youth, for some, roundness is undesirable. Buccal fat removal is a relatively straightforward procedure resulting in increased hollows in the cheeks. The removal of these pads turns “chipmunk cheeks” into “celebrity cheeks.” A face that seems too broad will be narrowed, making facial features appear more balanced. With buccal fat removal, the jawline will appear more prominent, and the whole face will look more sculpted. Since the procedure is done through the mouth, there is no visible scarring.

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Am I a Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

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Both weight and age can determine if you are a good candidate for buccal fat removal. Round cheeks can be caused by excessive weight rather than just fat pads. If this is the case, you may not see much improvement unless you are not more than 20 pounds from your ideal weight. It is part of the aging process to lose fat in the cheeks. That loss increases every decade.

Paradoxically, in some patients the buccal fat pad can become more prominent with age as it moves from its normal position due to gravity and changes in tissue quality. It can lead to even worse jowls and "pouchiness" of the face. Conservative buccal fat removal can help reverse this subtle tell of aging. For anyone who wants a more balanced facial appearance in Nashville buccal fat removal can achieve your goal and is available by visiting Dr. Kate O’Connor at Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery.

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What Happens During Buccal Fat Removal Procedures?

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Dr. O’Connor will first spend time listening to what appearance you want. She will outline the procedure and what you can expect.

You will be given your choice of anesthesia ranging from local anesthesia to degrees of twilight anesthesia. An incision is made inside the mouth on the inside of the cheeks. Dr. O’Connor will locate the fat pads and extract them. She will then close the incision with dissolvable sutures. If you have buccal fat removal surgery during a facelift, the incisions in the mouth will not always be necessary. The procedure often takes less than 30 minutes unless it is done in conjunction with other treatments.

What Can I Expect During Recovery from Buccal Fat Removal?

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You will be given complete instructions on caring for your incisions once you are home. Dr. O’Connor will provide a special mouthwash to use to prevent infection. You may have to eat a soft liquid diet for a few days and then soft foods for a few more. You can expect some swelling and bruising, but most will not be visible since the incision is through your mouth. Full buccal fat removal recovery usually takes a few weeks.

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Dr. O’Connor strives to offer the best buccal fat removal Nashville has to offer. She focuses on an integrative approach to recovery that will improve your healing appreciably. The therapies she uses, such as facial massage, supplements, and acupuncture to speed up the healing process and reduce discomfort. If you are looking for buccal fat removal in Nashville, Kate O’Connor, M.D., will give you the results and the lean model-like appearance you want.

What Results Can I Expect from Buccal Fat Removal?

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It may take several months for you to see the final outcome of your buccal fat removal. It takes some time for your cheeks to settle into their new shape. You will notice that your face looks thinner, and you will have more prominent cheekbones. You will see a more contoured shape on your face. Since the results of the surgery deliver that high fashion, sculpted appearance you’ve been looking for.

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Why Should I Go to Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery for Buccal Fat Removal?

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If you are looking for buccal fat removal in Nashville, facial plastic surgeon Kate O’Connor, M.D., can reduce the roundness in your cheeks.

As one of the few female plastic surgeons in Nashville, she brings a feminine aesthetic eye to her practice. Recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service, you can be sure you are in the hands of a devoted surgeon who will help you look your best. Contact Dr. O’Connor for a consultation to determine if buccal fat removal is the solution for you.

When you decide to explore the surgical refinement of a facial feature, our goal at Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery is to begin your journey as a united team. We take our role in your care, happiness, and confidence to heart and strive to make your entire experience smooth and empowering. We will answer all your questions and help you understand your options to make the best decisions for yourself with a clear vision of your aesthetic goal in mind. We’re here to help you achieve your most confident self.

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