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Why Cheek Liposuction Can Help You Look Good!

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Cheek Liposuction is gaining popularity in the cosmetic surgery world. Our faces are one of the first places we tend to show age and weight gain. They are one of the features we are the most self-conscious about.

This cosmetic procedure is an approach to dealing with that unwanted fat and a way to achieve a more contoured and youthful looking appearance.

The buccal fat pad is located inside the cheek and as we age it collects in density and adds to the chubby cheek look. This is an area of fat that is hard to lose once it has accumulated. Cheek Lipo targets the buccal fat pads.

Like all medical procedures, there are risks, and recovery period. Prices for this procedure can vary greatly throughout the U.S.


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Are Cheek liposuction and Face liposuction The Same?

These two procedures differ in a few ways. With facial liposuction the fat that is removed involves incisions being made through the skin into the subcutaneous plane to gently remove the fat deposits from the undesired areas through application of negative pressure.

It is often used in combination with other plastic surgery techniques to achieve the desired outcome the patient is looking for. More scarring and a longer recovery period occur with this surgery.

With Cheek Liposuction the area that is targeted is the buccal fat pad which is located inside the cheek and the incision is smaller and inside the mouth. This approach allows the surgeon to reach the buccal fat pads easily and quickly. The procedure takes around an hour and is done under general anesthesia or conscious sedation.

Risks and Recovery Time

– The risks with cheek liposuction surgery includes possible limitations in chewing as part of the buccal fat pads’  function are to aid in chewing and sucking. If the procedure is done at an early age, say your twenties, as you age your face will thin out and you may be able to see scarring more easily.

– The more immediate risks for a person undergoing this surgery are swelling and bruising immediately following the procedure. This can last for a few days up to a week after you go home. Icing the area can help reduce the swelling and might help the bruising fade quicker. Make-up can hide the bruising until they disappear.

– Another risk is the psychological challenges a person faces when they wake up and realize they have forever changed. Sometimes the change isn’t what they had expected and they are now stuck with a face that may not be the improvement they had hoped for. That can lead to a whole different self-image problem than the one they started with.

– This is a permanent surgery.  The changes will be with you for the rest of your life. However, if you really do not like the outcome, you can always have another procedure to replace the fat deposits, but that surgery comes with its own risks as well.

– Make sure you fully understand the repercussion of choosing to have this procedure and all it entails before agreeing to go under the knife. It is a good idea to ask a lot of questions before the procedure and risk sounding stupid than to later realize you wish you had asked that one question that may have saved you from making a bad decision that altered your appearance in a way you didn’t realize you were agreeing to.

– One of the most common complaints from patients undergoing this type of surgery has been numbness in the areas near the incision lines. These areas include areas such as the jaw line and the middle of the cheeks. This happens due to nerve damage. It is uncertain if this will be permanent or not, but if this happens you should let your surgeon know. Nerve damage is always a risk with surgery no matter the type.

Recovery from Cheek Liposuction can take significantly less time than traditional liposuction.

– There is still a recovery period and it can vary from person to person.  It takes anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to recover. The incision area is between your cheeks and gums and is smaller but the area still needs to be kept clean and monitored for infections.

– Your surgeon will give you instructions for aftercare and what you need to watch out for. He will also be able to give you a better expected time for recovery based on his experience with his own personal patients.

Average Costs 

Just like with traditional liposuction procedures, Cheek Liposuction costs varies drastically across the country and most insurance companies do not cover it because it is strictly considered a cosmetic procedure by most of them. Prices can range from $1,500 – $8,000, This just covers the surgeon’s costs and does not including extras like anesthesia and other miscellaneous costs that can occur during surgery.

Luckily most reputed plastic Surgeons and their clinics have flexible payment plans that can help you accommodate the costs of this procedure. Finding the better prices may take doing a little homework and a few phone calls.

Read reviews on several surgeons, and make sure to call and ask for their pricing, what is included in the price, and what extra costs will be involved. The larger cities appear to have the more competitive priced clinics and surgeons. Also remember sometimes quality is something you pay for.

Bottom Line

This popular cosmetic surgery has earned its spot in the world of glamour and the rich and famous. Plastic surgeons everywhere are offering it as an option to quickly contour their clients’ faces to a thinner more youthful look.

It can be costly since insurances do not usually cover cosmetic surgeries such as Cheek Liposuction. To get their clients over the insurance hurdles most Surgeons or clinics offer payment plans, if you meet certain qualifications. If you are trying to make the decision if this procedure is right for you, make sure you have weighed the benefits against the risks before you sign the contract and agree to go under the knife!


DISCLAIMER: This article is for your basic guidance only. Always consult with your Doctor or a Specialist on everything