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Buccal Fat Removal for Cheek Reduction

The buccal fat pads in the cheeks create chubby cheeks when you are a child but usually dissipate in adulthood to create a more angular face. However, some adult men and women retain more fat in their cheeks, hiding their cheekbones and facial contours. Dr. Maurice Khosh is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who offers buccal fat removal for cheek reduction and facial liposculpture at his clinic in NYC’s upper east side.

Chubby cheeks are cute when you are young, but most men and women want a more svelte appearance to their face in adulthood. A heart-shaped face is considered feminine, but too much cheek fat can make a face appear round or even square. For men, chiseled cheekbones and a strong jaw are masculine traits that are hidden when the cheeks are too heavy. Facial sculpting, or buccal fat removal for cheek reduction, can reshape the face for a slimmer, more angular appearance for men and women.

Is Buccal Fat Pad Removal Right for Me?

Like any plastic surgery procedure, buccal fat pad removal is not right for everyone. This procedure is best used for patients who have excessive fat in their cheeks due to genetics – it is not usually recommended to remove fat from weight gain. Dr. Maurice Khosh is a highly respected facial plastic surgeon who can help determine if a cheek reduction or facial liposculpture is the right procedure to create the look you desire. Good candidates for cheek reduction are healthy and will benefit from improved facial balance with cheek contouring.

Benefits of Cheek Reduction

If your face is chubby or you are tired of having chipmunk cheeks, buccal fat pad reduction may be the right procedure to reshape your face. If aging did not slim your midface as you hoped, a cheek reduction could reveal the angles and chiseled appearance you desire. Some of the benefits of removing excessive cheek fat include:

  • Slimming the face
  • Accentuating the cheekbones
  • Reshaping a round or square face
  • Creating a more angular, sexier facial appearance
  • Tapering the midface

If you want to contour the middle of your face and minimize the appearance of your childish cheeks, buccal fat reduction may be the procedure for you.

What to Expect

Buccal fat removal for cheek reduction is a discreet procedure that can create a more contoured, chiseled appearance to your face. Dr. Khosh can perform this surgery without general anesthesia – a local anesthetic can be used for less risk and quicker recovery. Incisions are made inside the mouth to access the cheek area, remove the buccal fat pads and perform any needed facial contouring. Since it is an intraoral surgery, there are no visible scars and only a few stitches on the inside of the cheek.

After the surgery, the cheeks and midface will be noticeably slimmer, but you can expect some swelling to remain for a few weeks; bruising is rare. As the swelling dissipates, the contoured, slimming effect will increase, revealing a more chiseled and angular appearance to the midface. The discomfort is usually very minimal, and most patients heal quickly after their procedure. The majority of patients recover completely within three weeks of their surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about buccal fat removal for cheek reduction, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maurice Khosh. During your consultation, Dr. Khosh can discuss the benefits of cheek reduction and whether this procedure can create the desired effect for reshaping your face. Call our office on the upper east side of New York City to schedule your appointment.

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What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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