Buccal fat is the fat that is located deep within the cheek. This is different than the fat that develops later in life in the jowls and neck that is addressed with liposuction.
The buccal fat contributes to a round face in youth. With age, it begins to stick out about an inch behind the corner of the mouth as the existing fat pushes outwards. Neither of these create a very flattering facial contour.
To address the buccal fat it can be removed in the office or in the operating room. Through the use of local anesthetic, a small incision is made inside of your mouth. This allows the fat that is in the buccal compartment to almost herniate into the mouth. The fat is then gently removed and the incisions closed. There is a diet limitation for the first few days to minimize the risk of any infections, and then you can go back to your normal activities. Whether or not you are a candidate for fat removal can be discussed with Dr. Guy at the time of your consultation.