Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal Fat Removal in The Woodlands, Texas, with Dr. W. Marshall Guy

Many patients want to have their faces reshaped in some way, but they do not necessarily know which method is best for them. While many patients choose dermal fillers, facelifts, Botox®, and other more well-known cosmetic solutions, there are other terrific options available that are just as effective and provide lasting results. Buccal fat removal is a fantastic option in which a surgeon will remove deeply embedded fat from inside of the cheeks to create a more balanced and pronounced facial structure.

 As an expertly trained and highly sought-after double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. W. Marshall Guy knows what it takes to achieve the best results from a buccal fat removal procedure. If you are looking for a doctor who will listen to your concerns, is easy to speak with, provides unparalleled service, and can achieve the best surgical results, Dr. Guy is the best option for excess buccal fat removal in The Woodlands, Spring, and Kingwood areas of Texas.

To learn more about buccal fat removal in The Woodlands, TX, please feel free to contact or call Dr. Guy Facial Plastic Surgery at (832) 956-1040 today!

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat is fat that’s located deep within the cheek. This type of fat is different than jowl and neck fat, which will develop later in life. While liposuction can address jowls and neck fat, buccal fat requires a separate procedure to remove it properly.

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 types of fat create a very flattering facial contour. Because of this, surgeons like Dr. Guy offer buccal fat removal (also known as cheek reduction surgery or buccal fat reduction) as a way to remove this deeply embedded fat to provide you with a more contoured facial structure.

What are the Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal with Dr. Guy?

Partnering with Dr. Guy means that you’ll gain much more than you would at a typical practice. Dr. Guy is a well-versed, highly qualified, and proven surgeon who truly values what his patients want to obtain from their procedure.

When you choose Dr. Guy for your buccal fat removal, you’ll enjoy several distinct benefits:

Guy is not only an expert at what he does; he is also very skilled at conveying information that will help you to better understand the scope of the procedure. He will take the time to fully educate you on your options and fill in the gaps of your understanding by answering any questions that you may have.

Guy’s expertise and natural ability allows him to provide the most natural-looking results.

Because buccal fat removal works by removing your fat, the procedure should last for a very long time, as long as you do your part to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Buccal fat removal also:

•Provides a more balanced facial appearance.

•Leaves no visible scars or incisions.

•Accentuates the jaw and other parts of the face that were previously hidden.

•Boosts self-confidence and self-image.

What Does a Buccal Fat Removal Procedure Entail?

Dr. Guy can remove buccal fat either in the office or in the operating room, depending on the extent of your particular situation. Using local anesthetic, Dr. Guy will then make a small incision inside of your mouth. This allows the fat that is in the buccal compartment to almost herniate into the mouth.

Dr. Guy will then gently remove the fat and close your incision site. After your surgery, you will be able to go home immediately. You will need to limit any strenuous activities for the first several days after surgery and will also need to restrict your diet for the first few days to avoid any risk of infection.

It's Your Time to Look Your Best!

Dr. Guy is a specialist in all areas of rejuvenation and reconstruction for the face and neck. As a double board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Guy knows that everyone ages differently and that there is no one size fits all when it comes to restoring a youthful appearance. From surgical options like a facelift to non-surgical options like Botox® and dermal fillers, there’s never a better time to look your best. 

Am I a Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

Although Dr. Guy will ultimately have to determine whether you are a candidate for this operation, there are some general criteria that you will need to meet:

  • You are in generally good health.
  • You have a realistic expectation for the procedure.
  • You are willing to have an extensive medical examination.
  • You are ready for surgery, mentally and physically.
  • You have excess inner-cheek fat.
  • You want to have the surgery for positive and healthy reasons.

Your Buccal Fat Removal Consultation with Dr. Guy

If you have determined that buccal fat removal may be the right procedure for you, the next step is to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Guy. Dr. Guy elaborate on the process in detail and equip you with the knowledge that you need to make a decision. You will never feel pressured to make a commitment by Dr. Guy or our friendly staff, as we only want the best for you.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Dr. Guy to see how buccal fat removal can change your life in a positive way, we invite you to contact us today!

Buccal Fat Removal FAQs with Dr. Guy

By design, buccal fat removal surgery addresses the concerns of adults who are worried about unwanted fullness in their cheeks. However, board-certified facial plastic surgeons typically do not recommend it for people who already have narrow faces, since removing cheek fat may cause naturally thin people to look gaunt as they age.

A buccal fat removal cost depends on multiple factors. We’ll give you an accurate price quote at your consultation. To make the cost of this surgery more accessible, we also offer financing options.

Some fat on your body responds excellently to exercise and dieting. Unfortunately, buccal fat pads are typically genetic, which means they’ll accumulate despite your best efforts. 

Cheek fat removal provides long-term benefits because once Dr. Guy excises the fat pads in your cheeks, they don’t come back. However, you should remember that future weight gain can impact your results.

Dr. Guy often hears this question.

Initially, swelling will probably obscure your ultimate outcome of buccal fat removal surgery. Be patient as your facial puffiness goes down and your cheeks gradually conform to their new, thinner shape.


It generally takes about a week to 10 days for the tissues inside the mouth to heal after buccal fat pad removal. You may need to stick to a soft or semi-liquid diet in the first week or so after your procedure. Compression at the surgical sites and eating a low-sodium diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables will accelerate the process.

Buccal fat pads are deep within the cheeks, so this procedure doesn’t significantly contribute to premature wrinkles, aging, and hollowed areas. Rest assured, Dr. Guy can combat volume loss and other signs of aging by treating the area with dermal fillers.

During the procedure, your cheeks will be numb from a local anesthetic to ensure comfort. Afterward, you should experience minimal pain, because Dr. Guy will prescribe medication to manage any soreness.