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Excess fat located in the lower portion of the cheeks can give off the appearance of being overweight with overly full and rounded cheeks.
This is sometimes referred to as 'chubby cheeks’ or “baby face” and can create a less pleasing facial profile. Unfortunately, the hereditary condition of excess fat in the lower cheeks, which is called buccal fat pads, cannot be reduced by exercise or diet. For patients that are dealing with this unflattering condition, a cheek refinement surgery may be the answer.
This facial plastic procedure creates a more chiseled shape of the cheeks, enhancing the contours of the cheekbones, while bringing balance and proportion to the entire face.
Interestingly, this small correction can have profound beneﬁts to appearance and self-esteem of the individual.
- Enhances the contours of the upper and lower cheeks
- Surgery is safe and effective, and performed under local anesthesia
- Permanent results
- No visible incisions
- Combined in conjunction with other procedures for complete facial rejuvenation
Cheek refinement is a surgical procedure which help to reduce full rounded cheeks, and enhance and better define cheekbones, leaving patients with a slightly more chiseled look.
Good candidates are patients with:
- Both men and women
- Fatty face – “chubby cheeks”
- “Baby face appearance”
- Who want more chiseled appearance
Not good candidates are patients with:
- Not realistic expectations
WHAT RESULTS TO EXPECT?
During your consultation the surgeon will assess anatomy of your entire face. It is important to correctly diagnose the leading cause of chubby cheeks - excessive buccal fat accumulation.
This is important in order to be able to make proper surgical plan. All this will be discussed with you in details.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR TREATMENT?
Cheek refinement surgery is usually done under local anesthesia.
However, we also perform it in general anesthesia in case when it is combined
in conjunction with other procedures for complete facial rejuvenation. In any
case you will be instructed to take
- Laboratory testing – blood work, EKG, etc., which can be done in laboratory
of your choosing or in our OR center
- Medical evaluation by anesthesiologist in our OR center
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
Your surgeon will ask you about your past medical history, including medications you are taking, allergies, smoking habits, previous surgery and more.
In any case, to make surgery result better you need to stop smoking, both preoperatively and postoperatively for at least 2 weeks. Also, you have to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, warfarin sodium and other supplements as they can increase bleeding and bruising. Prior to surgery all patients should start with vitamin supplementation and homeopathic therapies to enhance healing after surgery.
It's important to understand all aspects of your cheek surgery. It's natural to be nervous about it, whether it's excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don't be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
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As a first step, medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. We perform cheek refinement surgery for most patients under local anesthesia and the procedure itself will take less than one hour. In cases where patients are doing more than one procedure, general anesthesia may be used.
We will begin the procedure by placing incision, inside the mouth, at the projection of the cheek. This way that are no visible incision and therefore no potential scars.
For this type
of surgery it is important to take into consideration that as we continue to
age, we naturally lose fat from our face. In line with that, he will remove
only the necessary amount of excess buccal fat which will allow for a slim and
more pleasing contour of the face and cheeks.
Incisions are closed with completely resorbable sutures.
The whole procedure takes around 2h with preparation. Shortly after the treatment you are able to go your home. We will provide each patient with simple post-surgical instructions. It is recommended that patients arrange to have a ride home following the procedure.
Time to heal
During the following day, you will come in clinic for a checkup, where we will ensure that everything is looking perfect and healing properly. Pain medication may be prescribed if needed.
Recovery following a cheek surgery involves little to no downtime. Some patients may experience minor swelling and bruising which will subside on their own over the first few days of recovery. The recovery involves little to no pain or discomfort and most patients can return to work the very next day.
The results of the surgery will be permanent and will be visibly seen immediately following the procedure. The full results of the procedure will be visible once all swelling goes down.
Cheek surgery is individualized, taking care not to distort other structures and to avoid an unnatural "hollow" appearance.
The most common side
effect of the surgery is minor swelling and bruising, which subsides in few
days. Other potential risks and complications
of the surgery are extremely rare, especially in the hands of a qualified
surgeon, but include:
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Skin contour irregularities
- Anesthesia risks
- Unfavorable scarring
- Pain, which may persist
- Possibility of revisional surgery
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
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MEET THE TEAM
PETER JFM LOHUIS, MD PHD
BORIS FILIPOVIĆ, MD PHD
BOŽO GORJANC, MD
SANJA ŠKOPAC, BEAUTICIAN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
· Recovery period is usually only few days and you may start doing your daily routines as soon as the following day.
· When complication happens, two things are important – to immediately identify the complication, and to prompt treatment.
· Depending on the type of the complication the treatment will defer from secondary surgery, to just reassurance.
· It is important that you trust your surgeon to make the decision about what is best for you in that situation.
· The results of your cheek surgery are immediately visible.
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