Buccal fat surgery is one of the best ways to get rid of excess fat of the cheeks. If you are willing to have a more boney looking face or want to make your jawline bolder, this surgery is perfect for you. But like other beauty surgeries, buccal fat surgery has it’s own side effects. In this article we will tell you what are they and what is the best way to take care of yourself during the recovery period after buccal fat surgery.
Intraoral fat, or cheek fat, is a type of deep fat which specialists call “buccal fat”. This fat causes the outer corner of cheeks to become full and hides the ridge of the cheekbones. The buccal fat operation removes the fat from the lower part of the cheek and makes the cheekbones appear prominent. Only a specialist doctor should perform this surgery; because if not, they wouldn’t be able to maintain balance in the face and maintain symmetry of the face.
Cheek fat has fetal origin and is not considered subcutaneous fat; so it’s amount does not change with weight gain or loss. However, the effect of surgery is more pronounced in obese people and the changes will be more dramatic. You can’t get rid of buccal fat with exercise or diet! And the only way to get rid of it is surgery. But buccal fat operation, like any other invasive method, has side effects that you should be aware of before taking action.
The surgeon will use sedatives or local anesthetics for this operation and there is no need for complete anesthesia. Buccal fat operation won’t take more than 60 – 90 minutes. And you will not feel any pain during the operation. You should be monitored by a specialist for a few hours after the operation; and whenever your specialist declares your general condition normal, you will be discharged and can go home.
In this operation, they use absorbable sutures and the wound will be inside the mouth. Therefore, there are no scars or stitches on the face. The surgeon will cut 2 to 4 cm inside the mouth in the upper part of the second tooth of the upper mill and then they’ll empty the cheek fat from this area. Be sure to go for a few sessions before the operation and ask your physician to give you a full explanation of the operation and care before and after.
This operation is a low-risk and low-complication method. However, we can’t ignore a series of possible side effects!
As we mentioned so far, postoperative care and recovery play a key role in achieving the desired result and reduce the risk of upcoming complications of buccal fat surgery. And if you don’t implement them properly, not only will you not get good results, but there may be serious damage to health; and you may get some rare complications of buccal fat surgery such as infection! But what does this postoperative care include?
In addition to postoperative care, preoperative care is also very important; and you must follow it properly to get a satisfactory result.
This operation does not require hospitalization, so you are discharged the same day and you can spend your recovery period at home. There is a possibility of bleeding up to two or three days after the operation at the site of the wound or suture. A few days after the operation, the suture inside the mouth disappears and no trace of it remains. Although some of the complications you experience after buccal fat surgery are normal, but they might be dangerous if they continue. So, be sure to see your specialist if you still feel pain, burning, or infection in this area after this time. You can control and reduce postoperative pain by taking painkillers. Talk to your physician if you feel severe or unbearable pain.
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