Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC
Buccal Fat Removal
Many people are pleased with the appearance of their cheeks, but others, both young and old, are very self-conscious about the appearance of their cheeks. Most of these individuals complain their cheeks look round and chubby. The cause is cheek fat, known as buccal fat.

Buccal fat are pads of fat that augment the lower part of the cheeks. These "chubby cheeks" can result from a variety of conditions. Individuals who are overweight is one factor, while a genetic predisposition can also cause one to have round cheeks. Buccal fat removal, also called cheek reduction surgery, offers a solution to those who want to reduce the size of their cheeks.

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Am I a good candidate for this procedure?

In general, good candidates include:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations
  • Individuals who have a full cheek appearance

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

About the procedure

The procedure takes about two hours. You will be put under general anaesthetic. Dr. Jaggi will create an incision about 2 to 3 cm long between the inside of the cheek, starting above the second upper molar towards the back of the mouth. The incision exposes the fascia and fibers of the main cheek muscle. By applying pressure externally under the cheek bone, the buccal fat will protrude through the incision. The fat is then teased out with forceps or surgical tweezers. After a collective amount is removed, the incision is closed with dissolvable stitches.

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC


It is normal to feel pain and discomfort after undergoing surgery. With buccal fat removal, patients can expect swelling and difficulty chewing for a few days, up to a week. We recommend a soft diet for the first week. You should rinse with salt water the first week after each meal. It is normal to taste blood or have minimal bleeding the first three days after surgery. Most patients usually return to work in about a week following surgery. It is normal to have swelling for a few weeks after surgery.

It usually takes about four months after surgery to see the final results of the buccal fat removal procedure, which are permanent.

Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC

Preparing For Your Surgery

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding. Please arrange for a responsible adult to take you and pick you up from your surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.


Dr. Rick Jaggi MD, FRCSC
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