Cheek reduction surgery – also referred to as buccal fat removal – can help define your cheekbones and create an attractive facial appearance. Plastic surgeons work to remove buccal fat pads that conceal the cheekbones and cause plumpness. Many patients who receive this procedure enjoy a more chiseled and well-contoured mid-face that improves their self-image and boosts their confidence.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers cheek reduction procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Christopher goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state-of-the-art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Is Cheek Reduction right for me?

While facial volume is often viewed favorably, many people feel that too much of it can detract from a desirable facial appearance. Cheek reduction – also referred to as cheek fat removal – is a cosmetic procedure designed to achieve a contoured and thinner facial profile. You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have stable weight or are close to your ideal weight goal 
  • You are dissatisfied with cheeks that are excessively chubby 
  • You are a nonsmoker or have stopped smoking in readiness for this procedure 
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure 

When you visit Dr. Balinger for your first consultation for a buccal fat pad removal procedure, the surgeon will listen to you and examine your face before letting you know whether this surgical procedure is for you.

Your Buccal Fat Removal Consultation in Houston

During your first buccal fat removal consultation, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. 

The surgeon will also examine your lower face before moving forward to the next step. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Balinger’s office – is an opportunity to learn more about what this treatment entails, and what you can expect from the procedure.

Buccal Fat Removal VS. Cheek Resculpting

Many patients wonder what the difference is between buccal fat removal and cheek sculpting. In a cheek sculpting procedure, the surgeon will create an incision on either side of the inner lip. The bone will then be pushed inward or shaved down in order to create a new facial appearance. This procedure creates a more proportionate facial appearance and yields a permanent outcome. The goal of cheek sculpting surgery is not to dramatically change the patient’s appearance, but rather to achieve a balance that they are happy with. Fat removal buccal plastic surgery, on the other, simply aims to remove the buccal fat pad that leads to chubby cheeks and often a child-like facial appearance. The technique for buccal fat removal entails creating incisions inside the cheeks, through which excess fat is removed. The goal of buccal fat removal plastic surgery is to achieve a more mature-looking, chiseled facial appearance.

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Procedure Approach

Buccal fat removal is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited surgical facility. Before the procedure starts, local anesthesia will be administered in order to ensure your safety and comfort. 

The next step is to create an incision inside your cheeks to allow the surgeon to get rid of the buccal fat. Once the fat is removed, the incision is closed with absorbable sutures. Since the incision is placed inside the mouth, this cosmetic procedure does not result in any visible scarring. Buccal fat pad removal surgery takes about 1 hour to complete. Immediately after the surgery, you will be placed in an observation room for a while before you are allowed to go home for recovery.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform buccal fat removal procedures and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for cheek reduction, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

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Recovery After Your Buccal Fat Pad Removal

Buccal fat pad removal is typically a very quick procedure with very little downtime expected. You will experience swelling and bruising on the cheeks after the surgery. This however subsides on its own within a few weeks. The surgeon may recommend that you apply cool gel packs to the area after every 20 minutes within the first 48 hours. You will also need to switch to a soft diet during the first few days after this procedure as your mouth recovers. In many cases, patients are allowed to return to work and their daily schedule as soon as they are comfortable being seen in public. The surgeon will ask that you avoid strenuous exercises and anything that may elevate your blood pressure till you are fully recovered. Make sure to adhere to the surgeon’s precise post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy recovery. Dr. Balinger’s office is available to answer your questions and provide the support you need throughout the recovery duration.

Average Cost

$3,500 - $4,000

Procedure Time

1 Hour

Recovery Time

Shortly after the procedure


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Cheek contours are considered an attractive feature, yet some men and women have rounder, full cheeks due to a thicker buccal fat pad. Buccal fat removal is a procedure that removes some of the fat to contour the cheeks. Dr. Balinger offers buccal fat removal for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.

Plan Your Buccal Fat Pad Removal in Houston TX

Cheek reduction prices can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s cheek reduction patients can however expect to pay between $3,500 and $4,000 for this treatment. 

Health insurers typically do not pay for this procedure because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic treatment. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

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What is buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat removal is a type of cheek augmentation that contours and defines the cheeks. Buccal fat structure varies, and some people have more buccal fat below the cheekbones, giving the cheeks a rounded shape. For men and women who desire more contoured cheeks, buccal fat removal is a good option.

How much does buccal fat removal cost?

The cost of buccal fat removal can range from $3,500 to $4,000. This price covers surgeon, anesthesia, and hospital fees. Dr. Balinger explains the benefits of buccal fat removal to contour your cheeks in order to achieve the desired long term results. Every patient is unique. Should you decide to undergo cheek reduction surgery, Dr. Balinger will explain the exact cost to remove the buccal fat pads from your cheeks. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

How is buccal fat removal performed?

Buccal fat is a pad that extends from the temple area to just under the cheek bone. Part of the pad lies under the muscles of the cheeks. Buccal fat removal targets the part of the pad that is below the cheekbone. An incision is made inside the cheek to give Dr. Balinger access to the buccal fat pad without causing scars on the skin. He carefully removes small amounts of the buccal fat until he achieves the desired contours and face shape.

What is recovery like after buccal fat removal?

Recovery from cheek augmentation via buccal fat removal may take several months before you can see the full results of the procedure. The swelling may last up to three weeks, and this is when you will start to see the new contours of your cheeks. The incision that is made inside your mouth will also need time to heal, and this may take up to 10 days. You will need to eat a soft diet for the first few days after your buccal fat cheek augmentation to prevent infection.

How long will buccal fat removal results last?

The cheek area changes with aging and weight fluctuations. While you cannot stop the affects of aging, you can manage your weight with diet and exercise.

Having contoured cheeks is a highly desirable aesthetic feature for men and women. If you have round cheeks, you may be a good candidate for cheek augmentation via buccal fat removal. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers buccal fat removal for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free buccal fat removal consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.

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