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Buccal Fat Removal 

Buccal fat removal is one of Dr. Antell’s favorite operations. Buccal fat removal in NYC slims down the cheeks in the midportion, which can give the entire face a more attractive look. Often by reducing the mid cheek, the cheek bones will appear more prominent, further enhancing a chubby, undefined face. Cheek fat removal is performed under local anesthesia with mild sedation, but there is no visible incision. Buccal fat removal can also be performed along with other procedures such as facial liposuction, a facelift, chin augmentation, or many other surgeries which Dr. Antell can discuss with you during your buccal fat consultation.

How Does it Work? 

An intraoral approach allows the removal of what is typically a teaspoon of buccal fat through a small incision hidden adjacent to the area near the top 2nd molar tooth. This may not seem like much excess buccal fat, but in the face, it is sufficient enough to contour the mid cheeks. Buccal fat removal in Manhattan is an outpatient procedure that takes no more than an hour to perform.

Doctors who try to criticize buccal fat reduction typically are not familiar with the procedure or are not trained in how to perform buccal fat removal. They will state that as one ages “you need that fat” because “old people all have sunken faces.” By that logic, we should not be performing liposuction on people’s thighs, as old people all have saggy buttocks. In selected patients, facial fat reduction is one of the best ways to lessen the baby face look that detracts from one’s appearance. Dr. Antell’s comfort with buccal fat removal stems from the fact that he has both a dental and medical degree. This gives him familiarity with the anatomy of the mouth area like the buccal fat pad that many other doctors lack.

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Are There Any Risks? 

Risks and complications occur with all surgery. However, the complication rate with cheek fat reduction is very low. It is important to rinse your mouth after every meal following buccal fat removal for up to a week or more to prevent food from trapping on or near the incision. We also recommend that one avoids eating hard foods, such as apples or nuts to prevent disruption of the tiny incision line from your buccal fat surgery.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

The COVID-19 epidemic has created unprecedented circumstances for our community. Our practice has been paying close attention to the guidelines put in place by the government and the CDC and we want to reassure you that, as always, your health and well-being is our primary concern.

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We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. Our preventative measures include:

  • Fully training all staff members to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
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  • Asking every patient to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms and inquiring about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing, as this continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is something that we have always constantly done, we are now doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Constantly sanitizing all surfaces (which we have always done as an accredited facility). However, we have now increased this routine and are wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities multiple times each day.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this country even better than it currently is. We are closely monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will update our practice’s guidelines as needed to protect our patients.

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