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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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We hope this finds you and your family in good health during these difficult times. For those who may have suffered a loss, we extend our deepest sympathies.

As many of you know, we decided to shift our practice almost entirely to telemedicine when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Being located in the heart of New York City, we felt this was a necessary decision to help keep you and our other valued patients safe. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout the last few months as we navigated the new and unique challenges that this health crisis has thrust upon us.

We are happy to announce that we have resumed seeing patients for consultations, office procedures (including Botox and fillers), follow-up appointments, and elective surgeries. Please know that, as always, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the safest possible environment. With our own NYS registered and fully accredited operating room, we are able to perform all procedures in an environment that is clean, safe, and secure. Our office is following all recommended guidance from public health authorities, both local and federal, including best practices for hygiene, infection control, and office staff health. As a result, our office might look a bit different than it has on previous visits. We are implementing numerous new protocols, including limiting the number of patients we see each day, minimizing the number of people in our waiting room, and continually and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces and exam rooms to sanitize between patients. Please know that our staff will be utilizing the appropriate PPE to protect patients and themselves.

In order to keep our office a safe space for both patients and staff members, we are asking for your cooperation with the following:

  • Every patient must complete a screening questionnaire for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms prior to your appointment. We will be discussing these questions with you when we call to confirm your appointment. If there are any concerns, we may need to change your visit to telehealth.
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Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

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