Renee Burke, MD
4 Executive Court
South Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: (847) 382-4400
Monday, Tuesday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Closed
If you are bothered by the appearance of rounded cheeks that make your face look too full and cause you to feel self-conscious, consider buccal fat removal. By surgically removing a small amount of excess fat in the lower cheeks, buccal fat removal subtly reshapes the face. At her Barrington plastic surgery practice, Dr. Burke performs buccal fat removal surgery. This procedure helps create more definition in the cheekbones, jawline, and chin, giving your face a more contoured appearance.
Excess fat in the cheeks is usually not related to weight but instead is a product of genetics. It is not something that can be treated with diet and exercise and must be addressed surgically. This is a common complaint among men and women of all ages and can easily be addressed with surgery. Using her expertise and advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Burke can reduce the fat pad in the cheeks, achieving a slimmer, more defined facial appearance.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Burke uses the latest techniques and technology to bring your vision to life. Her artistic eye and years of experience produce stunning results that enhance your natural beauty.
What to Expect From Buccal Fat Removal
Depending on your needs, Dr. Burke will create an individualized treatment plan to reduce the amount of buccal fat. During your consultation Dr. Burke will perform a full examination of your face, taking into account the elasticity of your skin, your ethnicity, and your bone structure to identify the best approach to help you look your best.
During surgery Dr. Burke begins with a small incision inside the cheek to avoid any visible scars on the face. The fat pad is then removed and dissolvable sutures are placed. The sutures dissolve on their own within a few days. The procedure is done under local anesthesia in usually under 1 hour.
Dr. Burke focuses on the pockets of excess fat in the lower cheeks and along the jawline, removing small portions of fat to create definition and contour of the cheeks, jawline, and chin. The results are subtle but effective to reshape the face.
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Recovery From Buccal Fat Removal
You may experience mild swelling and discomfort after surgery, but this should resolve within a few days. Using ice packs can help reduce the swelling and discomfort.
You will see initial results within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, with full results visible after 4-6 months.