Cheek Fat Removal - Dr. Richard Parfitt
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Cheek Fat Removal

Wisconsin Cheek Fat (Buccal Fat Pad) Removal


Buccal fat are pads of fat that enlarge the lower part of the cheeks. These “chubby cheeks,” or “chipmunk cheeks,” can result from a variety of conditions. Overweight is one, while a genetic predisposition can also cause one to have round cheeks.


Buccal fat pad lipectomy offers a solution to those who want to reduce the size of their cheeks. A buccal fat removal procedure removes excess fat from this area, which will slim the cheeks and contour the face. This can help people achieve a more chiseled appearance.


As with any elective surgical procedure, realistic expectations and good health are prerequisites. Men and women can both benefit from a buccal fat pad lipectomy procedure. An individual with excessive fullness in the lower cheek area may be an ideal candidate for a buccal fat removal procedure.


Your consultation with Dr. Parfitt will help you decide on the type of surgery that best addresses your concerns. He will determine if buccal fat pad removal is the best procedure to achieve your facial harmony.


If you are interested in cheek fat removal surgery, your choice of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon is extremely important. During your consultation, Dr. Parfitt will examine your facial anatomy and also obtain a medical history, so he can consider any medical conditions that may heighten any risk. Dr. Parfitt will weigh other factors that could influence the results of surgery such as skin type, age, ethnicity and your expectations of surgery. Once you and Dr. Parfitt arrive at a mutual understanding and trust, he will tailor a treatment plan that is best suited to you.


At your consultation you will receive detailed information of the following:
– Surgical procedure(s)
– Technique indicated
– Type of anesthesia
– Risks involved
– Middleton/Madison on-site surgical facility
– Additional surgery recommendations
– Scheduling and booking options
– Financing policies
– Surgical quote of costs involved


The buccal fat pad lipectomy procedure will be performed at our Middleton on-site surgical facility. Under IV sedation an incision is made on the inside of the cheek. The incision exposes the fascia and fibers of the main cheek muscle called the buccinator. By applying pressure externally under the cheekbone the excess fat will protrude through the incision for easy removal by Dr. Parfitt. After the excess fat is removed, the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures.


With cheek fat removal, patients can expect swelling and bruising. This will result in a tight and tender sensation that may last several weeks. You may be instructed to rinse with a mouthwash or an antiseptic solution several times a day.


An in-office appointment on day 6-post surgery is done to check the progress of healing and remove any sutures that did not dissolve on their own. A restrictive diet is required until this time. Patients should avoid eating highly acidic foods such as tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit and cherries. These foods can irritate the incisions. Patients should also avoid foods with high bacterial levels, such as rare meats.


Most patients usually return to work a week following surgery. It can take up to four months after surgery to see the final results of the buccal fat pad removal procedure. All patients are required to follow the post-operative instructions to ensure better healing and to reduce any possible complications.



Whether you are having surgery for cosmetic or functional reasons, choosing a qualified and certified Facial Plastic Surgeon is of paramount importance. Dr. Parfitt is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, which means he has extra years of surgical and reconstructive training. Dr. Parfitt has dedicated his entire private practice to cosmetic facial plastic surgery. Dr. Parfitt has over 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, specializing only in cosmetic procedures of the head and neck. When making your decision to have surgery, you can ensure that he is highly qualified and a skilled expert to perform your chosen procedure.


Where can I have a consultation with Dr. Parfitt?

Consultations with Dr. Parfitt can take place at either of our office locations in Middleton or Appleton, Wisconsin. If you are an out-of-town patient, Dr. Parfitt offers Skype virtual consultations. If you are interested in a consultation about facial cosmetic surgery with Dr. Parfitt, please call our office at 888.389.3223 or contact us online.


How long are the results from a buccal fat pad removal procedure?

It can take up to four months after surgery to see the final results and the results are permanent.

When can I return to work after surgery?

Most patients usually return to work a week following surgery.

What can I do to achieve the best results?

The combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures performed at Parfitt Facial Cosmetic  Surgery Center and AestheticA Skin Health Center will improve the overall appearance with a refreshed, younger look, but the skin texture and longevity are also very important and can be enhanced with nonsurgical treatments and skin care.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Twilight anesthesia, also known as IV sedation, is used. All facial surgery procedures are performed at our Madison on-site surgical facility.

Will my scars be visible from a cheek fat removal?

There is no visible scarring.

Is there pain involved with buccal fat pad removal?

Although pain is minimal, discomfort is part of the recovery process from a cheek fat removal surgery. Over the counter pain medication may be provided if needed.

What is the cost of cheek fat removal in Wisconsin?

The cost of buccal fat pad lipectomy surgery varies depending on the techniques and the amount of correction needed for the procedure. Depending on a patient’s facial anatomy, a variety of factors go into achieving an realistic and excellent result. A surgical quote will be presented during your consultation. If you are interested in a price range for a specific procedure, please call Dr. Parfitt’s Surgical Coordinator, Angela at 888.389.3223.


Facial plastic surgery with Dr. Richard Parfitt can make it possible to correct many undesirable facial features that can often undermine one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. If you would like more information or are interested in a facial cosmetic procedure, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Parfitt at one of our Wisconsin office locations in Madison or Appleton by calling 888.389.3223.