Buccal Fat Pad Removal in LA

Buccal Fat Pad Removal Los Angeles

The buccal fat pads are located in the mid-face and are often associated with 'chubby cheeks.' They are a normal part of your anatomy, but can sometimes develop disproportionately, causing your cheeks to appear more full. Our plastic surgery center in Los Angeles specializes in a surgical procedure known as Buccal Fat Pad Removal in which a small incision is placed within the mouth to carefully remove the excess buccal fat. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis and requires minimal recovery.

Facial contouring surgery is now at the forefront of technology, allowing plastic surgeons to carefully sculpt genetic features of the face with minimally-invasive approaches such as Nano-Threads™ or lower face sculpting with buccal fat removal surgery. Buccal fat pad removal is a minor surgical procedure that sculpts cheek fat so that the lower face is not so prominent. This is ideal for men and women who desire a V-lift technique to tighten the lower face, jawline, and cheeks. 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is an experienced Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with an outstanding aesthetic eye. He performs buccal fat pad surgery with precise surgical technique to enhance the lower face contour and refine the upper cheek to jowl ratio. Buccal fat pad surgery is an advanced technique that can reduce jowl projection, enhance upper cheek fullness, and highlight the V-lift appearance of the face. 


Buccal fat removal is an excellent treatment for patients who have excessive jowling and fullness of the cheeks. Colloquially, one would consider these patients as having 'chubby cheeks.' Although the benefits of facial volumization are many, our office carefully selects those patient who have excessive fat to the point that it may overbalance the cheeks and mid-face. Once you schedule an appointment for buccal fat removal in our Santa Monica or Beverly Hills plastic surgery offices, you will have the chance to meet with Dr. Karamanoukian and discuss your surgical candidacy for the procedure. 



Many people feel insecure about having chubby cheeks. The goal of buccal fat removal is to thin the cheeks and give the face a more defined look. ——————————————— 🐹 Although a face that is naturally soft and filled out is considered youthful, some people find that their face feels too full, even chubby. The buccal fat removal procedure removes the buccal fat pad, located in the cheek hollow area. The size of the buccal fat pad varies with each individual patient. ——————————————— 💉 We use local anesthetic to numb the area, then we make a small incision to isolate the fat pad and remove the excess buccal fat. The patient is awake during the procedure. ——————————————— Buccal fat pad extraction surgery is typically not performed in people with thin, narrow faces as removal of the fat may cause the face to look more gaunt with age. ——————————————— You may be a good candidate for buccal fat removal if: 1️⃣ you are physically healthy and at a stable weight. 2️⃣ you have realistic expectations 3️⃣ you are a nonsmoker 4️⃣ you are bothered by the appearance of your chubby cheeks ——————————————— 🤕 This procedure has minimal downtime. ——————————————— If you are interested in buccal fat removal, give us a call at: ☎️ (310) 998-5533 or send us an email at: 📧 kareskin.am@gmail.com to make an appointment ——————————————— 💙Hope to see you soon!💙 ——————————————— Montana Avenue Center 804 7th Street Santa Monica, CA 90403 Raffy Karamanoukian, MD FACS Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Kare Plastic Surgery & Skin Health Center

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Most patients undergo Buccal Fat surgery in an outpatient setting in our Santa Monica or Beverly Hills plastic surgery practices. Once the surgery is complete, you will remain in the recovery area to assess the degree of swelling. Most commonly, patients will have only mild to moderate swelling immediately after surgery.
We encourage patients to avoid strenuous activity, keep the head elevated, and massage the cheeks daily to reduce swelling. Pain and discomfort is usually minimal after surgery, rarely requiring analgesics.
Dr. Karamanoukian carefully places one single dissolvable stitch on each side and these dissolve on their own within a few days after surgery. Our office will schedule a post-treatment follow-up appointment after surgery. 


Our clinicians are experienced in Buccal Fat Removal surgery and can optimize your results with superb clinical skills and a comprehensive approach to care. We offer consultations in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Please call (310) 998-5533 to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian.

Non-Surgical Facial Sculpting

The aging face goes through many transformations as the skin and soft tissue begin to sag and the lower face overwhelms the upper face in terms of contoured proportions. These characteristic changes are influenced by sun exposure, genetics, and the influence of factors that can reduce skin resiliency. A very popular procedure involves to recontouring the upper and lower face in order to achieve a V lift; which sculpts the lower jawline and neckline and enhances the upper cheeks. Although these procedures can be performed with a mid facelift or facelift, there are strategic nonsurgical treatments that may also help.
Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face and body. He is most known for developing a meticulous and highly desired cosmetic technique known as the Foxtail™ Eyelid Lift which can improve the eyelids and face. These treatments can be combined  with non-surgical lifting to reach a desired cosmetic goal. Dr. Karamanoukian is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an expert in facial sculpting and cosmetic plastic surgery.
Among the most definitive procedures for upper face volume is the diamond cheek lift which uses hyaluronic acid dermal fillers to enhance the convexity of the upper cheeks and zygomatic arch. This treatment begins to define the upper boundaries of the face and complements the svelte and contoured appearance of the jawline and neck. A diamond cheek lift is performed using a combination of hyaluronic acid fillers at multi layer depth so that there's sequential volumization of the mid-face . Dr. Karamanoukian has continued to refine the techniques for the diamond cheeklift and use it in combination with a lower eyelid blepharoplasty or the Foxtail™ Eyelid Lift.