So, let’s start this proposition with a simple question: do you like your chubby cheeks? If you do, that’s great–there’s not much else you really need to do here. If you don’t like your chubby cheeks, however, you might be at a loss when it comes to planning your next steps. After all, you don’t really hear about plastic surgery procedures to get rid of chubby cheeks all that often.
Just How Can You Get Rid of Chubby Cheeks?
So how can you get rid of chubby cheeks if you don’t like the way they look on you? Well, just because you’ve never heard of these procedures before doesn’t mean they don’t exist!
There are, in fact, several surgical and non surgical procedures that can be used to slim down your cheeks. It’s always important to ensure you’re getting good medical advice when it comes to these procedures, so be sure to spend the necessary time to consult with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon. After all, you want to ensure that your results contour naturally with your face. That’s why many procedures designed to get rid of chubby cheeks are somewhat (but not overly) subtle: you want to notice your results, but you don’t want them to look out of place. So how can you accomplish that?
Surgical Options for Removing Fat Around the Cheeks
In many cases, if you’ve been dealing with persistently chubby cheeks your entire life, you may need a somewhat specialized plastic surgery procedure in order to achieve the results you’re after. That plastic surgery procedure is usually referred to as a Buccal Fat Removal procedure. It’s not exactly a catchy name, but it is an apt one.
That’s because the vast majority of fat in your cheeks is located in this one little area–it’s called the Buccal pad. The buccal fat pad, much as it sounds, is essentially a particularly stubborn deposit of fat located within the cheek (sometimes extending up into the temporal region).
Because of how it’s placed, removing fat from the buccal pad is a little more complicated than a simple liposuction procedure. In most cases, surgeons will go in through an incision and use a scalpel to remove the desired amount of fat from the cheek. Often, this technique is also accompanied by liposuction to some degree, even if it’s just to get the contouring just right. Buccal fat removal can lead to significantly slimmer cheeks and a more athletic looking jawline. For some patients, that can be exactly what they’re looking for.
Non Surgical Options for Removing Fat Around the Jawline
Sometimes it’s not your cheeks that are the problem. Sometimes it’s your chin. There are many patients who feel quite self-conscious about the way their chin looks (and this can influence how you feel about your cheeks). But there are ways to minimize your chin without needing to undergo surgery.
In fact, these days, all it takes is a little injectable, and that injectable’s name is Kybella. While Kybella’s been around for a number of years now, it still often sounds like it’s too good to be true. An injection that gets rid of fat?
But that’s exactly what happens. Currently, Kybella is only approved for use in the submental area of the face–that is, it’s only approved treatment is of the double chin. But it’s difficult to imagine it staying that way. There may come a time when Kybella is approved for use in the cheeks as well (though, to be clear, we have not yet reached that day–such approvals usually take a considerable period of time).
Ask About Options
To be sure, you’ll likely have more options than a simple A or B choice. In other words, it won’t necessarily come down to either Kybella or Buccal Fat Removal. It’s entirely possible, if not probably, that you’ll have more options, as well. Indeed, even a procedure such as Coolsculpting could apply
So take the time to ask your surgeon about which way to get rid of chubby cheeks might work best for you. Although, that’s only true if you don’t like your chubby cheeks. After all, there’s nothing inherently wrong with chubby cheeks, aesthetic or otherwise. (They are also considered to be attractive in many cases–and a wide variety of cheek augmentation procedures also exist.)
But if you’re bothered by your chubby cheeks, you are going to have options that can lead to slimmer, more athletic and youthful looking features. The best way to find out more is to contact your local plastic or cosmetic surgeon to schedule a consultation.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over five years. This article was created in conjunction with the offices of Dr. Michael Ogilvie, a Chicago area plastic surgeon.