WHAT IS BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL SURGERY?
THE PROCEDURE – WHAT TO EXPECT
Once comfortable under local or IV sedation, Dr. Tuggle goes through your mouth to make a small incision in the inner cheek to remove the buccal fat. He isolates the buccal fat pad, which is not attached to the muscles, and extracts its fat. Next, he uses dissolvable sutures to seal the wound. Dr. Tuggle will send you home with a chin strap for support.
DOES A BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL HURT?
No. We administer the anesthesia of your choice to ensure you are comfortable the entire time. During the recovery phase, you may experience slight soreness and swelling but nothing that you can’t manage with pain medications prescribed by Dr. Tuggle. He’ll also provide you with a headband strap and a medicated mouthwash to prevent infection.
ADVANTAGES OF BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL
- No scarring
- Permanent results
- Quick treatment
- Minimal downtime
- More mature look, less baby face
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL?
Buccal fat removal will give you a slim and contoured profile. A buccal fat removal will not help if you are over twenty pounds overweight, if you have overdeveloped jaw muscles, or if you already have a very thin face. We suggest you come in for a consultation in which Dr. Tuggle will review your medical charts and evaluate your facial structure.
HOW FAST WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Due to the significant swelling caused by the surgery, your face will most likely remain full for a couple of weeks. And it may take three to six months for you to see actual results as your skin settles into place.
BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL AFTERCARE
- Have ice packs on hand to aid in minimizing swelling and discomfort. We recommend you apply ice packs throughout the day for 3 days and drink plenty of ice water.
- Stick to a soft, cool, non-spicy diet the first 24 hours while the incisions in your cheeks heal.
- Continue to wear the chin strap at night for the first two weeks.
Contact Dr. Tuggle to discuss your unique needs and a treatment plan tailored to your goals. We try to spend ample time with each patient to answer questions about risks, benefits, costs, and financing.
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BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL SURGERY
Pre and Post-Operative Instructions
Please read these instructions before and after your surgery? Carefully following these guidelines will help you get the best possible result. Take this information with you on the day of surgery to follow the instructions that day. If you have questions, contact our office. We want you to have a pleasant experience.
Preparing for Surgery
- Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications), Vitamin E, herbal supplements, or medicines containing these compounds and alcohol for two weeks before surgery. Acetaminophen (Tylenol or generic equivalent) and a daily multivitamin are OK.
- Refrain from smoking two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Nicotine and tobacco smoke delay healing and can cause scarring.
- Avoid sun damage two weeks before surgery. We recommend wearing an SPF 30 or higher.
- You get your prescriptions for after surgery (typically an antibiotic and pain med) on the day of surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before your surgery.
- Please arrange for someone to take you home from our surgery center? You may not drive or leave alone. Arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
- Plan to stay in the Albuquerque City area on the night of your surgery if you live more than an hour’s drive away.
On the day before Surgery
- On the day before surgery, you will receive a phone call informing you of the exact time to report to our surgery center.
Day of Surgery
- Do not eat or drink anything, including water, the morning of surgery. You may take essential meds with a sip of water 1 hour before the surgery appointment.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes. Short-Sleeved Shirt is required.
- Leave all valuables at home; do not wear jewelry.
- Do not wear any facial or eye make-up. Avoid nail polish.
- You may wear glasses but do not wear contact lenses.
- If you wear dentures, keep them in.
- Bring your ID and insurance card with you.
BUCCAL FAT REMOVAL SURGERY
Procedures can make you feel groggy for up to 48 hours after surgery. Grogginess can cause nausea and sometimes vomiting. Keep yourself hydrated with water, ginger ale, Gatorade, and electrolyte drinks. Eat a bland, soft diet (applesauce and broth, for starters).
- After surgery, you will have some pain and discomfort because of the surgery, which is to be expected and is controllable with pain medications (Tylenol or prescription pain medications only).
- Escalating, severe pain is not typical, and you should contact us immediately. Contact us or a medical professional promptly.
- Swelling is common after facial surgery. Swelling usually peaks at day three and subsides afterward. It is not uncommon for some minor swelling to last 2-5 weeks after surgery. Each patient experiences a different healing process.
- When resting, elevate your head above your heart to help decrease swelling for the first three days after surgery. A pillow or two is appropriate.
- Sleeping sitting up is unnecessary.
- One of the critical things after buccal fat removal is to avoid “sharp, fine granular foods.” For example, couscous or rice would not be a good choice. Tortilla chips would also be a poor choice. In contrast, fine, soft foods such as a well-blended smoothie or mashed potatoes can be examples of good food choices.
- Apply ice packs to the outside of your cheeks. Everyone will experience swelling after a procedure. Patients who are most diligent in their icing the first 48 hours after a procedure have less swelling.
- Use common sense, and if the skin is getting too cold, remove the compresses for approximately 20 minutes before resuming cooling. You only need to continue this process for waking hours.
- After every meal, you will want will complete an oral swish with the prescribed mouthwash. For the first five days after surgery, dilute approx. One ounce of mouthwash into a cup of water. Swish this around your mouth after every meal, and spit out. The goal here is to prevent any fine food particles from getting stuck in the incisions inside the mouth (this could lead to infection).
- After the 5th day, switch the mouth cleansing solution to lukewarm saltwater. Again, swish and spit after every meal and continue this until ten days post-procedure.
DON’T TAKE CHANCES! If you are concerned about anything you consider significant, call us at:
505-291-9600 Mon-Thurs 8-4, Fri 8-12.
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