Posted on May 25, 2016
Dr. W. Matthew White provides buccal fat removal surgery for patients looking to reduce cheek fullness, resculpt the lower facial contours, and create a more slender facial shape.
New York, NY – For many men and women, buccal fat volume in the lower cheek area can widen the appearance of the face, giving it a rounded or squared shape that conceals the natural facial structure and jawline. Often, patients with these cosmetic concerns seek the assistance of New York City facial plastic surgeon W. Matthew White, MD to achieve more sculpted and refined lower facial contours. According to Dr. White, buccal fat removal surgery is a relatively simple procedure that can effectively reduce unwanted cheek fullness directly above the jowls, creating more ideal facial proportions for many individuals.
Dr. White explains that the buccal fat pads are triangular structures of adipose (fat) tissue that extend from the temple to underneath the cheekbone to the back corner of the mouth. He goes on to say that, typically, the size of the buccal fat pads is determined by genetics, and the volume is rarely affected by weight fluctuation, often making surgical contouring the only viable method for reducing their prominence. Dr. White notes that buccal fat reduction surgery is most common among patients of Asian descent, as well as males and females in their 20s and 30s who desire a more slender, v-shaped facial contour.
The buccal fat reduction procedure is fairly quick, and since the incisions are made within the mouth to access the fat pads, Dr. White explains that there is no visible post-surgical scarring. He goes on to say that recovery after the procedure tends to be relatively easy for most patients, as incisions commonly heal rapidly and swelling in the cheeks usually dissipates within two weeks or less. Dr. White reports that after healing, the majority of patients are impressed by the significant improvement they have been able to achieve through such a minimal procedure. It is not uncommon for Dr. White’s patients to combine buccal fat reduction surgery with other procedures, such as liposuction of the neck or chin augmentation to further contour the facial profile and jawline.
Ultimately, Dr. White says that when performed by an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, buccal fat reduction can provide patients with an effective, relatively simple option for shedding facial fullness to reveal more refined facial contours and structure. Typically, he adds, the procedure assists his patients in gaining improved confidence by helping them overcome a challenging cosmetic concern.
Dr. Matthew White is a double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a leading authority on the topic of facial aging. He is currently the Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. White obtained his surgical training from Harvard Medical School and completed a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, as well as a Fellowship in Laser Medicine and Surgery at the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. White is a member of several professional associations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and the New York Facial Plastic Surgery Society. He is available for interview upon request.