Can I Put Fat Back After A Buccal Lipectomy?

Q: Dr. Eppley,After a few months after my buccal lipectomy I am thinking I want to reinsert fat back into my buccal area. Just not satisfied with the look, my face just looks too skinny.  I probably just should’ve went with the buccinator myectomy and perioral mound liposuction initially, can’t change the past and can only move forward.  My question is how to reinsert fat back into the Buccal area and how many ccs of fat is needed to fill the area back up properly? Thanks

A: There are two ways to restore buccal fad pad volume which is in the 2cc to 3cc range, fat injections or the insertion of en bloc (solid) fat graft back into the buccal fat pad space. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Usually the latter is more effective as it puts the volume directly back into where it was initially removed.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana