Can I Reverse A Buccal Lipectomy?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to ask if you are able to conduct buccal fat rejuvenation surgery.In a previous facial surgery,I had removed about 50% of my buccal fat and I would like to see if it’s possible to restore some of this fat in my cheeks. If there is any information you can provide it is much appreciated, thank you.

A: There are two autologous methods for buccal fat restoration or reversal, external fat injections and intraoral replacement with a solid fat graft. There are advantages and disadvantages with either approach. Fat injections are a scarless harvest and placement but their survival is not completely predictable. The solid fat graft method requires a donor site but the volume of the graft is more stable/predictable.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon