How Effective Is A Buccal Lipectomy?
Q: Dr. Eppley, will a buccal lipectomy make a noticeable difference in the shape of my face? I am trying to get a shadowing effect below my cheek bones so I will have more of a male model look.
A: While the buccal lipectomy procedure has a controversial side as to its long-term facial aging effects (creation of the gaunt face), it is also importanbt to look at their upfront effectiveness as well. In most cases, a buccal lipectomy is a complementary facial reshaping procedure whose magnitude of effects differ based on one’s facial make-up. In a thinner and more skeletonized face, its effects are more visible but this is also the patient who is most predisposed to have sunken in cheeks later in life. In a heavier rounder face, buccal lipectomies often have a more minor effect and other procedures must be done around it to create a more visible facial reshaping effect. These are also the same patients that will not have a sunken in cheek look later in life. Opting for buccal lipectomies in facial reshaping must take into consideration the balance of early facial shape improvement versus potential detrimental long-term facial shape changes.
Dr. Barry Eppley