Will The Buccal Fat Pads Grow Back After Buccal Lipectomies?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a question about buccal lipectomies to which I could not find the answer online. Since you are expert on buccal lipectomy and other facial procedures I know you would know. Can the removed fat pads ever grow back once buccal lipectomies are done. I know fat can grow back or go to other areas after liposuction fat removal so I am wondering if it is the same for buccal lipectomy facial fat removal?

A: The buccal fat pads are a unique collection of fat whose role is not a metabolic one. Once the main body of the fad pad is removed it is permanent and will not return with weight gain. The small volume of the buccal fat pads (3 to 6ccs) is not significant enough to result in a visible fat redistribution effect. (fat homeostasis)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana