Do you want to slim your cheeks and sculpt your face?

Bichectomy, also known as buccal fat removal, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that consists in removing fat from the cheek to achieve more defined cheekbones, hollowed cheeks and a more prominent jawline. This procedure is performed by a surgeon under local anaesthesia. Due to the simplicity and its natural, aesthetic results of this surgical procedure, there has been a significant increase in its use in recent years.

If you are thinking of having a bichectomy, do not hesitate to make an appointment now with our specialist. We will study your case and propose a personalised solution according to your needs and expectations.

Treatment info

Information about bichectomy
Surgery duration30 min
Recovery24 hours
Effect1 week
HospitalizationNot needed

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What are buccal fat pads and why remove them?

Buccal fat pads are fatty structures that everyone has to a greater or lesser extent. They are located in the cheeks behind the masticatory muscles up to the temporal area.

When too prominent, these small masses of fat give the face a rounded appearance that makes the angles of the jaw unclear.

Buccal fat removal surgery will allow you to obtain a more defined face, refining the cheeks and thus giving them a less rounded appearance.

Who can get bichectomy?

Although it is mainly performed on women, this operation is suitable for both men and women who wish to slim their face and make their jawlines more defined.

It is particularly suitable for people who complain of having a round face.

Are there any contraindications to bichectomy?

Some faces, already too emaciated, are not a good indication for the operation. The same applies to patients who are very overweight and whose objective is to lose weight, as this can influence the final size of the Bichat balls and therefore the appearance of the face. Weight loss is therefore recommended before deciding on a good indication.

Refine your face permanently.

At Turó Park Clinics, we offer surgical removal of the Bichat's ball to refine and reduce the size of your cheeks.

Bichectomy treatment

How is a bichectomy performed?

It is a quick surgical procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis in-clinic under local anaesthesia. The procedure takes about half an hour.

The operation is performed through a small incision inside the mouth which allows the buccal fat to be removed safely, without creating external scars.

The procedure does not require any special pre-operative preparation, although oral medication is usually administered to provide light sedation and comfort during the procedure.

Slight swelling may remain for 2 to 3 days after the procedure. The final result can be seen as early as 15 days after the procedure in thinner faces and up to 3 months after the operation in rounder faces.

Our plastic surgeon specialising in bichectomy

Dr. Alejandro Mazarro

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Our answers to the most frequently asked questions about bichectomy

Does everyone have bichat's balls?

Yes, Bichat's ball is a natural fatty pocket located in the cheeks and present in everyone to a greater or lesser extent.

What is the difference between a bichectomy and liposuction of the cheeks?

While both procedures aim to reduce the size of the cheeks, cheek liposuction will only remove the fat directly under the cheek skin. It can therefore return if the patient gains weight. The bichectomy, on the other hand, intervenes on the fat located deep down, and is therefore durable.

What are the most common complications of a bichectomy?

There are few complications after a bichectomy. The most common are the appearance of haematomas. More rarely, paralysis of the facial nerve or accidental section of Stenon's Canal is possible, as is an infection.

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