How Are Buccal Fat Removal And Face Liposuction Different?

Over the last few years, it is safe to say that having a sculpted face has become a coveted feature. With the prominence of celebrities like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner and even Instagram filters giving users sculpted features, the look has been everywhere. To achieve it, people have tried face yoga exercises for more sculpted skin or use concealer to give a sculpted lift. However, while these seem to do the trick for some people, others have been looking for a more permanent solution.


To get a thinner face, individuals have looked towards surgical options to get more long-lasting results. The most popular procedures available right now include buccal fat removal and face liposuction to create a more chiseled appearance. While some people look at these options as interchangeable, they do have key differences. Who you are, what your problem areas are, and your ultimate goal for your face makes the ultimate decision on which option is right for you.

What is buccal fat removal?

When deciding which procedure you want (or if you want one at all), it's important to know how each works. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), buccal fat removal is perfect for people who want thinner cheeks. People who describe themselves as having fuller cheeks naturally may opt for this procedure, especially if the cheeks are the only place they feel comfortable with slimming down.


The process entails removing the buccal fat pad that is located in the hallows in the cheeks. It is important to note that this is a permanent procedure, and the size of the buccal fat pad varies depending on the person. This means it is best to not go into the procedure expecting to get the same results as someone else. The ASPS also states that if the person already has a naturally thinner face, this is not the best option for them. This is due to the fact that this will create a harsh look with age.

What is facial liposuction?

Facial liposuction is a completely different procedure than buccal fat removal. Instead of removing a whole fat pad through surgery, facial liposuction involves vacuuming fat cells in the face. According to Dr. Ivan Puah, you can accomplish a lot more with facial liposuction. He explains, "It can eliminate excess fat from jowls, jawline, chin, and upper neck. Not only does it help to reduce excess fat from these areas, but it also allows a skilled doctor to sculpt and re-create a more defined jawline and chin" (via Amaris B. Clinic). He goes on to say that, unlike buccal fat removal, if done right, facial liposuction can create a more lifted appearance to the face.


Dr. Puah also believes that what makes this a great option is there is more control over the amount of fat that can be removed from the face. With the varying sizes of buccal fat pads, there is no direct control, often leading to doctors taking too much fat from the hollows of the cheeks.