Slim and Define Your Cheeks

What is Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure that slims that face by removing the buccal fat pads in the cheeks. When you’re young, these fat pads provide volume and structure, creating a notable rounded appearance to your face. As you age, these pads diminish, and the cheeks become sleeker and more defined. In some people, these pads remain rounded and full, causing a “babyface” appearance even in adulthood. By removing the buccal fat pads, a plastic surgeon can reduce the appearance of your cheeks.

Why Sanctuary Cosmetic Center?

At Sanctuary Cosmetic Center, we provide a high standard of care for our patients. Dr. Rostami will work with you to develop a personalized plan and ensure a safe and effective procedure.

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Am I A Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

If you have rounded cheeks and want a slimmer, more defined look, you may be a good candidate for buccal fat removal. However, since the buccal fat pads play a crucial role in the aging face, buccal fat removal is not suitable for everyone. Dr. Rostami can carefully assess your cheeks to determine if buccal fat removal will be effective.

Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

The biggest benefit of buccal fat removal is a slimmer look to the cheeks. Many patients pursue buccal fat removal because they feel it makes them look younger or heavier than they really are, no matter their weight or age. Buccal fat removal can help you look more like yourself and feel more confident.

Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS

Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS

Medical Director and CEO


Soheila Rostami, MD, FAAO, FAACS, is the Medical Director and CEO of Sanctuary Cosmetic Center in McLean, Virginia. She is passionate about creating individualized…

The Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

Buccal fat removal can be performed with local anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Rostami places incisions inside the mouth so there are no visible signs of surgery. Once the incisions are made, she can remove the fat pads through these incisions before closing them with sutures. Afterward, you can return home to recover.

Buccal Fat Removal Results

It may take a few weeks for swelling to subside after buccal fat removal. During this time, Dr. Rostami will give you special instructions on eating and keeping your incisions clean. You’ll follow up with our team to ensure your results progress as needed. Within one to two months, you will begin to see significant changes in the appearance of your face. These results are long-lasting when you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about buccal fat removal, contact Sanctuary Cosmetic Center today. We conveniently serve the greater Washington, D.C. areas of Odrick’s Corner, McLean, Arlington, and Falls Church.

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Our private, accredited surgical facility offers you the opportunity for a comfortable, private experience with your procedure. You don’t need to worry about going to the hospital – instead, you can enjoy the amenities of our spa-like environment while you focus on yourself.


We look forward to seeing how we can help you achieve a new level of confidence. Contact our team to set up a private consultation and explore everything we have to offer at Washington, D.C.’s premier cosmetic provider.

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