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Cheek Thinning Los Angeles

Also known as Buccal Fat Removal

While plump cheeks are often seen as a sign of youthfulness, carrying a cherubic appearance into adulthood can be a source of insecurity for many individuals. Cheek fat reduction with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Varkony provides patients with a more sculpted facial appearance, a better-defined jawline, and a generally leaner look.

Patients are typically delighted with their outcomes. Importantly, Dr. Varkony is extremely skilled at placing incisions where they cannot be seen.

To be a candidate for cheek thinning, prospective patients should be in generally good health and close to their target weight.

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For more information about cheek thinning in Los Angeles with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Varkony, call (818) 907-9090 today or reach out to us through the contact page.

Treatment Options

There are two types of treatments we offer to minimize the appearance of very round cheeks.


Buccal Fat Removal

The buccal fat pad is a small pocket of fatty tissue tucked below the cheekbone that affects how full an individual’s cheeks appear. In a buccal fat removal surgery, Dr. Varkony removes the buccal fat pads through a tiny incision made on the inside of the mouth. Studies have shown that removing overly large fat pads can significantly improve an individual’s facial structure in terms of traditional standards of appearance.


Facial Liposculpting

With facial liposculpting, Dr. Varkony will slim down the cheeks, removing unwanted fat below the skin through gentle liposuction. As the skin heals, the new contours will gradually take shape.

Benefits of Cheek Thinning Procedures

Increases definition of the jawline

Reduces the chubby, child-like appearance of cheeks

Slims and contours face shape

Minimizes puffiness


Patients can expect to make a full recovery from a cheek thinning procedure within three to four weeks. Mild swelling or soreness is typical and can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Buccal fat removal patients may also need to be on a liquid diet for the first few days following the procedure to ensure the best results.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cheek Thinning

How long will the procedure take?

A cheek thinning procedure can take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour depending on several factors, such as the type of treatment and amount of fat that needs to be removed.

Are the results of a buccal fat removal procedure permanent?

As long as the patient maintains a reasonably stable weight, the procedure provides long-term results. However, if a significant amount of weight is gained, cheeks may increase in size or volume again despite the surgery.

Who’s a good candidate for a cheek thinning procedure?

Candidates should be in good health and be near their target weight with enlarged or full cheeks. For individuals interested in facial liposculpting, patients should have skin with good elasticity.

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