The operation is carried out through a short incision on the inner cheek inside the mouth.
These incisions usually heal very well and the scar will not be visible.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia or under local anaesthesia with total intravenous sedation. Some patients may prefer an overnight stay in hospital after the operation, but this is not strictly necessary.
Complications are RARE, but you should be aware of them so that you can make an informed decision.
Every operation carries with it the risk of bleeding, infection and delayed healing, all of which may require urgent or early reoperation.
In addition, there are risks that are specific to buccal fat reduction.
The reduction in cheek fullness is unpredictable as the size of the buccal fat pad varies and there may be asymmetry in the result. Very rarely, internal scarring may produce a dimple visible on the outside skin.
There may be nerve injury, though it has to be emphasised that this too is extremely rare.
During the recovery period it is necessary to refrain from exercise, as well as driving until you are confident you can perform all necessary manoeuvres safely.
Our practice nurse will be in close contact by telephone whilst you are recovering at home and you can contact us as often as you wish.
You will usually be seen in the clinic one week and then one month post treatment.
In the longer term, you are welcome to see Mr Ng for a check up at any time and all follow up appointments are free of charge whether they be at 1 month or even 10 years post operatively.