What is Bichectomy? (Cheek Thinning / Buccal Fat Removal)

The facial area may become excessively fat over time due to aging or when we gain weight. With the procedure of fat removal from the cheek, excessive fat on the cheek can be removed and the face can be restored to its old appearance.

Buccal fat removal is a permanent solution to reducing the size of your cheeks. Once fat is removed in any area of the body, it does not come back, and that is true for buccal fat removal surgery as well.

Thanks to the thinning of the cheeks, many people, including Hollywood stars, have achieved the look they want. In fact, cheek aesthetics (bichectomy) has begun to be called the “Hollywood cheek” for this reason.

It is possible to create an inverted triangle image with the fat taken from the cheek. Fat is taken from certain areas of the cheek to create an inverted triangle image. The removal of these fats does not cause any risks and problems.

Who Can Have Bichectomy (Cheek Thinning) Surgery?

Anyone who has thick, square or round face contours due to the fat in the cheek region can easily have this procedure.

Bichectomy is recommended to people with fattening only in the cheek region although they are not overweight so that they acquire proportionate and esthetic facial contours.

Is There An Age Limit For Bichectomy Surgery?

For this operation, which has become quite common in recent years in Turkey, the patients should be older than 20-25 years of age. Fat tissue on cheeks becomes more permanent as from this age. Therefore, cheek reduction should not be considered before completion of adolescence.

Process Before Cheek Thinning Surgery (Bichectomy)

People who will undergo surgery should stay away from blood thinners and medicines. The example given as a priority is aspirin. People using aspirin should not use this drug until 7-10 days before surgery. Otherwise, the surgery will not occur. In order for the bichectomy surgery to take place, the person is asked to do blood tests first.

The cheek structure of the person is examined and the fat tissue is analyzed. Performing the cheek aesthetic operation in this way allows the person to get the most efficiency from the surgery. In this way, it will be possible for the person to get the desired appearance in a short time. When a positive result is obtained, the person is deemed suitable for surgery and the operation begins.

Things to Consider Before The Surgery

As in all plastic and aesthetic operations, it is recommended to quit smoking and alcohol use at least 1 week before bichectomy. This is very important for the healing process to go faster.
In addition, drugs with blood thinning properties such as aspirin should not be used before the operation. Apart from these, the plastic surgeon who will perform the operation should be informed about the drugs that are used regularly.

Things to Consider After The Surgery

  • Since there are small stitches in the mouth, solid food should not be consumed on the first day.
  • On the first day of the surgery, the patient may have difficulty in chewing, and chewing may damage the stitches.
  • After feeding with liquid foods on the first day, it can be switched to light solid foods from the second day and then solid food.
  • Mouthwash should be used for three days after the operation.
  • Care should be taken to clean the mouth in order to prevent infection. Within a few days, the stitches on the cheeks dissolve and disappear. Thus, all the tenderness in the cheeks ends.
  • It is normal to have edema and swelling around the operation area that may last 15-20 days after cheek aesthetics. Swelling and edema are kept to a minimum with ice packs.

What Is The Price of  Bichectomy in Turkey?

The cost of bishectomy (cheek reduction) surgery varies depending on the patient’s condition and the procedure to be performed. Contact us for further information and price details.

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