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Why is cheek reduction done?

Cheek reduction is a cosmetic surgery done to reduce the size of the cheeks by removing the fat pads that augment the lower part of the cheeks.

 

How is cheek reduction done?

  • An incision about 2 to 3 cm long is created between the cheek and gums, starting above the second upper molar towards the back of the mouth to expose the fascia and fibres of the main cheek muscle.
  • The buccal fat is made to protrude through the incision by applying pressure externally under the cheek bone
  • Sufficient fat is teased out with forceps or surgical tweezers and the incisions are closed

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