Buccal fat removal in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL

Slim and Contour your Face with Buccal Fat Removal


Introduction to Buccal Fat Removal

Buccal Fat Removal

Full facial features are one of the defining aspects of a youthful appearance. However, cheeks that are particularly filled out can cause people to feel self-conscious about their looks, feeling as if their face might be too large or that they might have a “baby face”.

If you’re unhappy with your cheek structure, a Buccal Fat Pad Removal at RL Center can help narrow out your facial features for a more defined look. As the top cosmetic surgeons in the area, patients receiving a Buccal Fat Removal in Chicago and Vernon Hills, IL can benefit from exceptional results.

Am I a candidate?

Treatment Type

Cosmetic Surgery

Treatment Time

30-60 Minutes


Local or General

Back to Work

7-10 Days

Total Recovery Time

4-6 Weeks

Duration of Results


# of Treatments


Treatment overview

Your buccal fat removal surgery in Vernon Hills will be performed in our accredited surgery center by a highly skilled plastic surgeon.

The treatment is minimally-invasive but relatively quick, lasting usually under one hour. An important part of your treatment process will be your initial consultation with our staff. With this consultation, we’ll gain a better understanding of your unique challenges and your goals for treatment.

Treated Conditions

Buccal Fat Pad Removal surgery can:

Decrease the size of your cheek fat

Improve definition of jawline

Create better facial harmony and balance


Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

Patients who have undergone Buccal Fat Removal surgery with Dr. Leonard Lu have noticed:

  • Increased confidence level
  • An enhanced natural looking profile
  • More narrow facial features
  • Improved jawline definition

How it Works

Your Buccal Fat Removal Consultation

At RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we are prepared to listen to your goals and your expectations of your surgery.

At the time of consultation, our providers will evaluate your general health status and discuss any health conditions or risk factors that may be a contraindication to surgery.

Dr. Lu will examine your face and discuss your options that will meet your expectations and likely outcomes of cheek surgery with any risks or potential complications.

We take the safety and results of your Buccal Fat Removal surgery seriously. Therefore, it is very important to understand all aspects of your cheek surgery. Be sure to ask several questions, perhaps have a prepared checklist of questions to ask Dr. Lu and his surgical patient coordinators.

Your Buccal Fat Removal Procedure

The procedure will start with your surgeon marking the areas on your lower cheeks.

The incisions for buccal fat pad removal are made on each side inside the mouth. The area is first numbed with a local anesthetic, and then a small incision is made on each side to remove the buccal fat pad. Finally, the incision is closed with sutures, which dissolve in 1-2 weeks.

Your Buccal Fat Removal Recovery

Following your procedure, you’ll receive a set of aftercare instructions to follow that will help you achieve the best possible outcome from treatment.

You will experience some swelling after the procedure which can be reduced by keeping the head elevated and using cold compresses. Pain is typically managed with over the counter medications. The full results from your procedure will take roughly 4 months to appear. However, since the fat is excised during the procedure, the results of buccal fat pad removal are long lasting.

Dedicated to your care

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Buccal Fat Pad Removal

 Buccal Fat Pad Removal near you

Book Your Buccal Fat Pad Removal

An improved silhouette is just one click or phone call away. Contact us online or by phone at (847) 367-8815 to book your consultation to learn more about buccal fat pad removal and the personalized surgery process at RL Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa.

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Happy patients


Dr Lu and his staff are wonderful! I’ve gone through two surgeries and have not been disappointed. I can’t say I’m looking forward to the next surgery, but I know I’m in good hands and will be well taken care of. There isn’t any other team I would place my trust in.

Katie is a gem and the best addition to that team. I have so many questions and she is always there ready to deal with my anxiety with a calm voice of reason and a smile. I feel like she has truly listened to me and genuinely cares about me.

-Nicole Hatfield

Super friendly staff, I was seen very quickly Dr. Ritacca was absolutely brilliant! Looking forward to my next visit.
-Eileen Fuller
Excellent staff enjoyed meeting and talking with Dr. Ritacca he readily gave me his expert guidance and took his time talking with me. A nice experience.
-Linda Cavanaugh

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