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Create a more attractive, slender profile with buccal fat removal in Orange County. If you suffer from a “baby face” or a “chipmunk” look, you may not realize that the cause of this frustrating flaw is excess buccal fat in the cheeks. This type of fat is very resistant to dieting and exercise, so surgical intervention may be the only ideal solution. The buccal fat pad is located between the facial muscles, and thus can be targeted and removed easily to thin out the lower face.

Dr. Grover is a highly experienced and skillful board certified plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, and in his hands, the buccal fat removal procedure is a very simple, straightforward endeavor performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation in about 30 minutes. The treatment can be performed on its own, or in combination with any other facial contouring procedure such as a facelift, rhinoplasty, chin augmentation or facial fat transfer.

Details of the surgery

After applying the chosen anesthetic, Dr. Grover will create a small incision within the inner cheek through the mouth, isolating the buccal fat pad and extracting the fat within it. This fat is easy to remove, as it is not connected to other facial structures.

Dr. Grover is always conservative in his approach so that neither too little nor too much fat is excised. After the fat is removed, he will close the wounds with dissolvable sutures and place the patient in a recovery suite.


In Dr. Grover’s consummate hands, clients usually experience a rapid and minimally bothersome recovery period following buccal fat removal. There will be minor swelling as is expected after any surgery, as well as slight soreness within the cheeks. These symptoms are well treated with pain medications prescribed by Dr. Grover.

You will see results in your appearance right away, with continuing improvement in the weeks and months that follow. You will need to follow a special diet as recommended by Dr. Grover for the first few days, but after that you can return to normal activities. Our team is available around the clock to support a successful recovery, so do not hesitate to contact us should any issues arise.

What’s my next step?

If you are in the Newport Beach, Orange County area and are interested in learning more about whether buccal fat removal might be right for your goals, please contact Dr. Grover today to schedule a confidential consultation.

During this initial session, Dr. Grover will perform a physical examination, review your medical and surgical records, and begin to formulate a treatment plan unique to your needs.

He will answer all your questions in detail, including those regarding costs, insurance and financing; risks and benefits; recovery and downtime; and your final outcome. Dr. Grover will provide you with unlimited access to our library of before and after photography for buccal fat removal clients; however, you are also invited to bring in pictures of your desired results so that Dr. Grover can be best informed of your expectations and artistic sensibilities.

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