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For Whom is Bichectomy Suitable?

Bichectomy, also known as buccal fat removal, is suitable for people who have fuller or rounder cheeks and desire a more defined facial contour. This procedure is popular among individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their lower face and wish to have a more sculpted look.

When is Bichectomy not Suitable?

Bichectomy is not suitable for people with thin or hollow cheeks as this procedure can lead to a more gaunt appearance. Patients with certain medical conditions or facial nerve damage may not be eligible for this procedure.

What Techniques are Used in Bichectomy?

Bichectomy is typically performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation. The surgeon makes small incisions inside the mouth and removes the buccal fat pads. The procedure takes about 30-45 minutes and does not leave any visible scars.

Preparation for Bichectomy Surgery

Before the surgery, the surgeon will review the patient's medical history and perform a physical examination. Patients should avoid taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, and refrain from smoking for at least two weeks before and after the procedure. It is recommended to arrange for someone to drive them home after the surgery.

Risks of Bichectomy Surgery

The risks of Bichectomy surgery are generally low but may include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, asymmetry, or dissatisfaction with the cosmetic outcome. It is essential to choose a qualified and experienced surgeon to minimize the risks.

Procedure for the Bichectomy Surgery

The surgeon makes small incisions inside the mouth, and the buccal fat pads are carefully removed. The incisions are then closed using dissolvable stitches. The patient can usually go home on the same day, and recovery time is generally short, with most people returning to work within a few days.

Healing Process Post OP

After the procedure, the patient may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days, and they may need to follow a soft diet for a week. It is essential to avoid smoking, drinking through a straw, and vigorous exercise for several days after the procedure. Most patients can expect to see the full results within three to six months, and the results are usually permanent.

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