Chrissy Teigen created quite a stir when she revealed in an Instagram story last year that she had undergone a bichectomy, or cheek fat removal operation. The model expressed her delight with the outcome in the video and predicted a trend that appeared to be particularly well-liked by celebs and others. Lea Michele is the most recent celebrity who allegedly used buccal fat, or fat that is naturally found in the cheeks, to shape her face. The Glee star shared a selfie in which her jawline is well defined and her features appear considerably more hollowed down than in earlier shots. Like many of us, Teigen and Michele probably made the decision to alter their appearance in response to societal and media pressure. The idea that you need high, prominent cheekbones to be beautiful has been ingrained in our minds over years of tutorials on contouring to create a facelift effect and by legions of models deemed aspirational (Bella Hadid foremost among them). Removing a portion of the cheeks seems to many to be a fairly simple way to quickly achieve the goal. Additionally, the fact that it is typically performed as an outpatient operation with no overnight stay in a hospital has increased demand for it.
While we are accustomed to seeing images of celebrities before and after plastic surgery procedures, we are practically never aware of their contents or the body parts they affect. The buccal fat pad, a mass of fat that resides between the cheekbones and the jawline and influences the form of the face, is the area that is removed in a bichectomy. Everyone has it, yet everyone’s size is different. The face becomes rounder the more buccal fat there is. Removing it gives a style that is today seen as more “high fashion,” emphasizing the skeletal structure of the face, the cheekbones, and of course the hollowed-out areas between the cheeks and jawline. The process itself is straightforward and can be carried out under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation in a licensed surgery or in a doctor’s operating room, as Dr. Michael Horn explains. To remove some buccal fat, the surgeon makes an incision inside the cheek, or the surgery is combined with a facelift. The surgery, which costs between $2,000 and $5,000, lasts for around 30 minutes, and postoperative recuperation includes a liquid diet for a week and a specific mouthwash to prevent infection. Within two weeks, the swelling goes down, leaving no scars (the sutures used for the operation are usually resorbable).
Young patients between the ages of 20 and 40 who are nonsmokers, in good physical health, with large, chubby cheeks and desire a more balanced facial appearance are the best prospects. The surgery has grown to be one of the most popular in recent years, and not just among those with extremely round cheeks. This is due to the growth of a conception of beauty linked to the image of a sharp face. More and more individuals desire a distinct hollowing of the cheeks, similar to the appearance that they achieve while splitting their lips, whistling, or after extensive contouring. However, doctors advise patients to carefully consider their options and assess the advantages and cons before having surgery. The salivary gland or facial nerves may be accidentally injured, but these problems are rather uncommon and the most frequent danger is aging. The major issue with buccal fat removal is that because facial firmness declines with age, persons who have had the operation will likely appear thinner and older as they become older because their faces would have grown even more hollowed out. However, doctors advise patients to carefully consider their options and assess the advantages and cons before having surgery. The salivary gland or facial nerves may be accidentally injured, but these problems are rather uncommon and the most frequent danger is aging. The major issue with buccal fat removal is that because facial firmness declines with age, persons who have had the operation will likely appear thinner and older as they become older because their faces would have grown even more hollowed out. Therefore, since the bichectomy is permanent, the only option to enlarge the cheek area would be to have further surgery, which this time should add volume rather than remove it.