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Why Do People Have Chubby Cheeks?

The buccal fat pads are naturally occurring deposits of cheek fat that cushion the jaw and lower face. While they begin to disappear during puberty, an excessive amount of cheek fat can result in a full or rounded appearance of the face, commonly termed “chipmunk cheeks”. Unfortunately, the buccal fat pads are refractory to diet and exercise. To achieve a naturally slender and lifted cheek contour, excessive cheek fat must be surgically removed.

  • Price: Starting at $4,000
  • Recovery Time: 5-7 Days
  • Discomfort Level: Mild
  • Anesthesia Options: Local or General

What is the Best Age for Buccal Fat Removal? 

Buccal fat removal, or a cheek fat reduction, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the cheeks to create a slimmer appearance and balanced facial shape. Precise contouring through small incisions within the mouth not only improves cheek definition but also highlights the beauty of the cheekbones and jawline. As the buccal fat pads are variable in size, it is important to determine the correct amount of cheek fat to remove for the ultimate enhancement of facial contour and shape. Ideal candidates are those with full, rounded cheeks due to genetics and/or weight gain. When performed by Dr. Givens, our top board-certified female facial plastic surgeon in Austin, buccal fat removal improves visible signs of aging and redefines the contours of the face to provide results that last for decades.

        The Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

Issues Addressed with Buccal Fat Removal

  • A round, undefined facial shape
  • Full “chubby” cheeks
  • Excess cheek fat

Benefits Achieved with Buccal Fat Removal

  • A well-defined, balanced facial contour
  • Slimmed, proportional cheeks
  • No external or visible scars
  • Long-lasting results
  • Restored self-confidence

Before & After Buccal Fat Removal Performed by Dr. Givens

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"Dr. Givens was very professional and honest with me from the consultation for my Buccal fat removal to the follow up after my procedure was completed.

I chose to have my Buccal fat pads removed with Dr. Givens under local anesthetic in her office. My mom and some of the other women in our family have a heavier lower face and I know that this fat pads does not shrink with weight loss. It contributes to heaviness in the lower face and jowling as we age.

I was very happy with how easy the procedure itself was. In the days following my procedure I was so impressed with how available Dr. Givens was to answer my messages and check in on me. She really made me feel that she cared about me and my result.

I ended up developing a soft tissue infection a few days later. Dr. Givens was so supportive and attentive. She really went above and beyond with her level of care during this period. She never once made me feel like I was to blame or that I was a bother as I required more of her time and attention.

Everything healed extremely well and I am soooo happy with my results. I would definitely recommend Dr. Givens to any of my family or friends."

Sarah Wiser

Why Choose Dr. Givens for Buccal Fat Removal in Austin?

The goal of buccal fat surgery is to define the cheek contour and highlight the cheekbones and jawline. To achieve this level of facial balance, it is crucial to select a board certified surgeon whom you trust to enhance your natural facial beauty and create a refined, elegant result. Dr. Givens focuses exclusively on facial plastic surgery and has achieved a reputation for excellence throughout her education and career. A buccal fat reduction may be the easiest, fastest, and most effective way to enhance your look. 

About Dr. Givens

Dr. Victoria Givens



Buccal fat removal is a PERMANENT solution to cheek contouring and establishing facial harmony. In general, once fat cells are removed, they cannot return in the area of treatment.


No! Only two small incisions are made inside the mouth. As a result, there is no visible scarring.


While buccal fat reduction dramatically improves the cheek contour, some patients may choose to have dermal filler injections of the cheeks and jawline to enhance their results. Restoring facial volume to create and define a more sculpted appearance is a wonderful complement cheek reduction surgery and should be discussed with Dr. Givens during your personal consultation.


Buccal fat removal is known for attaining a sizable, yet subtle change. In cases where the patient desires a more pronounced result, the procedure can be combined with procedures such as chin enhancement and neck or chin contouring. Some also seek to further improve the cheeks by undergoing a cheek enhancement.

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