If you have an overly round face, a buccal fat removal procedure could be the solution. Mr Alex Karidis will trim down the fat pad in the lower face for a more defined face.

Buccal fat removal is a relatively simple and straightforward surgical procedure that can produce a significant improvement to confidence and self-esteem. Here’s our guide to best buccal fat removal recovery.

Our buccal fat recovery timeline

The first 24 hours: buccal fat removal is minimally invasive so there is little downtime afterwards and you’ll be able to return home the same day.

The first week: your cheeks may feel sore for the first week and you will be advised to eat soft foods. There will be some swelling, but most patients find they can return to work after a few days.

Full recovery: the results of buccal fat removal will be visible once all swelling has subsided which should take between four and six weeks. Since the incision is made through the cheeks, there will no visible scarring.

Buccal fat recovery FAQs

There is minimal downtime after a buccal fat removal procedure and most patients are surprised there is little to no pain. You can resume normal activities and return to work after a few days.


Your mouth will be sensitive after buccal fat removal, so use an alcohol-free mouthwash and be careful when brushing your teeth. We advise you to avoid strenuous exercise and keep your head elevated when sleeping to reduce any swelling.

We have recently relaunched the Karidis Clinic App, which supports you throughout your patient journey. A successful cosmetic surgery procedure goes beyond the operating room and the app provide invaluable advice on how to optimise your recovery process as well as sending you alerts for all your post-op check-ups.

At Karidis Clinic, all buccal fat removal procedures are carried out by one of the best known facial shaping surgeons in London, Mr Alex Karidis.

For UK-leading aftercare, get in touch today.