Updated on December 5th, 2023
A bichectomy is a surgical procedure to partially remove the sebaceous glands in the cheek. It is also referred to as Hollywood cheek.
In this article, we talked about bichectomy surgery to get rid of cheek fat, how it is performed, who it is suitable for and the healing process.
The French anatomist Marie François Xavier Bichat described the buccal fat pad, one of the several fat pads in the face.
A buccal fat pad removal or bichectomy may be helpful in cases when a patient has a round, full face that does not go away despite weight loss, or in cases where the patient is at normal weight but has always had a chipmunk face.
Cheek fat is fat deposits in the inner cheek area. These fats may be genetically more prominent in some people and may affect facial features.
Losing weight can reduce fat deposits on the cheeks and help slim the face overall. However, because each person’s body structure is different, the effect of weight loss on the face can vary from person to person. How much the cheeks become thinner and how facial contours change as a result of weight loss depends on individual factors.
Bichectomy is a partial removal of the sebaceous glands inside the cheek. The difficulty of the surgery depends on the complexity of the surgical procedure and the experience of the doctor. Therefore, it is important to discuss with a plastic surgeon and clarify your expectations.
The bichectomy procedure usually takes between 30-60 minutes. It should be noted that the duration of the surgery and the amount of fat to be removed may vary depending on the anatomy of the person and the size of the sebaceous glands.
Since the facial structure of each individual is different, it is difficult to specify which face type this procedure is suitable for. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate the procedures and results suitable for your facial structure and share them with you.
Bichectomy is an irreversible procedure. Therefore, it is important to clarify your expectations and risks with your doctor before surgery.
The bichectomy procedure is usually performed under local or general anesthesia.
Bichectomy operation only affects the fat in the cheeks and has no direct effect on the jowl area. Different treatment options should be considered for fat accumulation in the jowl area.
Bichectomy is not a procedure that can be applied to everyone. It is generally a suitable option for people with round facial features.
Bichectomy is a procedure generally preferred for adults and is not accepted for individuals under the age of 18. This procedure can be performed after the facial development is completed and the health status of the individual is evaluated.
Whether or not a bichectomy will be performed on an individual with braces depends on the details of the braces treatment and the condition of the individual. If a bichectomy is necessary during braces treatment, this can be decided in consultation with the orthodontist surgeon.
Bichectomy is generally not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers.
Since a bichectomy is usually an hour-long procedure, the need for hospitalization is rare.
Minimal facial swelling with mild pain and discomfort is normal after a bichectomy, but this usually subsides within a few days and can be controlled with medication.
The stitches usually fall out on their own within a week, but sometimes they may need to be removed by your doctor. Since the stitches are sutured through the cheek so that the suture marks are almost invisible, there are no visible scars.
Since the bichectomy procedure permanently removes the fat cells, no fat regeneration is expected.
Bichectomy results are usually permanent, but the aging process and lifestyle factors can affect the outcome.
Soft and liquid foods are usually preferred in the first days. It is recommended that you gradually return to your normal diet.
Brushing your teeth after a bichectomy is generally not recommended because it can damage the sutures due to the sensitivity in the facial area.
Drinking coffee is also generally not recommended, as drinks containing caffeine can cause swelling and discomfort.
It is important not to smoke, as smoking can negatively affect the healing process of the stitches and increase the risk of infection.
There is no problem taking a shower.
For sleep it is recommended to sleep on your back, it is important to avoid sleeping positions that put pressure on the cheek.
Agassi Cheek Slimming, also known as V Line, is a non-surgical cheek thinning procedure. Botox and fillers are usually used in this procedure.
Cheek slimming exercises are exercises used to strengthen and tighten the cheek muscles. Here are some cheek slimming exercises;
Cheek slimming exercises can help tone and tighten your cheek muscles if done regularly. However, it is important to consult a specialist before starting any exercise program.
Chin, jowl and neck liposuction procedures can be combined with bichectomy. These procedures are surgical methods used to reduce fat accumulation in the face and neck area and to achieve a firmer appearance.
In 2023, bichectomy prices vary according to doctor and hospital preference, but average price of Bichectomy is between $1,500 – $2,500. Please contact us to get a price.