Buccal fat removal is a cosmetic procedure that is taking Hollywood by storm –  but it’s likely to have one major side effect that may put you off.

Buccal fat removal has become increasingly popular among celebrities and influencers, as it promises to help create a slimmer and more defined face.

This surgery removes excess fat in the cheek area, which can give the face a chubby appearance, and results in a more sculpted and youthful look.


Among the stars to have ~allegedly~ had the procedure include Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Anja Taylor Joy, Miley Cyrus, Zoe Kravitz, Sophie Turner, Dove Cameron, Lea Michele and many more.

The trend is clearly popular among celebrities, and it’s easy to see why. Buccal fat removal is a relatively straightforward procedure with quick recovery time, and it can result in a more defined face.

But, before you book your appointment, beware: this procedure might actually make you look older.

The surgery removes excess fat from the cheek area, promising a more refined jawline and cheekbones. But, in the quest for a youthful appearance, some are actually making themselves look much older as they continue to age and lose more fat in the cheek area.

While the procedure can result in a more defined face, it can also make the face appear gaunt and drawn as the cheeks play a big role in keeping a face looking full and youthful.

And just when you thought having surgery that’ll eventually make you look older was bad, wait til you hear about some of the more concerning risks of buccal fat removal surgery.

“Perhaps the biggest risk is that the surrounding nerves can be permanently damaged,” Sydney-based registered nurse and skin nutritionist, Madeline Cafas, told ELLE Australia.

“The buccal nerve is responsible for mouth movement and providing sensation to the cheeks and gums.

“If the buccal nerve is damaged, you may experience a complete loss of feeling and sensation to that cheek area, and/or varying sensations of the cheek and jawbone that can range anywhere from a total loss of sensation to tingling, and even pain.” Yikes!

So, while the thought of having a tweak here or there can be tempting, before going under the knife it’s important to always consider the long-term effects of the procedure and to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.

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