Cheek surgery, bichectomy, is a surgical procedure to remove or cut out the fatty structure called bichat bags.
It lasts approximately 30 minutes.
It is performed under local anesthesia and on an outpatient basis.
The procedure starts with some small cuts (incisions) inside the mouth in the upper part of the molars.
Tissues are carefully separated to find the bichat bats. Then, 2 to 3 cubic centimeters of fat are removed.
How long does recovery last?
• Recovery time is approximately 3 months in which swelling of cheeks will completely disappear.
Does surgery cause incapacity?
• Incapacity is reduced to 2 days of absolute rest.
Which care should be applied?
• Avoid dairy products during the first 10 days
• Liquid food during 1 week
• Avoid exercising for 4 weeks
• Avoid contact with sunrays or solar lamps during 4 weeks
• Avoid swimming for 4 weeks
• Avoid bending down and picking up objects for 4 weeks
• Take all prescribed medicines
• Go to all medical controls and post-operative therapies
At what age can this surgery be performed?
• It is mostly performed in patients younger than 40. This surgery should not be performed after that age, since the face in most of the patients tends to get thinner over time.