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Buccal fat removal, or cheek reduction, is a plastic surgery to thin your cheeks and give a more chiseled facial shape and contour. It targets the pad of fat in your cheeks, or buccal fat pads, which are partially or entirely removed depending on the look you hope you achieve.

Since round, full cheeks are often associated with looking cute and having a baby face, some individuals may consider buccal fat removal for a more mature look. Are you considering this procedure? 

Read on to learn about the benefits, costs commonly associated with buccal fat removal, and if you may be a good candidate for the procedure.

The Average Cost of Buccal Fat Removal

Before scheduling a consultation, you might be curious to know the expected cost range of a buccal fat removal procedure in Atlanta. While the average cost can range between $2,000 and 5,000, the cost you pay may vary depending on several factors, such as:

  • The skill level and expertise of your surgeon
  • The overall health of a candidate 
  • The facility your procedure will be performed in
  • The location of your procedure 

What Affects the Total Cost of Buccal Fat Removal?

Buccal fat removal, also known as cheek thinning, is an investment that should be thoroughly researched before you decide to make any decisions. One of the most common questions people want to know is the common price range for the cost of buccal fat removal in Atlanta and what could impact the price. 

The overall cost for buccal fat removal can be influenced by a variety of different factors, such as:

  • Anesthesia type used
  • Surgeon's location
  • Surgeon’s experience level and expertise
  • Prescription medications
  • Surgical facility fees
  • Consultation fees
  • Medical tests and X-rays
  • Scope of the procedure
  • Age and health of the patient
  • Additional procedures performed (facelift, rhinoplasty, brow lift, etc.)

What To Consider When Factoring the Price of a Buccal Fat Removal

If you've decided on buccal fat removal, you may want to consider the multiple variables that can determine how much you’ll end up paying for it. Below are major factors that may influence the cost of your buccal fat removal:


It’s all about location. If cosmetic surgery procedures, such as buccal fat removal, are in demand in your area, it can result in a higher fee for these popular procedures. 

Expertise and Experience

Your surgeon’s experience level can have an impact on how much you pay for buccal fat removal. In some cities, an appointment book for popular surgeons can be booked out for weeks, even months. Securing the best plastic surgeon in Atlanta, or anywhere, provides clients with peace of mind that they’ll receive the results they want.  

Surgical-Related Expenses

Surgical expenses cover everything from the supplies used in the operating room during your procedure to the tests that had to be run to ensure your health. These expenses can vary from hospital to hospital. 

Is Financing Available?

Have you made up your mind about proceeding with buccal fat removal, but you’re not sure if you have enough money to cover the cost of the procedure? At the Georgia ENT and Plastic Surgery, we believe everyone should be able to access the transformative advantages of facial plastic surgery—no matter how expensive it may seem.

At our practice, we offer a range of financing options to our patients who are ready to change their appearance, but may need more flexible payment options. Some of the several payment solutions we offer include: 

  • Cash
  • CareCredit
  • Cherry® 
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

From our payment plans to our exclusive healthcare credit card payment options, we have financing options available for anyone looking to enhance their appearance. 

Does Insurance Cover Buccal Fat Removal?

Generally, most health insurance providers do not cover plastic surgeries, except if they are considered medically necessary. A medical emergency is classified as a severe injury or illness that can cause a risk to your health. 

Since buccal fat removal is a cosmetic procedure that works to improve your appearance, it does not meet the requirements to be covered by most health insurance plans.  

Exploring the Benefits of Buccal Fat Removal

While some people consider chubby cheeks as cute and attractive, some others wish to have more defined jawlines and cheekbones. So, based on your desired aesthetic goals and the procedure outcome, you could enjoy the aesthetic and psychological benefits of cheek reduction surgery.

The benefits of buccal fat removal include:

  • A more defined and slimmer facial appearance
  • Reduced excess facial fat
  • A more mature look
  • Enhanced self-confidence and satisfaction

Am I a Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal?

You can consider cheek reduction surgery if you are uncomfortable with the volume of your cheeks. However, you may not be a good candidate for this procedure if you have a narrow face and are older.

Generally, you're an ideal candidate for buccal fat removal if you:

  • Are overall healthy and at a stable weight
  • Are a nonsmoker or someone who can quit smoking several weeks before the procedure
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are concerned about full or chubby cheeks

Schedule A Buccal Fat Removal at Georgia Center for ENT & Plastic Surgery

The Georgia Center for ENT & Plastic Surgery has a team of licensed medical professionals committed to helping you achieve your desired look. The team is led by Dr. Fletcher, a highly accomplished and award-winning facial plastic surgeon in Atlanta, with nearly a decade of surgical experience and expertise. Dr. Fletcher is a talented and highly-qualified surgeon that can provide you with natural-looking, long-lasting results.

Are you ready to take the next steps in your buccal fat removal journey? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Aaron Fletcher or call us at (678) 902-9495 today.



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