Donald B. Yoo



Buccal fat pad removal is a surgical procedure to remove the fat pads in the cheeks. This procedure is ideal for patients who have excess fat in the lower part of their cheeks, causing a rounded face or “chipmunk cheeks.” Having prominent buccal fat pads can adversely affect one's facial harmony. Once the excess fat is removed, patients may notice a slimmer face with more defined and accentuated cheekbones

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Buccal fat pad removal is performed under general anesthesia in our operating room. A small incision is made inside the mouth and the fat pad is carefully removed. The incisions are gently closed using dissolvable stitches. Buccal fat pad removal is a quick procedure that lasts 1-1.5 hours. External incisions on the face are not needed and there is minimal recovery time compared to other surgical procedures. The typical recovery time for buccal fat removal is approximately 2 weeks for the majority of patients and the results are permanent. Some degree of swelling may persist for 3-6 months after surgery, but this should not impact one's social activities.

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Why should you choose Dr. Yoo?

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in Facial Reconstructive Surgery. He is highly skilled and well-known for his ability to perform procedures that complement and enhance one's entire face. With a keen aesthetic eye and meticulous attention to detail, he tailors procedures to meet the specific needs of his patients, achieving naturally beautiful results. He also shares his artistic and technical expertise by serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor to surgical residents at USC, UCLA, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Ideal candidates for buccal fat removal

Any individual with excess fat in the lower part of their cheeks who desires a more contoured and slimmer appearance to their face and cheekbones. Ideal candidates should be in good health and not plan to lose or gain any significant amount of weight after the procedure. Candidates should also understand the limitations of the procedure as*results may vary*.


  • Icing (reduces swelling)
  • Limit strenuous activities
  • Light physical activity (short walks) is great for healing.
  • Avoid granular or sharp foods that may irritate the incisions (eg. potato chips)
    • Liquid diet on the day of surgery
    • Soft diet for the first week after surgery
  • Patients may resume a regular diet approximately 1 week after surgery

Dr. Yoo looks forward to taking you from pretty to prettier®.

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