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Whilst we all strive for a bit of youthful plumpness, fullness in the wrong areas can leave the face looking disproportionate, puffy, drawn and even child-like. Sometimes no matter how much exercise, contouring bronzer and even skin tightening we subject ourselves to, the distribution of facial fat is just what it is.
Well, whilst we may have once been condemned to a life of self-consciousness and relentlessly sucking our cheeks in, there are now fail-safe ways to acheive the svelte and contoured face of your dreams.
The remarkable difference a Harley Street Skin Clinic treatment can provide
Buccal Fat Removal (buccal being a Latin derivative of bucca meaning “puffed cheek”), is a procedure that helps sculpt and refine the cheeks, gently proportioning the face by adjusting the facial tissues known as the 'buccal fat pads'. Extraction of buccal fat can be performed using a delicate procedure known as Facetite, or in cases that do not require simultanous skin tightening, surgical removal.
Put simply, buccal fat pads are the deposits of local fat which sit on top of the buccinator muscle (the portion of the face between the bottom of the cheekbone and the corner of the mouth). When this area stores excessive, visible fat; it can be referred to as having 'hamster cheeks' because of how hamsters store their foraged food.
For those of us that aren't hungry critters, however, Buccal Fat Removal is an option. Buccal fat can become more prominent with age as pads are quite broad - eventually leaving them vulnerable to downward tugging as collagen in the skin breaks down. This can be what contributes to heavy jowls in later years.
Not only will this particular method of fat removal give way to thinner, firmer cheeks, also draw far more attention to other more attributes which were previously overshadowed by excess bulk. Typically patients find this procedure has incredible impacts on the cheekbones, the eyes and the jawline.
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Every step of your journey with Harley Street Skin is handled with the utmost care and diligence. From your very first consultation, right the way through to follow up and aftercare, Harley Street Skin will guide, advise and support you at every given opportunity. We want to make sure that your time with us is as special to you, as you are to us...
The answer to some of the most common questions you may have
It's only natural to have questions if you are considering pursuing a treatment for the first time, and at Harley Street Skin, it's important to us that you feel confident and comfortable at every stage of your journey. To help you find the answers you need, here are a few of the more common quibbles that we find our clients frequently ask...
A Buccal Fat Removal enhances the cheeks natural bone structure - that is, the craniofacial architecture.
Most popularly, Buccal Fat Removal is performed using the procedure known as Facetite. This involves using radiofrequency heat to break down excess fatty tissue, and removing this with a fine cannula. This method has the added benefit of encouraging collagen stimulation, leaving the treated skin far more taut and firm. This route has a fantastic ability to both contour and reduce cheek volume at the same time.
Alternatively, Buccal Fat Removal can be performed as an intricate but effective minor surgery. This method involves extracting the fat from the upper-middle portion of the face and mouth by making a small incision inside the mouth, gently separating the buccinator muscle from the buccal fat. The excess cheek fat is then removed and the incisions closed with stitching or sutures. This method is favoured by those who as not as concerned by residual skin laxity, i.e. younger patients with more natural skin elasticity.
A Buccal Fat Removal has several benefits - the first being reduced fat in the cheeks meaning that patients will feel more confident brandishing a newly contoured and more svelte face.
Patients also report finding that removing bulk from the cheeks enhances both the cheekbones and the eyes, restoring excellent definition to the jaw.
Buccal Fat Removal results are permanent and will yield a life-long improvement to the face. It is important to note that, at first, results may be obscured by swelling and it can take up to six months for this to settle entirely. During these 6 months you will notice that inflammation in the cheeks will gradually settle down and form neatly around the underlying facial structures.
The Buccal Fat Removal procedure typically takes up to an hour and a half to complete. Having said this, each case is individual and many patients choose to combine this treatment with other contouring procedures - this will understandably impact the duration of the procedure. Of course, your surgeon will discuss all of this with you before commencing with your particular treatment plan.
This will depend on your chosen method of Buccal Fat Removal.
Post-treatment, patients may experience some swelling, bruising and mild pain during the recovery stages. Some may also encounter slight injury to salivary ducts or a change in sensation to the treated area.
Side effects can be significantly reduced by strictly abiding by the aftercare information given, as well as making sure to avoid smoking and consuming a healthy diet which includes raw fruits and vegetables, and avoids excessively processed or fatty foods.
Initial recovery will normally take around one week, yet most patients will experience swelling which lasts substantially longer. Patients should expect to see residual swelling for up to one month of their operation. During the recovery period, your surgeon will advise you on how best to eat to successfully aid your healing. This typically involves a soft or liquid food diet for the initial healing stages.
Many patients feel able to return to more sedentary work within just a few days of their procedure. This will, of course, vary from patient to patient and you should allow yourself adequate healing time when returning to more active roles. Your surgeon will be happy to advise you further on this at your consultation.
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We understand that deciding to go forward with cosmetic treatment can feel like a huge decision. One that we certainly wouldn't expect you to go ahead with without hearing a little bit about us first. Here is exactly why people around the world are happy to put their trust into Harley Street Skin Clinic.
Since 2004, Harley Street Skin has been on speed dial to some of the world's highest flyers thanks to the expertise of cosmetic tour de force, Dr. Aamer Khan and wife Lesley Reynolds.
With their flagship clinic based on the world’s most famous medical strip, Harley Street Skin quickly became a medical and cosmetic frontrunner, drumming up a pristine professional reputation and impressive roster of celebrity clientele. The clinic was in fact so thriving that it gained the attention of television network SkyOne, becoming the focus of hit documentary series Stitch Me, Lift Me, Tuck Me.
Offering an expansive range of both surgical and non-surgical treatments, Harley Street Skin are renowned worldwide for their cosmetic precision, expertise and minimally invasive techniques. From top of the line body sculpting treatments and cosmetic contouring to breast enhancement and discreet anti-ageing lifts, Harley Street experts offer the A-list experience from consultation through to aftercare.
But that's not all. Harley Street Skin are also pioneering skincare specialists, offering solutions to everything from anti-ageing and resurfacing, to colour correction and hydration.
Carefully formulating the perfect regime for even the most stubborn and unusual of skin complaints, Harley Street Skin boast an acclaimed skin care range frequently making an appearance in beauty mag must-haves, health and lifestyle columns, and celebrity handbags around the world.
With highly skilled practitioners, doctors and surgeons on hand at every turn, Harley Street Skin can help you attain the aesthetic you've been dreaming of - whatever your cosmetology needs.