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What is Bichectomy?

Bichectomy is a surgery performed to create a slimmer appearance in the cheeks. It gets its name from the removal of the buccal fat pad located in the cheeks, called “bichat”. The removed fat tissues do not return with weight gain, and a permanent result is obtained. The operation can be performed under local anesthesia, and due to its short duration, we can easily combine it with many other surgeries. Since it is made with incisions of about 5 mm at the inner part of the cheeks, there is no visible scar after the procedure.

After Bichectomy Care

Since the buccal fat removal is done through incisions inside the mouth, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial after the surgery. It is recommended to eat liquid or soft foods during the first three days after the surgery. Additionally, regular gargling with mouthwash solutions is essential.

During the first week after the surgery, it is advisable to avoid bending forward as well as avoiding making big efforts. If the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, patients can resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure.


Is Bichectomy a painful procedure?

Bichectomy is performed with the use of anesthesia, ensuring that you do not feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may experience some discomfort or mild pain during the recovery period. Dr. Baygöl will prescribe appropriate pain medication to manage any postoperative discomfort.

What is the recovery process like after Bichectomy?

After buccal fat removal, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in the treated area. These side effects are temporary and generally resolve during the first weeks after surgery. The medical team will provide post-operative instructions, including pain management, techniques to reduce swelling, and dietary restrictions. It is important to follow these instructions for a smooth and successful recovery.

When Will I See the Results?

While some initial improvements may be noticeable immediately after the procedure, it is important to keep in mind that the full results of buccal fat removal may take several weeks or even months to fully manifest. This is because it takes time for the swelling to subside and the tissues to settle into their new contours. Patients should be patient and allow their bodies to heal properly for the best outcome.

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