Is buccal fat removal the newest BBL? These celebrities are believed to have had the procedure, and here’s why some doctors advise against it

Eliminating buccal fat is not necessarily a New thing, but there is no doubt that the demand for this procedure has increased in recent years. On TikTok, you’ll find plenty of clips of young women removing fat from their “chubby” cheeks to achieve a more chiseled and toned look. It’s obvious that Bella Hadid’s aesthetic — the pointed jawline, high cheekbones, and contoured face — has become the beauty standard, at least on social media and in Hollywood. Take a look at all these celebs (who may have had it) and their before and afters!

Bella Hadid

Lea Michele



Sophie Turner



Amelia Gray Hamlin

Dove Cameron

Erin Moriarty

Eiza Gonzalez

Pros and Cons of Buccal Fat Removal

As influencers and celebrities go from their full cheeks to a more sculpted look, more young women will be influenced to do the same. Still, is it worth it?

How it works

Here’s what happens during the procedure: The surgeon will make an incision on both sides of your cheeks from inside your mouth to expose your buccal fat pads. They will press on the fat pads to push them out so they can be removed. Once this is done, the incisions are then closed with sutures. Although this cosmetic “enhancement” may not seem as invasive as the infamous BBL or a boob job, it can cost between $5,000 and $20,000 in America. Although you may be satisfied with the results, there is no guarantee that you will still be satisfied with them years later when you are older.

How Oral Fat Removal Can Age You

As you inevitably age, your cheeks will slowly lose fat over time. This means that if you had this procedure in, say, your 20s, you may look much older in your early 30s. Plump facial appearance makes you look younger, and that’s why older celebrities who want to maintain their image often opt for fillers (I’m looking at you, Madonna).

Dallas surgeon Dr. Rod Rohrich suggests that facial fat compartments actually shrink with age. He explains that “in most cases, you don’t have to remove it [the fat in the cheeks] – except in the person with a really full face – as this can cause premature aging and distortion of the midface in the long run. In fact, he insists that “facial fat is precious” and that it’s the one area of ​​the human body that you really don’t want to lose too much.

Another board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Levine, advises against it. “If you’re talking about doing this surgery on a 25-year-old looking for that whistle – I advise against it in almost all cases,” says Dr. Levine, who is concerned about the predictability of the outcome, to the both now and in the future. “When removing buccal fat, it can be difficult to judge exactly how much to remove to create enough of a difference without making someone too skinny.”

When asked about young patients he has performed the procedure on in the past, Dr. Levine replied, “If you asked me if I’m worried about [how] these patients [will look] in 20 years… yeah, I guess I am.

Final Thoughts

Cosmetic surgery seems like an endless loop. We’ve seen this time and time again with celebrities – they change one thing, only to cosmetically alter another feature. It seems (at least in the entertainment industry) the focus has shifted from appreciating its natural beauty to completely modifying it. What’s worse is that many of these stars don’t disclose their procedures, leading young women to believe that they themselves lost the genetic lottery. While I don’t demonize cosmetic surgeries, I do believe that we need to focus more on ourselves – and others – teaching them to see the good in the characteristics they were born with, to accept themselves and to loving yourself fully, regardless of ever-changing societal trends and “norms”.

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