Chrissy Teigen Underwent Cheek Fat Removal; A Surgeon Explains the Technique

Chrissy Teigen opened up about her recent surgery this week. The television personality revealed on Instagram that she had a buccal fat reduction, a cosmetic surgical operation that aims to minimize fullness in the cheeks and give the face more shape.

“I did that Dr. Diamond buccal fat removal thing here,” Teigen shared on the social media platform, referring to Dr. 90210’s famed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Diamond. “And since I quit drinking, I’m really seeing the results, and I like it. Yeah, I did it, what?”

Yahoo Life spoke with Dr. Frank Agullo about Teigen’s operation and the reasons why some people choose to undergo buccal fat removal surgery.

“Many people are inspired by Angelina Jolie’s jawline and cheek contour. Buccal fat pad removal is one of the ways to obtain this look,” he explains. “It helps change a round face into a more triangular and slender aesthetically pleasing shape. It can create the shadow effect often created with makeup between the cheek and the jawline. The results are often subtle and can be mimicked by pursing your lips and slightly sucking in your cheeks.”

The surgery is a “straightforward process” conducted under local anesthetic in less than 30 minutes.

“The buccal fat pad is a pocket of fat that fills deep tissue spaces in the cheek and temporal areas,” he says. “Removal is performed through a small incision inside the mouth.”

He says that “patients with a round face with cheek fullness are the best candidates.”

“These patients are often seeking a slender, more triangular shape to the face. The procedure is also indicated in patients seeking more jawline definition,” Dr. Agullo notes. “Patients with very little facial fat are not good candidates.”

Recovery is typically “painless,” with “very small” scars concealed within the mouth. While cheek swelling is likely, the majority of patients can return to work the following day. They are, however, recommended to limit exercise for two weeks to minimize additional edema.

While the surgery costs between $3,000 and $4,000, Dr. Agullo emphasizes that it can frequently be performed considerably less, and some dentists even offer it.

There are solutions for folks who desire the snatched look but are not interested in undergoing surgery. Contouring with makeup is one option; Botox and fillers are also available. On the other hand, Teigen opted for a more permanent option – and she is overjoyed with the outcome.