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Buccal fat removal against hamster cheeks

Not happy with your bulging cheeks and want a tighter facial contour? SkinSurgery Clincs is the leading clinic in the Netherlands for buccal fat removal. Read more

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Buccal fat removal treatment


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Consultation with doctor

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Treatment to remove buccal fat is always preceded by a no-obligation consultation. In a personal meeting with our surgeons in a relaxed setting, you can ask all your questions, discuss your wishes and express your expectations about the treatment.

Our concerned specialist will assess your eligibility for buccal fat removal and give you clear explanations about the treatment, aftercare, risks, costs and the expected natural end result. Photographs are taken before the treatment and later placed next to post-treatment photos.

We fully understand how you feel. We are happy to guide you through he process from A to Z. With a specially developed after-care protocol, you will recover smoothly with minimal swelling and bruising.

Got curious or have personal questions for the surgeon? Book a no-obligation consultation. We will be happy to talk to you.





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This procedure is suitable for clients who have convex and oval faces with the typical hamster cheeks. This may be due to weight gain or determined by a genetic cause. The procedure is performed after a small anaesthetic in the mouth and fat is removed through a small incision in the cheek mucosa. It therefore does not result in visible scars. The procedure takes about 45-60 minutes. Swelling and bruising are minimal. You could return to work the next day.

Benefits of Buccal fat removal:

  • Improving facial contour and symmetry
  • Rejuvenation of the face
  • No visible scars
  • Short recovery time




It takes an average of 2 weeks to see the final effect of the procedure. After the swelling subsides (duration 1-2 weeks), the tissue settles down and the cheeks look more defined and contoured.

After surgery, we advise:

- In the first week after treatment, do not press, push, lift or bend.
- We advise you not to smoke. Smoking increases the risk of complications.
- Avoid intensive chewing of solid food.
- Do not drink hot drinks, such as tea or coffee, first 24 hr after your procedure
- Do not undertake heavy and strenuous work or sporting activities during the first few weeks.





The procedure has few risks and is done under local anaesthetic.

Possible complications include swelling, post-bleeding, pain when chewing and, very rarely, nerve damage.

Buccal fat removal

No more hamster cheeks

Your disturbing hamster cheeks and asymmetrical facial profile disappear with expert and safe buccal fat removal. Your face is balanced again.

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Prices and fees

SkinSurgery Clinics is a leader in buccal fat removal, also known as cheek fat removal or buccal lipectomy. You pay a transparent, flat rate. The value for money is excellent. Treatment is rarely reimbursed by health insurance companies.

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Results of buccal fat removal

SkinSurgery Clinics is the only clinic in the Netherlands to offer buccal fat removal as a treatment for hamster cheeks. Read the experiences of our clients who previously underwent this treatment here. The result of buccal fat removal is permanent, which makes it a popular and effective procedure.

Marianne Verified

Very pleasant experience

The intake was very pleasant, time was taken and clear explanations given. The correction was done in a pleasant atmosphere and I am very happy with the result. Aftercare is also done carefully and with attention. I benefited a lot from the app. All my questions were answered there and I was given good instructions.

Mandy - Verified

Excellent service

I was 1000% pleased with the treatment. I was very well talked through everything and put at ease. I can't say anything about the end result yet, because I'm still wearing patches.

Addie - Verified


Anaesthetic unpleasant but everything painless afterwards. Fine and friendly guidance. Quiet environment with pleasant staff.


A nice and familiar feeling

She gave me the familiar feeling I had not had before this. The calmness she exudes, the time she takes for you and her honesty.

Anonymous - Pubic lip surgery


The doctor and assistant are super sweet, put you at ease and also very knowledgeable. The app of skin+surgery is also very nice to keep track of the recovery and you can always contact them with questions

Buccal fat removal

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question that is not answered? Feel free to contact us Monday to Sunday, between 08:00 and 22:00, at the following number or email.

How long is the recovery after buccal fat removal?

You may be a little swollen for a week after the procedure and your cheeks may feel sore. You won't feel sick otherwise, so you should be able to resume your daily activities fine after a few days. If you experience a lot of swelling, you can take some rest and cool your cheeks with cold packs. All swelling should completely disappear within two to three weeks.

Avoid intensive chewing of solid food and avoid anything too hot or spicy for at least 24 hours to avoid irritating the incisions in your cheeks.

You should not press, push, lift or bend for the first few weeks. Sport is allowed again after 2 weeks.

How is buccal fat removed?

The procedure is performed with a local anaesthetic. The surgeon then makes small incisions on the inside of your cheeks.

The fat is then searched for and removed. This may cause a pulling sensation, but is not painful. Once the fat is removed, the incisions are sutured with soluble sutures.

Most people undergo the procedure well, comparing it to treatment at the dentist, where you also have to lie with your mouth open.

You will be sent home with antibiotics to prevent infection and the advice to rinse your mouth regularly with mouthwash.

What are disadvantages of buccal fat removal?

You may experience some swelling, which initially makes it look like you've actually grown chubbier cheeks. This will subside over time.

There is a small risk of damaging the buccal nerve that allows you to properly pucker your lips. These risks are obviously reduced if you have the treatment performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon.

What are the benefits of buccal fat removal?

You will not leave any visible scars from this procedure, as the buccal fat is removed through the inside of the mouth.

The final results are permanent, even if you gain weight.

Recovery time is minimal, with most patients returning to work after three days.

By removing the buccal fat pad volume, the cheek volume decreases and the cheekbones and cheeks look more defined. This makes this an ideal procedure for adults who suffer from a baby face or hamster cheeks.

Who is buccal fat removal suitable for?

Buccal fat removal is a good treatment for patients who feel their face is too round or chubby, or suffer from hamster cheeks. It creates a slimmer face with more contour and shape in the lower part of the face.

While you can have chubby cheeks or round face without it meaning you are overweight, it is good to establish whether being overweight is not the cause of the chubby cheeks. Indeed, in that case, this treatment is less suitable because removing the buccal fat is probably not going to give the desired results.

You can also have wide cheeks due to overdeveloped jaw muscles. In that case, removing buccal fat would not necessarily help, but we can use an injectable to relax the masseter muscle, which will cause your face to slim down over time. However, this is a treatment that does not give permanent results, and would have to be repeated.

Besides hamster cheeks, do you also suffer from a stubborn double chin? In that case, face slimming treatment would suit you better. Face slimming removes not only buccal fat, but also the fat around the jawline that causes a double chin. Of course, our specialists will be happy to discuss the different treatments and which one suits you best during a personal consultation.

Will my double chin also diminish if I have my buccal fat removed?

The treatment in which buccal fat is removed is going to provide more contour and definition to your face. Your cheekbones become more prominent, your bulging cheeks are reduced and your jawline gets more definition. However, sometimes there can be a stubborn double chin, a double chin that you cannot exercise or diet away. Despite the fact that a buccal fat removal helps to give more shape to your face, it may not be enough to completely get the results you are looking for. Especially for people who want just a little more definition and suffer from a double chin in addition to bulging cheeks, you can come to us for a unique face slimming treatment. This treatment is unique because it is not offered in any other clinic in the Netherlands. It is a treatment in which the treatment to remove buccal fat is combined with liposuction of the neck to eliminate double chin fat as well. It gives natural but long-lasting results: the fat usually does not return, provided a healthy lifestyle is maintained. Want more information or this, or any other treatment? Schedule a no-obligation consultation, our specialists will be happy to discuss the options with you.

What exactly is buccal fat removal?

Buccal fat removal is a procedure often performed in Asia, the Middle East and USA. To bring definition to the face, it is sometimes necessary to contour the cheeks. You can do this with make-up. Or by removing the 'buccal fat pad', the cheek volume decreases and the cheekbones and cheeks look more defined.

The procedure is performed after a small anaesthetic in the mouth and fat is removed through a small incision in the cheek mucosa. It therefore does not result in visible scars.

The previously mentioned results cannot be guaranteed. Results vary from person to person. We cannot make concrete statements about how your body reacts to certain treatments or products.

Dr Tha-In

Doctor Thanya Tha-In is one of the founders of SkinSurgery Clinics and studied medicine at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Thanya looks beyond the area to be treated and is genuinely interested in you as a person. With care and attention, she explains your options and is realistic in the expected result. This applies to treatment with injectables, but equally to surgery.

Dr Thanya Tha-In

KNMG Certified Cosmetic Physician & Surgeon

Dr. Kristel Woltman is not only a cosmetic surgeon but also a general surgeon. Her passion extends beyond enhancing beauty; she is equally dedicated to improving overall well-being. Many of her treatments are medically motivated. Known for her meticulous approach and unwavering commitment, Dr. Kristel prioritizes natural-looking results. She believes in preserving individuality, stating, "I value uniqueness and shy away from artificiality.''

Dr Kristel Woltman

KNMG Certified Cosmetic Physician
Drs. Leanne

Drs Wong is a true all-rounder within Skin+Surgery Clinics. She is a perfectionist and always strives to achieve the most beautiful result. "I gained my experience in general surgery and plastic surgery. During my cosmetic medicine training, things kept coming up, allowing me to broaden my horizons. Within Skin+Surgery, I have specialised in injectables and surgical treatments."

Drs. Leanne Wong

KNMG Certified Cosmetic Physician

Drs Amra Sabanovic is an all-round cosmetic doctor, in every treatment she can express her creativity to achieve the most beautiful and long-lasting results. The Liquid Facelift treatment and Labia correction are her favourite treatment which she performs frequently. At Skin + Surgery clinics, she is the real expert. 'I personally find a full face treatment the most beautiful treatment to perform. It really gives a fresher and younger look, which you see good effects of for a longer period of time.' It is a nice step on giving the face a subtle lift where you see immediate results.

Drs Amra Sabanovic

KNMG Certified Cosmetic Physician

Drs Beekman is a passionate and skilled cosmetic doctor at SkinSurgery. She works very precisely and always strives for the most natural result. The cosmetic aspect of medicine has always interested her because of the fine dexterity and precise way of working. Drs Vivian Beekman likes to highlight all facets of cosmetic medicine. "Within Skin+Surgery, these facets come together nicely, which has allowed me to specialise in injectables and surgical treatments such as eyelid correction."

Drs Vivian Beekman

KNMG Certified Cosmetic Physician

Dr Tessa Drijkoningen is a passionate and skilled cosmetic doctor at Skin+Surgery. In addition to her extensive experience as a doctor of surgery and plastic surgery, she also holds a doctorate in plastic surgery. Dr Tessa always treats her clients holistically to maintain a beautiful and natural appearance.

Dr Tessa Drijkoningen

Cosmetic Doctor

Drs Suzanne van Soest is a highly skilled and passionate cosmetic doctor with an undeniable dedication and passion for beauty. With her extensive knowledge and experience in aesthetic medicine, she has built a reputation as a reliable and experienced specialist in her field.

Drs Suzanne van Soest

KNMG Certified Cosmetic Physician

Dr Lara van de Lande is a perfectionist and driven cosmetic doctor at Skin+Surgery. Besides her extensive experience as a doctor of surgery and plastic surgery, she also has a PhD in scientific research on congenital facial abnormalities and their treatments.

Dr Lara van de Lande

Cosmetic Doctor

Drs. Aletta de Wit is a true all-rounder within SkinSurgery Clinics. Drs Aletta de Wit is our specialist when it comes to wrinkle treatments and treatments aimed at restoring contours and volume loss in the face. She does this using injectables and PDO threads as well as skin-enhancing treatments with skin boosters and peels. Drs Aletta de Wit looks closely at your face, listens to your personal wishes and provides honest advice in what suitable options are available to subtly optimise the proportions of your face and bring it back into harmony for a fresh, youthful appearance.

Drs Aletta de Wit

KNMG Certified Cosmetic Physician
Dominique SkinSurgery Clinics

Skin specialist Dominique Kortenoeven is a true skin improvement specialist within Skin+Surgery Clinics. "Helping people inside and out that's what is my favourite thing to do. I always try to build a special bond with my clients by listening carefully and giving expert advice, everyone is unique. I apply my experience in the field of skin improvement during my treatments."

Dominique Kortenoeven

Certified skin specialist

Skin specialist Naomi Sambo is a true all-round skin improvement specialist within Skin+Surgery Clinics. By listening carefully to your specific wishes and drawing up a personal treatment plan together, she helps you get to the most beautiful version of yourself step by step. Besides the fact that her treatments are very effective, she also finds it important that you experience a moment of rest. That you don't have to do anything for a while. Because when you relax, your body can recover best.

Naomi Sambo

Certified skin specialist

Skin specialist Michelle is a true all-round skin improvement specialist within Skin+Surgery Clinics. Her dedication to the profession and ability to provide clients with an unparalleled experience make her a valuable asset to the Skin+Surgery Clinics team. With her in-depth knowledge, she will focus on treatments such as Hydrafacial, peels, connective tissue massage and the acclaimed skinceutical facials. These treatments are designed to enhance your natural beauty and make your skin glow.

Michelle Kok

Certified skin specialist


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