Buccal Fat Pad Augmentation for Facial Rejuvenation
The buccal space, with its fat pad, is a valuable, overlooked target in facial rejuvenation procedures. The authors identified a specific group of patients who have normal or prominent malar projection in the presence of atrophy of the buccal fat pad, with or without prominent gonial angles. Eight of 24 prospectively studied patients (Biomedical Research Institute of America) who had fat grafts and face lifts received an average of 2.7 ml of fat transferred into the buccal space. Immediate visual correction of the buccal depression was noted. No overcorrection was carried out. None of the eight patients suffered an adverse event from transoral buccal space fat grafting. Persistent facial volume in this area has been noted up to 24 months after treatment. In patients with buccal fat pad atrophy, fat grafting into the buccal space can be safely performed through an intraoral approach.