Use of Pedicled Buccal Fat Pad for Midface Augmentation

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Abstract

The pedicled buccal fat pad has occasionally been used for the closure of oroantral and oronasal fistulae. However, this versatile and convenient technique has not been used widely in the field of esthetic surgery. The main cosmetic interest in the buccal fat pads was to surgically extract them to reduce cheek prominence. Here, the authors introduce a novel operative technique using the pedicled buccal fat pad for midface augmentation in patients with deficient soft-tissue volume, particularly in the anterior malar or paranasal region. This rather simple surgical method can be performed either individually or concomitantly with reduction malarplasty. The surgical outcomes include a natural appearance with reliable long-term stability.

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