The buccal fat pad is a normally walnut sized fat mass that is situated beneath the cheekbones and runs to the corner of the mouth. Its prominence can give the appearance of “chipmunk” or “chubby” cheeks. Removal of buccal fat pads, either partially or completely, will often improve the aesthetic contour of the face.

Most people tend to lose the round fat in their cheeks as they grow older; however, for patients with chronically prominent full cheeks (that persist from youth), buccal fat pad removal in Scottsdale, Arizona may be the perfect solution that significantly enhances facial shape. It will give patients a crisper and better defined jawline, mildly fuller lips and give the appearance of “high cheekbones” by bringing out cheekbone definition which almost always make a person look more attractive.


Buccal fat pad removal is performed though extremely small and hidden incisions inside the mouth, near the back molar teeth. The fat pads are then removed, and absorbable sutures are placed avoiding any need for the removal of stitches.

There are no external incisions made, so there are no scars to be seen. This operation is performed in our Scottsdale area office with local anesthesia, or in the operating room under IV sedation. Recovery is generally fast, with no bruising and swelling subsiding after a few days.

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Known for his compassion and honesty, Dr. Shapiro strives to educate his patients so that they are empowered about their care. He carefully explains the procedures, expected results, and techniques in a way that anyone can understand. Additionally, he personally guides his clients every step of the way – from the initial consultation to their post-operative care – to ensure an enjoyable experience and the best possible results.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the reopening of my practice for both surgical and non-surgical services on May 1, 2020. As per the governor Ducey's executive order on April 22, 2020, elective surgery has been allowed to proceed, with appropriate precautions taken by health care professionals to ensure continued vigilance against the spread of Covid-19.

Our office staff and the staff of Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center and Surgical Recovery Center have proactively taken necessary precautions to meet strict criterion for health providers according to the state of Arizona. These include necessary patient screening for Covid-19, strict protocols for cleaning offices and treatment rooms, adequate PPE, and continued social distancing. As before, waiting areas will have minimal capacity, and friends and family members should not accompany one into offices or treatment areas.

With great anticipation we welcome you back to the practice, and wish you all continued health and safety.

Sincerely, Daniel Shapiro MD, FACS

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