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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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Your safety is our number one priority. Please know that we join our community in taking advised precautions to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. For the time being we are planning on continuing practice as usual, with some additional precautions.

We have always routinely wiped down our office and patient exam chairs with medical-grade sanitizing wipes. We will expand this to include door knobs, toilet and faucet handles and will have hand-sanitizer available to you at check-in.

No staff will be allowed to come to work with a cough or fever, or if they have had contact with anyone with confirmed Coronavirus. We kindly ask for the same considerations from you. If you have any flu-like symptoms or have recently traveled, please call the office to reschedule your appointment.

We appreciate your flexibility as we will be limiting routine follow-up appointments over the next few weeks and ask patients to not bring friends and family members to their appointments to avoid the amount of patients we have in the office at one time. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please call and let us know.

Sincerely, Daniel Shapiro MD, FACS

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