Bichat’s fat pad reduction
Fat pad reduction helps to slim the face and eliminate the unwanted fullness effect. This procedure also allows for better exposure of structures that are naturally more prominent on a woman’s face, such as the zygomatic arches. At Timeless Clinic, we perform Bichat’s fat pad reduction as one of the steps in the facial feminization process.
Fat compartments greatly affect the appearance, perception and ability to achieve a typically feminine facial expression. Bichat’s fat pads are fat structures located in the cheek area just above the cheekbones between the masseter and the facial muscles. They are not only responsible for the shape and oval of the face, but together with the surrounding muscles they build a structure that gives the effect of fullness to the face.
During the facial feminization process, we can work on both bone tissue and soft structures. Through access inside the mouth, the surgeon is able to modify the fatty tissue and achieve the desired result. A minimal incision (about 5 mm) in the gums allows us to safely remove excess fat pad tissue. The surgeon does not interfere with the structure of the muscles, salivary glands or dental arches. After the procedure, only a small, invisible scar remains inside the mouth.
In the first few days after the procedure, there may be some visible swelling of the cheeks, which will disappear naturally after some time. The first feminizing effect of Bichat’s fat pad reduction will appear after about 6 months, while the final result is visible one year after surgery.
Each of the treatments that make up the full facial feminization process is preceded by a series of examinations, medical analyses and consultations with specialists. In case of Bichat’s fat pad reduction procedure it is important not to remove fat structures completely but only the excess tissue responsible for the impression of fullness and roundness of the face. At Timeless Clinic, we know how much precision and experience is required to achieve the slimming effect without unnaturally sunken cheeks.
In Timeless clinic the whole process of FFS procedure and each of the stages of face and figure feminization are planned with the use of the modern Vectra XT system. It is an innovative solution used by prominent centers of aesthetic surgery in the world, which allows to visualize the effects of treatments already at the consultation stage. On the basis of photos from cameras Vectra XT creates a 3D model of the patient’s face and figure on which it is possible to perform infinite number of visualizations of each stage of FFS process. We know from our client feedback how helpful this is in reducing the stress and anxiety associated with the lengthy and challenging MtF transition process.