VLR: An Alternative to Buccal Fat Removal in Chicago

VLR: An Alternative to Buccal Fat Removal in Chicago As we move to adulthood, getting rid of “baby fat” or “chipmunk cheeks” is something that naturally occurs. However, for some, the cheeks continue to keep these unwanted blemishes to defined features. Buccal fat removal surgery is a surgery that removes excess fat in the cheek. It creates a thinner, more mature, and more defined look. However, for those who don’t want to undergo a serious invasive procedure, there is a better alternative called Vaser Liposuction.

Dr. Kovak Cosmetic Center has introduced Vaser Liposuction with Renuvion, commonly known as VLR. This minimally invasive procedure allows patients to get the desired results without needing extended recovery time and weeks of pain that Buccal Fat Removal has on its patients.



Why Do Patients Want Their Buccal Fat Pads Removed?

Buccal fat pads are deep within the cheek and cause patients to have a fuller and younger appearance. While many different fat pockets get bigger over time, and exercise and dieting can often reduce them, it is the opposite for buccal fat pads. These persistent pads are genetic and do not go away on their own. Therefore the need for surgical intervention is necessary.

What Does Buccal Fat Removal Do?

Buccal fat reduction in Chicago is an invasive procedure that extracts the buccal fat pad in the cheeks. The results are a more contoured, slimmer look to the face that defines the cheekbones, jawline, and overall facial features. Unfortunately, no matter the amount of exercise or dieting you do can reduce these buccal fat pads; therefore, you will need surgery to get rid of them.

Buccal fat removal will get rid of these unwanted fat pads and even out proportions, creating a more mature and defined appearance. While it is normal for the cheeks to have some fat, too much in the area will lower self-esteem and contribute to confidence issues.

Buccal Fat Removal Alternative: V.L.R. (Vaser Laser With Renuvion) 

Buccal Fat Removal Alternative

What is Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser Liposuction is a treatment that has evolved from traditional and laser liposuction. It eliminates the problems and potential risks of these two treatments while benefiting from what makes them so effective; this includes:

  1. The sculpting and defining effects of liposuction without the risk of scarring
  2. The breaking down of fat cells of laser liposuction without the risk of overheating and damaging the tissue.

The laser devices used at Kovak use ultrasonic vibration to break up the fat in the area being treated. This safer procedure forces the body to rupture the excess fat without overheating (overheating can potentially cause injury to the skin – which this new treatment eliminates the chances of).

What is Renuvion?

Renuvion is another revolutionary procedure that is minimally invasive and is designed to release radiofrequency and pro-helium gas into the target area. Throughout this process, the skin starts to tighten, sculpting the face, cheekbones, and jawline. Additionally, Renuvion promotes the natural production of collagen.

As we age, the production of collagen is slowed down. This causes the face to lose volume leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. The natural production of collagen caused by Renuvion assists the body in regaining volume in the face, reversing the signs of aging.

How Do These Treatments Work Together To Eliminate Buccal Fat Pads and “Chipmunk Cheeks”

How Do These Treatments Work Together To Eliminate Buccal Fat Pads and "Chipmunk Cheeks"The combination of Vaser Liposuction and Renuvion has changed the way patients look at achieving their desired results of a chiseled jawline and face contour. While surgical options have been the only option patients have been presented with, VLR allows for an easier way without the extended recovery times of invasive surgery (like buccal fat pad removal). VLR requires only minor incisions to be made and leaves minimal scarring without the need for stitches.

Throughout the buccal fat reduction process using VLR at Kovak Cosmetic Center, the Vaser Liposuction treatment’s job is to break down and liquify the fat cells. Renuvion is then administered, and its job is to tighten the skin and promote the natural production of collagen. The “chipmunk” appearance will disappear, and the cheekbones, jawline, neck, and other facial features will be more defined. The results are a mature and glowing look.

Are the Results of VLR Permanent?

Vaser Liposuction with Renuvion at Chicago at Kovak Cosmetic Center is permanent! Even if you gain weight in the future, those unwanted and lasting buccal fat pads will never grow back. However, significant weight gain does make a face look plumper as there are expanded fat cells in other areas of the face. Gaining weight in your face may potentially mask your results. Therefore, once you have a more defined look, you must continue to exercise regularly and have a healthy and balanced diet.

Are You a Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal Using VLR in Chicago?

 The ideal Chicago buccal fat removal candidate is past the age of facial development, is in good general health, and has large buccal fat pads within the cheek. Age does play an essential factor in candidacy, as the loss of fat and thinning in the face is a part of puberty and the aging process. Generally, patients should wait until they are 25 and have fully matured to see whether or not their buccal fat pads are overly large and should be removed.

Unfortunately, getting rid of your buccal fat pads too young can cause a gaunt-like and sunken appearance as you age, adding years to your complexion. Therefore, during your primary consultation with Dr. Kovak, he will thoroughly evaluate you, your age, and your medical history. He will then determine whether or not you are a candidate for buccal fat removal using VLR or if a different cheek contouring treatment is a better option for your unique condition.

The Top Facial Plastic Surgeon for VLR Buccal Fat Reduction in Chicago

Dr. Kovak is board-certified and specializes in the top treatments of facial contouring and sculpting, like buccal fat reduction using VLR. He and his team understand all aspects of facial symmetry and balance, ensuring that your procedure will bring out defining and beautiful results. Our goal is to provide you with a facial appearance that you fall in love with every single day, allowing you to feel comfortable in your own skin.

Are you sick of chubby cheeks making you look younger than you actually are while hiding your most prominent facial features? Buccal fat removal may be the solution to all of your problems. Don’t hesitate to book your primary consultation with Dr. Kovak and his team to start the process of a more flattering facial structure today.


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