What is bichectomy?
Bichectomy is an aesthetic-functional surgical procedure whose main objective is to reduce the size of the cheeks. For this, the Bichat balls, which are a fatty tissue, located below the cheekbones, are removed.
During infancy, this fat helps the baby in sucking during breastfeeding. However, in adult life, in addition to being no longer needed, it will not be used as a source of energy and will not reduce with physical activity and weight loss. Thus, it can be removed when medically indicated.
In which cases is bichectomy indicated?
Most people believe that bichectomy is for cosmetic purposes only. However, its main indication is functional, in cases in which the individual involuntarily bites the inside of the cheeks, causing constant canker sores, bruises and bleeding.
When the harmony of the face is compromised, it can also be performed, as long as it is very cautious, so that in the long term, the skin does not become flaccid and age prematurely.
There is no ideal age group to operate, however, it is recommended that the procedure be done from 18 years old, when the face has already grown completely.
Among the main complications are:
- facial asymmetry;
- salivary gland damage;
- nerve damage.
How is the procedure done?
The total or partial removal of Bichat balls is done with a small internal cut, on both sides of the face. After the surgery, which lasts between 30 minutes and one hour, the incision sites are sutured.
Stitches are absorbable, removal is not necessary. The main advantage of accessing this adipose tissue from the inside of the mouth is that healing occurs faster and there are no visible marks.
What are the expected results?
Bichectomy provides a harmonious and thin face. In a few weeks, it is already possible to notice differences. Over the days, the changes tend to become more evident and, after three months, the face will be completely deflated.
Note that the result cannot be reversed. Therefore, you should carefully analyze whether surgery is a good option for your goals, along with medical follow-up.
What are the advantages of bichectomy?
Most plastic surgeries have a complicated postoperative period and are invasive. Bichectomy stands out for its quick recovery. Furthermore, its cost is not as high as other procedures and the results are very pleasing. There are improvements both in terms of aesthetics and quality of life.
Are there contraindications to performing this procedure?
Bichectomy is not indicated for:
- people who already have thin faces;
- patients with kidney and/or liver disease;
- individuals with heart disease;
- pregnant women;
- who is undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Note that bichectomy, when performed on medical advice, generates very satisfactory results and promotes self-esteem and well-being. If you are thinking of performing this surgery, look for a qualified professional to do it safely.