The Bichectomy or cheeks surgery

The Bichectomy or cheeks surgery



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Bichectomy or plastic cheeks surgery is the procedure through which fat bags from the lower part of the cheeks, also known as Bichat fat bags, is removed. Bichat fat bags are susceptible of increasing size for various reasons, the most common ones being family inheritance and/or abrupt significant weight changes where there may also be increase of fat in the jowl.

In all cases this Bichat fat makes the face look wider or round, which is interpreted as a “bulged face” or “chubby”. The objective of surgery when dissecting these bags and thinner the faces and enhance aesthetic aspect.

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    Dr. Minyor Avellaneda

    Academic Training
    • Member of the Colombian Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Society.
    • Associated member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
    • Volunteer at Fundación Operación Sonrisa Colombia (Operation Smile Internacional).
    • University of Birmingham, Alabama (United States), Observership.
    • Maxillofacial and pediatric surgery atChildren's Hospital Alabama (United States)
    • Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Universidad El Bosque.
    • Physician - Surgeon Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá.


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    1How long does bichectomy last?
    This procedure lasts about 40 minutes.
    2How long is the recovery time?
    Patient may return to working activities from the second day depending on the recovery of each patient and the kind of activity they have.
    3What post-surgery precautions must I have?
    Basically, to follow recommendations and take medication. Physical activities as sports may be done starting on the tenth day after surgery and they may gradually increase in intensity.
    4If I am a foreign patient, how long must I stay in Colombia?
    It is advisable to stay in Colombia for at least three days after the procedure, for better post-surgery control.
    5Who is an ideal prospect for bichectomy?
    Anyone who has a wide face or prominent cheeks.
    6What other names is this procedure known as?
    Cheeks reduction, bichectomy.
    7Am I going to have anti-aesthetic scars after surgery?
    There are no anti-aesthetic scars since they are inside the mouth.
    8Can this surgery be combined?
    Yes, this surgery may be combined. In most cases, bichectomy is combined with procedures such as rhinoplasty and otoplasty.
    9Does it hurt much?
    More than pain, it may cause discomfort from swelling. It is advisable not too eat very solid food for four days.