Babak Azizzadeh, M.D., FACS, chairman and director of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery (Beverly Hills, CA), has developed an innovative approach to achieve a more sculpted and symmetrical facial appearance—the Face and Buccal Lift, a transformative and customizable technique that draws patients from around the world to his center.
The Face and Buccal Lift procedure restores a youthful harmony to a patient's facial appearance by combining buccal fat pad removal and a facelift. Azizzadeh tailors this approach to each patient, carefully removing just the right amount of buccal fat, also known as cheek fat, via the inside of the patient's mouth to reduce the appearance of chubby cheeks. At the same time, Azizzadeh performs a facelift to rejuvenate and refresh the appearance of the face. During the facelift, the buccal fat that has been removed from the cheeks is used as an injectable filler to address issues such as forehead lines, thinning lips, and lines around the mouth. The facelift is completed with small surgical incisions that are placed inconspicuously within the patient's hairline for complete concealment. "I want every patient of mine to love how they look, which means their facial appearance is naturally youthful and balanced," says Azizzadeh. "That can be achieved with the Facial and Buccal Lift. With this technique, I can enhance the contours of a patient's face to obtain a beautiful symmetry while also tightening facial muscles and fixing loose skin. No two patients are alike, so no two procedures are alike. I spend a great deal of time evaluating each patient and talking with them about their goals in order to devise a holistic, detailed treatment plan that delivers the best possible results."