Buccal Fat Removal Chicago

Dr. Caughlin has written, published and taught on buccal fat pad removal and sculpting.

Cosmetically, the main goal is to sculpt your face by removing or precisely sculpting the cheek fat, which will result in very defined and attractive facial features.  In other words, it’s not only removing the buccal fat pads, but carefully sculpting it for the best aesthetic result. 

Dr. Caughlin has developed different variations of the procedure in order to enhance results. Dr. Caughlin’s focus is to create a self-image that you and everyone you know is wowed by, do it safely and that you enjoy the process and have fun while getting there. Look, elegant, chiseled and dignified with buccal fat removal in Chicago by Dr. Caughlin.


The buccal fat pad is a rounded fatty mass of tissue situated deep under the skin and muscles of the lower and mid cheeks. The buccal fat pads can create a round, chubby, and unflattering look that diminishes self-confidence. Patients that come to us often say “I have a baby face”, or “I look too young”, or “I want a sharper more defined look.”


There is a lot of scientific research that proves that these fat pads do not change significantly with age, exercise or diet. There is a higher stem cell ratio and a more avascular component to these fat pads. Dr. Caughlin has done a lot of research on this topic. They are often the result of hereditary issues, and up until this point in time are best corrected and modified with surgical treatments. Dr. C and his team know how buccal fat pads can make your face look round and or full, and how it can play a significant role in your life. Fortunately, we have an efficient and safe buccal fat sculpting solution designed specifically for each person who walks through our doors. If you are tired of living with round or chubby cheeks and want to improve your look today, do not hesitate to contact us today. Dr. Caughlin has extensive knowledge and experience with facial anatomy. Not only from his extensive cosmetic background and training but also with his work during trauma and cancer reconstructions at the busy Cook County and transgender cases at the Jessie Brown VA.

We have three main principles: Results, safety and enjoymentWe focus on these while providing you with the best buccal fat sculpting and complete facial plastic surgery in Chicago and informing you exactly of what our treatments are and what they include. With Dr. Caughlin and the entire team, you are our number one priority, and we will do everything to make sure that you are comfortable and more than satisfied with what we will be accomplishing for your facial sculpting needs.


For a young adult with a full or round baby face the buccal fat pads can be a very frustrating thing to deal with. Buccal fat removal assists with removing that unwanted fatty tissue and sculpting your face with a look that you are proud of and one that gives you a glow that brightens your day with confidence. Contours, shadows and curves come from peaks and valleys. Dr. C specializes in using these techniques to create attractive and natural shadows and curves in your face.

Say goodbye to unflattering cheeks and confide in buccal fat removal with Dr. Caughlin.  Here is how we can help:

Facial Contouring

Going beyond the cheeks, jawline, and chin structure, Dr. Caughlin's buccal fat removal sculpts and contours your face into the image that you have always dreamt of. Facial contouring takes your jaw, cheeks, and chin and changes the fundamental elements of your face. This method can make your face sharper, which makes your face more balanced, your jawline bolder, your chin more prominent, and your cheekbones raised. If facial contouring is something that you are thinking about, we will ensure that you get the image that you desire by listening and understanding everything you want to be corrected. The procedure is done in a welcoming environment with only the best plastic surgeon in Chicago. Be bold, and don’t wait; get the results that you have always wanted today. There are many different ways that Buccal Fat Removal can help and give you a younger, more defined, and attractive look. Those living with excessive buccal fat can’t do much to help fix it unless they come with Dr Caughlin, we will stop at nothing to provide a look that you can be proud of!

Redefined Jawline

One of the first things that others notice about you is your face. This has historical, evolutionary and sexual implications. Because of this fact, humans, and many other animals, are always driven to look their best. Whether we want to admit it or not, attractiveness is fundamental to us. Strong facial traits provide a heightened sense of confidence in both men and women, which affects each person's day-to-day lives. As the buccal fat space is reduced in volume it creates a valley at the junction of the upper 2/3rd and the lower 1/3rd of the face. This is a key anatomical area and has significant anatomical implications. This is the exact area that photo editors for magazines will create a shadowed appearance. No more baby face. It’s all about fat in the right places. With buccal fat removal, your jawline will be redefined, giving you a healthy and attractive look. Chubby cheeks often hide those small details that boost your true beauty. If you want a sharp jawline, contact us today and set up your initial consultation with Dr. Caughlin.


As mentioned before, genetics can play an essential role in many parts of the body. Any one person can be skinny, fit, and healthy but still retain fat and a chubby look within their face, and that is what Dr Caughlin wants to help correct. Know that it is not your fault, and you can do anything and everything right but still end up with a look that you are unsatisfied with. Double chins or fat surrounding your chin can often be a side effect of genetic attribution, meaning that it is passed down along your hereditary line. You could be in the best shape of your life and still be the victim of a double chin. It’s not fair, and we want to help you sculpt a look that you desire, because that is what you deserve. Removing buccal fat in conjunction with some other procedures and tweaks Dr Caughlin has developed himself can leave you with a defined chin, with no sign of excess fat, and give you a more mature and confident look. We don’t like to brag, but this procedure is often thought of as the best double chin treatment in Chicago, we like to call it “Cheekago”.


The Buccal Fat Consultation

We have many patients flying in from all over the world to get this procedure done with Dr. Caughlin. He is known as the buccal fat king of the world. We often do virtual consults first, as many of our patients come from far away. When you first start the process for the removal of buccal fat in Chicago, you will meet with Dr. Benjamin Caughlin (virtual or in person) in a consultation to talk about:

  • Your expectations: (What you want)
  • What you know about buccal fat pad sculpting
  • How you found Dr Caughlin and why you chose him
  • Any current medications
  • If you smoke, drink, or use drugs
  • Any allergies to drugs
  • Any past surgeries

*It is essential to be completely honest during this process, as it could play a crucial role in your treatment and the final results.

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Dr. Caughlin will go over photos of previous patients, celebrities or whomever else you want to use to illustrate your goals. 

The key is being clear with your goals and finding a surgeon you trust. 

It’s easy to trust Dr. Caughlin, as he has your ultimate goals at heart. 

The next stage is often to schedule your procedure. It is recommended that any buccal fat removal procedures are booked at least one month in advance of any significant events or celebrations that you may attend. He will thoroughly explain the entire process before the surgery is performed to ensure that you are entirely comfortable.

During: Where The Magic Happens

The word procedure is often a scary one that makes many people nervous, but we assure you that you are in the best hands in Chicago with Dr. Caughlin. The entire process can depend on each patient, but it usually is a about 40 minutes where you will be placed under local anesthesia. You will not feel any pain, but you will be awake during the procedure. Many offices think that this as a few minute procedure.  However, Dr. Caughlin takes his time.  Depending on your discussion with Dr. Caughlin, the procedure can involve buccal fat pads alone, or tightening all 4 tissue layers to really give that “snatched” look (meaning Instagram and selfie friendly).

After the area is prepped correctly and numb, small incisions will be made to the inside of the cheek. Every incision is made with accuracy and precision, ensuring that the buccal fat is safely removed. Again, depending on what you want, Dr. Caughlin can tighten multiple layers, or just make it more of a soft/subtle change. The key is for the doctor and the patient to be on the same page. Dr. Caughlin will then carefully close the incisions with dissolvable stitches. After all is said and done, you will be able to walk out of the clinic the same day, and you will be able to return home and start the recovery.

Dr. Caughlin has a specialized pre and post operative protocol to prevent infection and lead to a speedy recovery. This will be published in an international journal before the end of the year.

After: Your Road To Recovery and Amazing Results

After the procedure, it’s time to get ready to go home, get some rest, and wait for the results. Patients that have flown in to do the procedure will often stay at the Ritz in the main floor of the office building at the beautiful water tower place. *Ask about special pricing for Dr. Caughlin’s out of town patients. Before you head to your house you will be given a few things to prevent infection, Dr. Caughlin will explain what you need to do to take care of the incision, and go over any dietary restrictions. You can expect your face to be a bit swollen following the procedure and some minor bruising. We often tell patients who are self conscious to tell people they had a small dental procedure. It looks very similar to this.

Full recovery from buccal fat removal takes around three weeks. The true results takes up to 3 months to set in. It takes this amount of time because once the volume has been removed the tissues need to heal and tighten to create the contours. It is essential that you listen and follow all of Dr. Caughlin’s self-care and dietary plans to ensure a complete and fast recovery without complications while also attending all of the follow-up appointments. These follow up appointments are often virtual. If you have any questions regarding the process before, during, and after your procedure, Dr. Caughlin is highly trained, experienced and ready to answer any concerns or inquiries you have. We give every operative patient a direct line to be able to reach the doctor in the postoperative period.

When To Expect Results After Your Buccal Fat Removal In Chicago

Dr. Caughlin stands out above the rest because of the care and dedication he gives to each one of our patients. Each patient is different in their own unique way. Some patients may see results faster than others; but in the end, we assure you results that you will be absolutely mesmerized by.
It takes time for the incisions in your cheeks to heal and for your cheeks to fully settle into their new shape. Depending on the patient, results can be seen after several weeks but sometimes up to 3 to 6 months. The better self-care you do after your procedure, the quicker the healing time, and the faster you will see results. When you have a surgeon like Dr. Caughlin, you can rest assured knowing that you will get precisely what you desire. The sooner you contact us, the happier you will be. Don’t hesitate and book your consultation today.

Are You A Good Candidate for Buccal Fat Removal in Chicago?

If buccal fat removal is something that you are interested in pursuing but don’t know if you are a right candidate, the ideal candidate is someone who:

• Has chubby or puffy cheeks
• Is in good physical health
• Dislikes the fullness or roundness of their cheeks
• Wants a youthful and sharp look with more contour

There are a variety of factors that will determine if you are the right candidate for buccal fat removal, and Dr. Caughlin will decide if this procedure is correct for you. There are situations where other procedures are a better fit to obtain your goals. There are also some patients who are not good candidates for buccal fat pad removal and sculpting at all.

Buccal Fat Removal Before and After

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How much does buccal fat removal cost?

In the United States the cost of buccal fat removal ranges between $4,000 and $10,000.

The procedure cost varies depending on factors such as:

  • Is the surgeon a board certified plastic surgeon?
  • How much experience specifically with buccal fat the surgeon has
  • The type of anesthesia used
  • Prescription medications
  • Facility quality and location

Why Choose Dr. Caughlin For Buccal Fat Removal in Chicago?

Dr. Caughlin is not your ordinary facial plastic surgeon. He treats patients with kindness, respect, and professionalism while welcoming each patient with the best services in Chicago. When you choose Dr. Caughlin, you select a facial plastic surgeon who truly cares about you and your needs. He enjoys what he does and is simply the best at it. He provides one-on-one care while never treating you like “just another patient”. Check out his recent patient online reviews today. Dr. Caughlin is highly trained and experienced in his profession, and his work demonstrates that. See for yourself today all of the fantastic things that he can do for you.

A Facial Plastic Surgeon Who Will Meet Your Expectations

Dr. Caughlin is a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon in Chicago with a diverse background. He has found a passion with facial sculpting.  Buccal fat pad removal is something he has found that changes the lives of his patients. While fine tuning this skill he has identified other procedures that are symbiotic to buccal fat pad sculpting.

Facial Contouring
Facial contouring is on the rise and is taking the plastic surgery industry by storm. It is a method that enhances the facial features in patients while minimizing signs of aging or unbalances, in order to create attractive shadows and curves. Sharpen the balance and angles of your face with facial contouring in Chicago. We lovingly call it the “Cheekago” treatment.

Facial Sculpting
Like facial contouring, facial sculpting does precisely what it says in the name, sculpting your face. Everyone has an ideal image of how they want to look. Most people want to look fresh, youthful, and healthy, and facial sculpting can ensure that. This often includes changing brow position, tightening and defining the angles of the jaw and more. We create an image that makes you happy, set up a consultation today to see if facial sculpting is something you want to explore.

Jawline Contouring
A nice jawline is an attractive attribute for both men and women as it shows confidence, strength, and boldness. A sharp jawline is something that more people want every day, and we can make it happen for you.

Chin Sculpting
If you have a double chin and want it gone, chin sculpting is one of the best options. You can be perfectly healthy and fit and still be burdened with a double chin. Chin sculpting reduces fat under the chin and helps define the neck and jawline. We have many options here.

Cheek Sculpting
Do you want well-defined cheekbones? Do you want to show off one of the best features of your face? If the answer is yes, then trust in Dr. Caughlin for cheek sculpting. In a very short amount of time, he will give you a natural-looking and razor-sharp definition in your cheeks. This procedure goes beyond buccal fat removal and artistically adjusts your cheeks to get you the look you want.

Neck Liposuction
Neck liposuction is a treatment that consists of a fast procedure and minimal downtime while boasting incredible results for your appearance. Dr. Caughlin creates a youthful and sculpted neckline using the best neck liposuction techniques and procedures in Chicago. Neck liposuction also has proven benefits for those with double chins. Therefore, choosing this procedure gives you multiple benefits with both immediate and long-lasting results.

Why Dr. Caughlin Stands Out

Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Benjamin Caughlin MD, FACS is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who has sub-specialized in facial sculpting. It is what he loves and it is what he is simply the best at. Being super sub-specialized has allowed Dr Cauglin to continue to get better every day and puts him above the rest.


Dr. Caughlin spends most of his time performing cosmetic facial plastic surgery here at SDMD, but also works at Cook County Hospital of Chicago where he does trauma, cancer and scar reconstruction. He is on staff in both the head and neck surgery departments and the dermatology departments there. He trains University of Illinois, Northwestern and Cook County residents at CCHS. He also goes to the Jessie Brown Veteran’s hospital where he has been working to help develop the facial reconstructive portions of the transgender program.

Confidence is critical when it comes to the look that you desire, and having an appearance that brings down your spirit can make your day to day life miserable and unbearable. Creating the look of your dreams is something that we can do for you. Among our different services, we provide nothing less than the absolute best and most innovative procedures and treatments to ensure each of our clients’ total satisfaction.

Contact Dr Buccal Fat Today!

If you are interested in buccal fat removal or other face sculpting procedures, do not wait another minute. Contact us today!  We provide facial contouring procedures like no other facial plastic surgeon in the US while giving you long-lasting results that make you feel happier, prouder, and younger.  

NOTE:  We offer hotel accommodation (and transportation to and from the hotel) for our out of town patients. 

Phone: (312) 335-2070

845 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

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