Buccal fat removal
Cheekbones are all the rage these days, and you may already know that doctors are using dermal filler to add definition to the bone. But in addition to putting stuff into cheekbones to sculpt them, doctors are also taking stuff out. Buccal fat removal (aka cheek reduction) is a procedure that slims the fat pads in the cheeks to reveal more defined cheekbones. “Buccal fat removal is a little-known procedure,” says Dr. Brent Moelleken, board-certified plastic surgeon who performs the surgery about three times a month. “When people hear they don’t have to live with the chipmunk cheeks that make them look like their older family members, they are excited and get the word out.” If you’re interested in buccal fat removal, just be sure you’re 100 percent committed to this procedure, as very few doctors know how to reverse the effects, so it is generally considered permanent, explains Dr. Moelleken. On RealSelf, interest is up 44 percent year over year with above-average traffic from 18 to 35 year olds. The average price for the cheek-slimming procedure is $3,275. (You can also try these face-slimming makeup tricks.)
Anyone who has ever over-tweezed their brows knows the hair likely isn’t coming back, and they’re probably wasting precious morning routine-time filling them in daily with pencil or powder. A more permanent solution is the eyebrow transplant, which takes hair from the “donor site” (like the back of the head) and transplants it to the brow area. Once the desired brow shape has been created, hair will begin to grow like it did in its original location, so regular trimming will be needed. “Over-plucking of the eyebrows is the most common reason people are looking to restore them,” explains Miami facial plastic surgeon, Jeffrey Epstein, MD. He performs three to four transplants a week, with 70 percent of his clients being women aged 35 to 45. Dr. Epstein cites aging as another factor that leads to thinning hair, so it’s not uncommon to see men and women over 50 also seeking out the treatment. These tips for the perfect brows can transform your appearance.