What is Bichectomy?

The medical procedure - also known as buccal fat removal - is a plastic surgery procedure for reducing prominent cheeks, by the proportional removal of buccal fat-pad tissue.

Why women choose Bichectomy?

Why women choose Bichectomy?

In facial harmonization, the bichectomy is a procedure that provides work on a marked and dominant mandible, as well as creating a powerful and beautiful impression, which are highly admired characteristics. The intention is to lengthen, outline, and establish facial contours contributing to an improved self-esteem.

Why women choose Bichectomy?
Bichectomy operation

Bichectomy operation

  • It will take place at the internationally accredited Luxury Private Hospital 
  • It will be performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia
  • The approximate time of the operation is around 1 hour
  • You will be required to stay in Istanbul for a total of 2 nights
  • Patient will stay overnight in the hospital after the operation
Bichectomy operation
Procedure details : Bichectomy

Procedure details : Bichectomy

Bichectomy - also known as buccal fat removal - is an operation to remove the excess fat on the patients' buccal fat-pad tissue. The excess part is taken out permanently via a tiny 1-1.5cm incision in the mucous membrane of the mouth (inside of both cheeks), leaving no visible scars and causing minimum pain to the patient. Usually, the procedure takes approximately 1 hour. Your surgeon prefers, for most cases, general anaesthetic. Bichectomy can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures as well.


The surgery is safe, with a slight risk of complications. The results can be seen from the first week after surgery and are permanent.

Procedure details : Bichectomy

How to prepare for Bichectomy?

You have a dedicated team of patient advisors, nurses, and your surgeon to support you throughout the entire journey, and after it. However, Bichectomy is a surgery that demands you to take several steps to help ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. Avoiding some points can help you recover faster, and also minimize the risk of complications.

3 Weeks Before

3 Weeks Before

It is required to inform our surgeon of all medicines you have been prescribed.


Smoking is prohibited, as it may boost a post-surgical risk and weaken the recovery period. This includes all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes. 


If you have a dental problem, aphthae, or mouth ulcer, you must book an immediate appointment with your dentist or doctor as it needs to be resolved at least one-week prior to surgery. 

1 Weeks Before

1 Week Before

Refrain from consuming herbal products such as supplements and teas.


Taking medication such as coraspin, aspirin, ecopirin, coumadin, and clexan is prohibited. 


We advise against taking painkillers, unless they contain paracetamol.


Check if your issues within your mouth (dental problem, aphthae, mouth ulcer etc.) have fully resolved, and no new problems have arisen.

Last Night Before

Last Night Before

Drinking and eating is prohibited 8 hours before surgery, and that includes drinking water and chewing gum.


You must take a shower before surgery, that could either be the night before your surgery, or after waking up on the day of surgery.

Surgery Day

Surgery Day

Refrain from putting on any makeup and remove contact lenses. We also recommend not wearing any type of jewelry.


Comfortable clothing is strongly recommended, and button-front shirts are preferred from your surgeon.

After the Bichectomy

It is a bloodless surgery and aesthetic operation with minor to no pain. After the procedure, you will have minimum discomfort.


The sutures inside your mouth are absorbable and will fall out on their own.

Your surgeon will give you comprehensive pre-operative guidance before the Bichectomy, also give you directions and recommendations afterwards. Follow all of these guidelines to help ensure your ease, prevent risks, and speed up the recovery.

Rhinoplasty FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions of Bichectomy

  • 01 Is Bichectomy OK for me? If you are someone aged 18 or over, this operation is OK for you.
  • 02 What is involved in the Bichectomy? Bichectomy – also known as buccal fat removal – is an operation to remove the excess fat on the patients' buccal fat-pad tissue.
  • 03 What's the risk? There is no significant risk other than standard surgical procedures.
  • 01 When will the Doctor be checking up on me? Your surgeon will be checking you on the 1st day after your surgery.
  • 02 Will I be left with scars after the operation? No scars are visible after Bichectomy.
  • 01 How many days will I stay in Istanbul? You will be required to stay in Istanbul for two nights.
  • 02 How long am I going to need to take off work? You don’t have to take off any days for work once you are home. The operation will not require any extra days off.
  • 03 Does the price include everything? All the operation procedures, accommodation, airport concierge, dedicated patient coordinator, and transfers is included in the priced, but you will need to purchase flights to Istanbul.


Bichectomy Duration Of Stay Price