Darren M. Smith, MD, FACS Recently Featured on CNN to Discuss Buccal Fat Removal

February 10 17:52 2023
This trending face-contouring procedure is designed to accentuate the cheekbones and was the subject of a recent CNN story.

Darren M. Smith, MD, FACS, was recently featured on CNN as a subject matter expert in the area of buccal fat removal.

Buccal fat removal is a surgical procedure in which the buccal fat pads in the cheeks are removed to thin the cheeks, slim the face, and accentuate the cheekbones. The procedure has been trending in the media as it grows in popularity. Celebrities have recently touted the surgery, adding to the demand plastic surgeons are seeing.

CNN Style recently published an article entitled “Why Everyone Is Suddenly Talking About Buccal Fat Removal”. Dr. Smith shared his experience with buccal fat removal as a plastic surgeon. He noted that typically patients who want this procedure are those who have a fuller face and want to slim it out a bit. Alternatively, some patients “might not have a full face, but they just want to see a little more definition in the cheekbones,” said Dr. Smith.

In other cases, older patients want buccal fat removal for facial rejuvenation. “The buccal fat pad is subject to gravity, and it can droop over time,” said Dr. Smith.

Model Chrissy Teigen is one of the notable celebrities who announced that she’d recently undergone the procedure, which spurred a flurry of interest in the procedure across the country.

Dr. Smith believes that buccal fat removal surgery can have exceptional results when done by a skilled doctor. He warns anyone interested in buccal fat removal to do their due diligence in finding the right plastic surgeon. If performed too aggressively or on improperly selected patients, buccal fat pad excision can lead to a prematurely aged appearance.

Dr. Smith is one of New York’s most highly trained aesthetic plastic surgeons, and he offers a full spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical procedures for his patients. He recently opened a new world-class surgical center within the Ritz Tower in New York City, where he serves his patients with a wide variety of services, including buccal fat removal.

Buccal fat removal by Dr. Smith is provided as an outpatient service and has a 2-7 day recovery. During the procedure, Dr. Smith makes a small incision inside the mouth to remove the buccal fat pad. Then, the incision is closed with dissolvable stitches. There are no scars or marks on the outside of the patient’s cheeks. This fast surgery can be done in as little as 30 minutes and offers visible contouring after the initial recovery phase has passed.

Anyone interested in buccal fat removal by a world-class physician is invited to book a consultation with Dr. Smith. More information can be found at https://www.darrensmithmd.com/face/buccal-fat-removal-nyc/.

The full CNN article is available at https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/buccal-fat-removal-explainer-trnd/index.html.


Darren M. Smith, MD, FACS, is one of the most highly-trained board certified plastic surgeons in the nation and specializes in facial aesthetic surgery, body contouring, breast surgery, Lipedema treatment, Gynecomastia and advanced technology in aesthetic surgery and cosmetic medicine. What truly sets him apart is his ability to marry advanced techniques and technologies in aesthetic surgery and cosmetic medicine to achieve stunning results. He has an extensive background in applying 3D computer graphics techniques to procedural simulation and planning in craniofacial and aesthetic surgery, generating work that has resulted in the issuance of a US Patent and over 200 peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and book chapters.

A Brown University undergraduate and medical school alum, he currently lives in New York City. For more information on Dr. Smith or to learn more about liposuction and other treatments or procedures offered, please visit www.DarrenSmithMD.com

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