Bichectomy or removal of the Bichat balls
The strengths of this type of intervention
The bichectomy is performed through the inside of the mouth and does not cause a scar on the face.
The final result can be appreciated after 15 days to 3 months depending on the type of face.
Bichectomy allows for a significant improvement in facial features. By reducing the volume of fatty tissue, the cheeks take on a more refined shape.
If you suffer from a discomfort or a complex caused by a face that is too rounded and you wish to reduce the volume of your cheeks, this operation can be of great help to you. The bichectomy will allow you to have a face whose proportions will be more balanced.
Description of the surgical operation
It is a procedure performed in the operating room either under local or general anesthesia.
The incision is made in the mouth, the Bichat balls are then reduced and the mucosa is sutured with absorbable thread.
Bichectomy in practice
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, a 15-day reflection period is required.
This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you can leave the same evening as your operation.
Questions / Answers
What are the consequences after the operation?
A swelling of the face may occur in the days following the operation, it is then advised to apply ice on the cheeks (without direct contact with the skin) to reduce the swelling.
You will also be prescribed painkillers and mouthwashes
Healing inside the mouth is rapid and the sutures will fall out on their own after a few days.
At what age can a bichectomy be performed?
This procedure is performed from the age of 18.
Are there other ways to refine the face?
Yes, depending on the patient's anatomy, several alternatives can be proposed:
- Botulinum toxin injections in the masseter muscle in case of important volume of the latter
- A surgery of the mandible
What are the possible complications of a Bichectomy?
Rare complications may occur during or after the procedure:
- Wound healing disorders
- Lesion of other anatomical elements such as the facial nerve or the canal of Stenon...
How much does a bichectomy cost in Paris?
The cost of this procedure depends on the method of operation used.
Rates start at 3000€ excluding clinic fees.
This operation is not covered by social security.
Additional benefits may be added: please ask your surgeon for more information.
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Docteur Yaël Berdah and Docteur Marc-David Benjoar
Plastic surgeons in Paris France