Bichectomy: specialist explains the procedures that attracts more and more followers

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One of the latest trends in facial harmonization is bichectomy, a surgical procedure aimed at those who wish to have a thinner face. This technique, which initially had a dental purpose, exclusively for people who chewed the cheek causing local trauma and a chronic wound, is now responsible for changing some beauty standards.

According to plastic surgeon Newton Roldão, owner of the medical clinic that bears his name and a full member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery (SBCP), bichectomy is indicated to decrease evidence of the cheek, removing a portion of fatty tissue called Bola of Bichat. As a result there is a decrease in the rounded shape of the face, resulting in a leaner and more harmonious face.

The latest Census on Plastic Surgery in Brazil, conducted by SBCP in 2016, indicated that 7,362 underwent the procedure, an increase of 14.25% compared to the year 2014. "But it was in 2017 that we saw a great increase in the demand for this technique. Although the technique has become popular, it is necessary to be alert to some alerts ", points out Roldão.

The expert points out that despite being a quick surgery, the fat is removed from a rather delicate location, close to many glands, nerves and arteries that are important structures of the face. In addition, surgery is irreversible. This is why a professional with knowledge and experience is needed so that a correct assessment of the patient's real need is also made.

In any case, it is important to note that only bichectomy will not bring an expressive result to those who wish to achieve facial harmonization. For this, a series of evaluations and a set of aesthetic procedures are required that aim to integrate harmoniously and functionally the facial expressions, gills, lips, nose, eyes, eyelids and even teeth and gingiva, a work done in partnership with a professional specialized in aesthetic dentistry.

"This can all be done by integrating bichectomy with facial liposuction, blepharoplasty [plastic surgery that improves the appearance of the upper and lower eyelids, eliminating pockets of fat, wrinkles, sagging and rejuvenating the region around the eyes], application of toxin botulinum and hyaluronic acid, as well as with the complementation of an orthodontic prosthesis, tooth whitening, among other procedures, all in search of the functional aesthetic balance of the face ", explains Newton Roldão.

For those who are wondering how the postoperative period is, the specialist explains that it is usually quiet and painless. The final result is visible three months later, when the musculature of the face is totally repositioned.

It is common for swelling to appear in the first few days. To decrease this symptom, ice packs, preference to cold foods and liquid or pasty diet are some of the medical recommendations. In addition, patients should avoid hot baths.

As for physical exercise, it is recommended to restart only 10 days after surgery. Finally, it is also important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Overweight increases body fat and there may be change of facial contour by accumulation in other regions susceptible to changes in volume.

By: Thiago Oliveira

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