The Bichat bubble consists of an adipose deposit localized in the cheek between the masseter and buccinator muscles, responsible for the characteristic chubby cheeks of children which generally reduces gradually over time.

How the Bichat Bubble is removed

The procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic and involves an intraoral incision of less than 2 centimetres in the cheek membrane which grants access to the Bichat bubble. This can then be partially or totally aspirated. The stitch will be re-absorbent.

Post-operative recovery

Ice will be applied straight after the procedure to counter the swelling that is a natural consequence of a surgical operation. Particular attention will need to be paid to oral hygiene in the days following the operation so to promote wound healing.


After the light swelling has gone down, the cheeks will appear better-defined with sharper cheekbones.