A review of the gross anatomy, functions, pathology, and clinical uses of the buccal fat pad

Saad Yousuf, R. Shane Tubbs, Christopher T. Wartmann, Theodoros Kapos, Aaron A. Cohen-Gadol, Marios Loukas

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The buccal fat pad is a trigone-shaped adipose tissue located in the cheek that assumes numerous functional and aesthetic clinical uses. It has been studied extensively within the past four decades, and its use in repairing common and debilitating oral defects is the motive for continued research on this topic. It is vital to understand the etiology of any oral defect or of a lesion of the buccal fat pad, for a misdiagnosis can prevent eVective treatment of the underlying problem. In this review, we describe the embryology and anatomy of the buccal fat and its association with clinical condition and clinical procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-436
Number of pages10
JournalSurgical and Radiologic Anatomy
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010



  • Buccal fat pad
  • Buccal fat pad herniation
  • Buccal fat pad lipoma
  • Cleft palate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Surgery
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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