buccal fat pad

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buccal fat pad

a fat pad in the cheek under the subcutaneous layer of the skin, over the buccinator. It is particularly prominent in infants and is often called a sucking pad.
An encapsulated wad of fat located between the masseter and lateral surface of the buccinator, above the jawline at the corner of the mouth


1. A cushion of soft material, usually cotton or rayon, used to apply pressure, relieve pressure, or support an organ or part.
2. A fleshlike or fatty mass.

abdominal pad

A dressing for absorbing discharges from surgical wounds of the abdomen.

Bichat's fat pad

Sucking pad.

buccal fat pad

Sucking pad.

dinner pad

A pad placed on the abdomen before application of a plaster cast.

dorsocervical fat pad

Buffalo hump.
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FAT PAD: prolapse of orbital fat pad at the lateral canthus of the eye

fat pad

1. Sucking pad.
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FAT PAD: prolapse of orbital fat pad at the lateral canthus of the eye
2. A layer of adipose tissue (usually capsulated) that protects structures from direct impact. Fat pads are found in various locations in the body: beneath the patellar tendon; under the calcaneus; or behind the elbow. See: illustration

kidney pad

An air or water pad fixed on an abdominal belt belt for external protection of the kidney.

knuckle pads

A congenital condition in which small nodules appear on the dorsal side of fingers.

laparotomy pad

A gauze pad with radioopaque marker employed to absorb fluids and/ or to pack off mobile viscera intraoperatively; commonly referred to as lap pad.

Malgaigne pad

See: Malgaigne pad

Mikulicz pad

See: Mikulicz-Radecki, Johann von

perineal pad

A pad covering the perineum; used to cover a wound or to absorb the menstrual flow.

sucking pad

A mass of fat in the cheeks, esp. well developed in an infant, aiding sucking.
Synonym: Bichat's fat pad; buccal fat pad

surgical pad

1. An absorbent gauze pad such as a laparotomy pad
2. A soft rubber pad with an apron and inflatable rim for drainage of escaping fluids; used in surgery and obstetrics.


Marie F.X., French anatomist, physician, and biologist, 1771-1802.
Bichat canal - Synonym(s): cistern of great cerebral vein.
Bichat fat pad - an encapsuled mass of fat in the cheek on the outer side of the buccinator muscle. Synonym(s): buccal fat pad
Bichat fissure - the nearly circular fissure corresponding to the medial margin of the cerebral (pallial) mantle, marking the hilus of the cerebral hemisphere.
Bichat foramen - Synonym(s): cistern of great cerebral vein
Bichat fossa - sphenomaxillary fossa, a small pyramidal space, housing the pterygopalatine ganglion, between the pterygoid process, the maxilla, and the palatine bone. Synonym(s): pterygopalatine fossa
Bichat ligament - the lower fasciculus of the posterior sacroiliac ligament.
Bichat membrane - the inner elastic membrane of arteries.
Bichat protuberance - Synonym(s): buccal fat pad
Bichat tunic - the tunica intima of the blood vessels.
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Buccal fat pad reconstruction in oral submucosal fibrosis.
Is buccal fat pad a better option than nasolabial flap for reconstruction of intraoral defects after surgical release of fibrous bands in patients with oral submucous fibrosis?
Utilization of the buccal fat pad for closure of oroantral and/ or oronasal communication.
Use of the buccal fat pad in maxillary and sinus grafting of the severely atrophic maxilla preparatory to implant reconstruction of the partially or completely edentulous patients: Technical note.
The use of the buccal fat pad for reconstruction of oral defects: Review of the literature and report of 15 cases.
Utilization of the buccal fat pad for closure of oro-antral and/or oro-nasal communications.
A Double Buccal Fat Pad Flap For Middle Palate Defect Closure-A New Technique For Palate Clusure.
Buccal Fat Pad Removal Aesthetic Surg 2003; 23: 484-485.
The Objective of the present study was to evaluate the utility of buccal fat pad (BFP) in reconstruction of intra-oral defects, elaborate the surgical technique used and also identify its post operative complications.
In a few cases there was incidental popping out of buccal fat pad during surgery, which was then used to its advantage in covering the defect.
Seven of the 20 patients had had a partial dehiscence of the buccal advancement flap layer, and in all these cases buccal fat pad had started to seal off the fistula by the time the dehiscence was noticed.
Closure of oroantral fistula through a combined use of buccal fat pad and buccal advancement flap is a safe and reliable method, with few complications and provides an adequate barrier to withstand a mild degree of sinus inflammation which is invariably present in the setting of an oroantral fistula.