Cheek Augmentation surgery is a cosmetic procedure intended to emphasize the cheeks. Over time the face loses fat, causing the cheeks to become flat and saggy, giving way to a sunken-in look, although some are born with naturally high cheekbones. To restore volume to the midface and recreate youthful contours, a surgeon may suggest facial implants, fillers or fat grafting.
Cheek Augmentation Types
Fat grafting & Transfer
Using your fat (taken from another part of the body, like the hips or butt), a surgeon can give fuller, plumper cheeks. Fat transfer is the best option for long-term cheek fullness, but using your fat requires an additional liposuction like procedure.
Cheek implants are another option for restoring youthfulness permanently. Silicone implants are in various shapes and sizes, ideal for someone who does not wants a slight increase, but wants to add a lot of volume, fullness and create a lifting effect.
Fillers & Injectables
To restore volume lost with age or to provide a definition. A surgeon or dermatologist can inject fillers along the cheekbone. There are a variety of injectables available. Different ones produce different effects and not all of them last the same amount of time.
The cost of Cheek Augmentation varies from $1200 to $4000 depending on other factors and one geographic area to another.
Cheek Augmentation Benefits
- Enhance facial contours and brings balance to the facial features
- Correct asymmetries and congenital defects
- Improved appearance
Cheek Implant Procedure
Procedures usually take 30 minutes to 2 hours to complete. The surgeon uses local or general anesthesia for cheek implant surgery. During the surgery, the surgeon makes incisions either at the top of the upper lip, near the gums or on the outer cheek, slightly below the lower eyelid, and the implants are inserted through the incisions. This procedure is performed in conjunction with other facial procedures. After the surgery incisions are closed with sutures and the skin is dressed to reduce swelling.
Cheek Implants Benefits
- A permanent cheek enhancement
- Controllable results, from slight to dramatic
- Safe, biocompatible materials
- Very low post-surgical risks
- Add-on procedure for other surgeries, such as a facelift