Strong cheekbones are a sign of youth and a defined facial appearance. Our Sarasota, FL facial plastic surgeons use cheek implants or fillers, or a combination of both, to correct the loss of volume in the mid-face, and lift the cheeks for a rejuvenated appearance. In addition to filling out the central region of the face, due to aging or weight loss, cheek augmentation helps to decrease the visible effects of laugh lines, wrinkles, and loose jowls. There are many options to consider and during your consultation with one of our Sarasota cosmetic surgeons, all of the options will be discussed.
"This Specific Doctor! - I view the choice for a plastic surgeon in 3 areas. Reputation; manner; results. I was walking in with a face that had been treated with Botox in such a way that, to me, I looked grotesque. I could smile on one side and the other side of my mouth was paralyzed by the fact that Botox took effect on one side but not on the other. The Botox had been administered by another doctor in another state. To say I was nervous about doing anything else at all was an understatement. I remember Dr. Graham saying to me, when I was considering a lower-priced dermatologist to address my face, "Think about it; it's your face." Good words. I did think about it and I did proceed with Dr. Graham. I had known numerous people who had seen him for successful surgeries, and many of them could afford to go to any doctor in the world. They chose Dr. Graham. He took the time with me, explained, reassured and scheduled me in a time frame for which I could be in town. He was very well recommended and has an unusually admirable reputation. That is what initially got me there. His manner was kind and sweet yet also had a touch of confidence and conviction that he could help me that sort of made me pay special attention to the level of expertise and care I was about to receive.That brings us to the results. No one but a few close friends know I had this surgery. Yet everyone says how great I look, that life must be treating me well, that I seem so happy and content these days. Dr. Graham created the perfect look with a gentle touch, with not too much but very much enough for significant improvement and for rolling back the clock. I am 64. Most people guess that I'm in my early to mid-40's. Maybe that's just being polite but the fact that these compliments come from such diverse individuals and on the heels of this surgery must be more than coincidental.I must compliment, too, the staff at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center. Helpful, polite, kind, caring, reassuring....they are extremely supportive and no question seems to mundane or silly for them to answer. They are prompt at returning a phone call and bend over backwards to make scheduling work. The office feels good. It is comfortable, tasteful, clean, nurturing, peaceful.I would go to Dr. Braun Graham again. Plastic surgery is not inexpensive but we don't get another body to live in. Not only would I recommend his work to others, I would return to his care myself knowing I was in the best hands possible. I say this, too, because I have had previous procedures and while I have interacted with some very good physicians and surgeons, I believe Dr. Graham is at the very top of the list in the qualities I value."- F. / RealSelf / Nov 16, 2016
"From start to finish it was flawless! - I had an amazing experience. My implants had to be removed as they were 36 years old. Everything he told me to expect was all true. Every step of the way.Very kind and compassionate and professional.The surgery went perfectly, no complications. I did not even need my pain medicine not even an advil. My mobility was limited but it got better each day. Now I am fully recovered. I did not replace..."- J. / RealSelf / May 26, 2018
"This is a long overdue review of Dr. Derby, who completed the removal of a softball sized lipoma from my right shoulder. Dr. Derby is the best & I would recommend him to family and friends. I went to FIVE different consultations before choosing Dr. Derby. He was by far the most thorough and showed a high degree of caring and professionalism. I had never had any kind of surgery before and he put up with all of my questions and walked me through the process & made me feel like I was in great hands"- L.P. / Healthgrades / May 24, 2018
"Mommy Makeover - Love my results. Love the time and patience Dr Engel had with me before , DURING, and post operatively. He called my husband during my surgery to express his concern during a complication. I have been a nurse for 30 years and NEVER new a Dr to call spouse with a problem during surgery."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / May 14, 2018
"great experienceand results wereunbelievable"- S. / Healthgrades / May 14, 2018
Cheek implants are either placed within the malar (directly on the cheek bone) or submalar (below the cheekbone) area. These are inserted through incisions made typically within the upper lip or below the eyes. Implants can vary in type, size and shape depending on the analysis of the cheek structure. Listed below are the common methods used for cheek augmentation techniques.
Silicone is a permanent solution to add volume to the cheeks with a variety of shapes and sizes that match the patient’s preference. The surgeon will consider the silicone shape and size, as well as the definition the implant will provide after a digital analysis of the patient’s face structure has been assessed. Pockets will be made directly against the cheekbone where the implants will be fitted and sutured. This type of silicone is unlike the silicone gel found in breast implants and it is a safer option as it is in solid form and does not run any risks of leakage.
This is a natural occurring substance within the body and often found in the connective tissue. It is processed as an injectable filler for medical purposes, including cosmetic surgery. The least invasive of all procedures, the filler is injected in deep layers within the mid-face area. While most fillers create beautiful, natural results, the outcome is not permanent. Most fillers will last approximately 9-24 months.
Another natural substance that can be injected into the mid-face to enhance volume is the patient’s own fat tissues that are harvested from donor sites using liposuction, and then re-injected into the cheeks. Often fat can create a permanent volume correction.
Cheek augmentation is done as an outpatient procedure with the use of anesthesia. It is performed in a surgical facility and normally takes up to 1 hour to complete. Bruising, swelling and numbness are a part of the immediate recovery and usually subside within the second week. Although the result is instantly noticeable, over the course of a few months as the implant settles into its new position, the results will become softer and more natural.
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Cheek Implant FAQs
Implants or Fillers?
Generally, both have long-standing records when it comes to safety. The major concern that many patients have is how permanent the results are. Injectable fillers are mostly temporary. As these are manufactured from natural substances, a great volume of the filler is absorbed by the body. Silicone implants are made solid in this type of augmentation and has no risk of leakage, which renders them more permanent than the other materials.
Initially, the face will feel stretched and tight as the implants settle into its position. This is normal and the sensation will gradually disappear until a month passes. It is important to find a plastic surgeon that has a good track record in performing facial procedures to ensure that the results will be according to the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Will There Be Scars?
Since the incisions are made within the mouth and underneath the upper lip, the scars will not be visible. The scars will dissolve on their own.