Cheek Augmentation Overview
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.
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Cheek Augmentation Surgical Technique
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 During/After Surgery
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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- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
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.