Cheek Augmentation Surgery
Facial volume loss can occur as a result of weight loss or aging, creating a hollowed appearance and undesirable skin laxity in the cheek area. Patients with naturally flat cheeks may also desire enhanced definition and attractive contours that complement their unique facial structure. Depending on a patient’s cosmetic goals and anatomical needs, they may benefit from cheek implants, injectable fillers, or fat grafting. Dr. Mendieta, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Miami, Florida, performs cheek augmentation procedures to restore plumpness, volume, and definition to flat and sagging cheeks.
Dr. Mendieta performs a meticulous analysis of every patient’s facial structure and considers their objectives before devising a personalized treatment plan tailored to their needs. Patients may desire cheek augmentation if they can relate to the following concerns:
- Sunken or hollowed cheeks
- Sagging cheeks and skin
- A lack of facial definition
Cheek Augmentation Options
Dr. Mendieta meets with patients who opt for cheek augmentation with implants to select the appropriate implants to achieve their desired result. The implants are then inserted into each cheek during a quick and simple outpatient procedure, creating instant and youthful volume. Cheek augmentation with implants provides permanent results as long as the implants do not experience trauma.
Dermal fillers, such as Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®, can be injected into the cheeks to enhance the volume and improve definition. These products are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that hydrates and adds structure to the skin. Fillers are injected using only a topical anesthetic, and they create results that are noticeable immediately. This approach necessitates touch-up treatment every few months to maintain fullness.
Fat grafting delivers long-lasting and natural-looking cheek augmentation results using patient-harvested fat. Fat is carefully removed from a donor area using liposuction, purified to remove debris and excess liquid, and then strategically injected into the cheeks. Patients who opt for this procedure can improve the contours and definition of their face and body for overall enhancement.
The recovery timeline after cheek augmentation depends on the techniques used during the procedure. Most cheek augmentation patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and tenderness, but those who choose injectable fillers will likely have the mildest side effects. Typically, patients can resume their daily routine within a few days of their procedure.
Patients who undergo cheek augmentation using fat grafting or implants must refrain from exercising for 7 to 10 days. Those who opt for injectable fillers can continue their exercise regimen within a couple of days.
While residual swelling may obscure the final results for a few weeks, cheek augmentation produces an immediate improvement to the contours and volume of the treated areas. Fat grafting patients can enjoy lasting enhancement to their face and the selected donor site. Injectable fillers are known to last for several months to one year before necessitating a follow-up treatment. Cheek implants deliver permanent volume and definition enhancement.
Dr. Mendieta has been featured on numerous domestic and international television programs and publications, as well as a frequent lecturer in various professional society meetings.
How much does cheek augmentation cost?
The cost of cheek augmentation varies depending on the techniques used, surgical fees, geographical location, and anesthesia fees. You will receive an accurate price estimate for your procedure during the initial consultation.
What are the risks associated with cheek augmentation?
It is rare for patients to experience severe complications after cheek augmentation. Some of the potential risks, however, may include:
- Prolonged swelling
Will I have scarring after cheek augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is unlikely to result in visible scarring. No incisions are used to inject fat or fillers, and the incisions created for implant placement are located inside the mouth.
How should I prepare for my cheek augmentation?
Generally, patients are advised to quit smoking at least six weeks before a cheek augmentation procedure. It is also recommended to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications and supplements two weeks before their appointment to prevent excessive bleeding.