The Surgical Cheek Augmentation Technique
Many of the physical features typically associated with beauty can be at least partially improved on one’s own - diet, exercise, and skin care are just a few of the ways people commonly enhance their appearance. Unfortunately, not all features can maintain their youthful appearance with these beauty regimens.
Cheek placement and definition can have a large impact on the overall face, making it particularly frustrating for people who have naturally poor definition or whose cheeks have changed over time. But despite this seemingly inherent trait, there is a relatively simple way to enhance one’s cheeks through facial plastic surgery.
With a cheek augmentation, patients at our Manhattan office can effectively change the shape, size, and position of their cheeks. Whether you are looking for a subtle or dramatic change to the contours of your face, this highly customizable technique may help you achieve your cosmetic goals.
Candidates for Cheek Augmentation
Generally, good candidates for cheek augmentation through implants are those looking to permanently redefine the contours of their cheeks. Because the implant technique utilizes surgery, patients must have realistic expectations for the procedure and ensuing recovery. Additionally, they must be in good health and have few risk factors that would otherwise result in complications. Popular reasons that people may seek cheek implants include:
- Poorly defined cheekbones
- Small or flat cheeks
- Cheeks that appear too masculine or feminine
- Facial asymmetry
- Gaunt or sunken cheeks due to aging
Because cheek implants come in a wide assortment of shapes and sizes, they can be customized to match nearly any candidate’s specific need. For a personal assessment of whether implants may be the right method of cheek augmentation for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Foster.
Types of Cheek Augmentation with Implants
In addition to the implant’s shape, the precise location of the augmentation also makes a large impact on the aesthetic results. There are three specific locations where implants can be placed, in relation to the cheekbone:
- Malar: Malar implants are placed directly over the cheekbones, making them more pronounced. This is the most common type of augmentation procedure.
- Sub-malar: Sub-malar implants are placed just below the cheekbones, adding volume and fullness to the mid-section of the face. This is a good option for patients who want a more youthful or soft appearance.
- Combined: Implants can simultaneously augment the cheekbones and the area below them, giving patients better definition and a fuller overall appearance.
Oftentimes, patients seeking a cheek augmentation have additional features that they would like to enhance, combining the procedure with other treatments such as a facelift or lip augmentation. No matter your specific goals for plastic surgery, our range of services can accommodate you.
How Cheek Augmentation is Performed
Patients undergoing cheek augmentation can expect the following procedure:
- To decrease discomfort during surgery, patients will first be given general anesthesia or local anesthesia, possibly in conjunction with conscious sedation.
- An incision will then be made in the cheek where the implant is to be placed. Depending on the type of implant and surgical technique, incisions may be made in the exterior of the cheek or from inside the mouth.
- The implant will then be positioned within the cheek and sutured in place.
- The incisions will be sutured closed.
After surgery, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort over the following days. With proper rest and healing, most people are ready to return to work within a week.
Come In for a Consultation
By consulting Dr. Foster, you can learn more about our cheek augmentation methods and whether they’re right for you. If you are not a good candidate, we will gladly discuss alternative options and suggest ways through which to meet your needs. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.