As we age, fatty tissue in the midface tends to migrate downward toward the nose and mouth. This repositioning of fatty tissues creates the appearance of volume loss between the highpoint of the cheek and the resulting heavier nasolabial (smile) fold.
True volume loss may also accompany age-related fat redistribution resulting in cheeks that look sunken or flat, even giving the appearance of an unhealthy look in some.
Cheek augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure designed to enhance the look and proportion of the cheeks through the use of an implant. Cheek implants can add prominence to the cheekbones and balance the facial features.
Cheek Augmentation can be a very effective stand-alone procedure if performed on its own. Cheek augmentation may also be combined with other procedures, though, such as the Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery), Laser-Assisted Facelift, Laser Skin Resurfacing to provide enhanced overall facial rejuvenation results. Alternatives to cheek augmentation include autologous fat grafting (Adivive fat harvest and transfer) and soft tissue filler injections (e.g. Radiesse; e.g. Voluma XC).
The Cheek Implant Procedure
Performed as an out-patient procedure in our private, accredited, office-based ambulatory surgical facility, cheek augmentation is generally performed with light IV sedation and takes up to 1 hour. The surgeon will first make a small incision inside the upper lip and the implants are then carefully inserted into the cheek area.