Cheek implants can restore youthful plumpness, volume, and definition to the mid-face once the skin has become droopy due to age or weight loss. Cheek implants are a great option for patients who have narrow/flat faces, or who have lost cheek contour due to age, congenital deficiency, disease, or injury.
There are three basic types of cheek implants that are used: malar, sub-malar, and combined malar/sub-malar.
Malar implants are used for patients who have adequate tissue in the cheek area but are deficient in the area closer to the temple, and want just a high cheekbone look. The implant results in cheekbones with a higher arch.
Sub-malar implants are used to get that attractive, youthful “apple in cheeks” appearance. By filling this area, the cheeks are restored a fullness that eliminates the sunken look that is associated with age or unhealthiness.
Combined malar/sub-malar implants
The combined malar/sub-malar is a larger implant that is exactly what it sounds like: it treats both the cheekbone and cheek areas to provide volume and definition.