Full and lifted cheeks are a universal sign of youthful beauty. With age, this area of the face can begin to flatten and sag. Fortunately, it is possible to replenish lost cheek volume with custom-formed implants or an all-natural fat transfer procedure.
As you grow older, the face naturally loses volume and the cheeks become flat and droopy. When this occurs, a cheek augmentation can restore your lost facial volume, adding youthful fullness and prominence to the area.
Cheek augmentation can be an ideal solution to age-related volume loss in the mid-face region for many men and women. As well as may be an alternative to facelift surgery.
In general, the best candidates are individuals who have:
- Flat, sunken or hollow cheeks
- Cheeks that are lacking in youthful definition
- Hollow areas around the cheeks and temples
- Wrinkles in the cheek area
In addition, to qualify for the procedure, you should be in good overall health and realistic about what a cheek augmentation can accomplish.
Depending on the technique used, your cheek augmentation procedure will be performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation. The entire process should take about one hour.
If you’re having chin implants placed, we will create an incision under the chin. Through the opening, we will create a small pocket and insert the implant. We will then close the incision with sutures to complete the surgery.
If you’re having a facial fat transfer done, we will begin with liposuction. We will harvest fat from an area of your body with excess volume, such as the abdomen or flanks. From there, we will spin the fat in a centrifuge at a high speed to separate it from the liquid that was also collected. We will then reserve the whole, cleansed cells for the transfer. For the final step, we will inject the fat into your face in strategic locations to sculpt fuller and more youthful cheeks.
You will return home shortly after surgery to begin the healing process. Throughout the initial recovery period, you can expect mild discomfort, swelling and bruising. You should feel well enough to return to work in about one week. However, strenuous activity should be avoided for up to one month.
Dermal fillers such as Voluma, Juvederm and Restylane offer a non-surgical way to temporarily augment aging cheeks. These treatments are designed to restore lost volume in the cheek area, and they are capable of producing an incredible, natural-looking transformation with virtually no downtime. These options tend to be ideal for patients with earlier signs of aging who aren’t quite ready for surgery.
A cheek augmentation can sculpt exquisite facial features and make you look years younger. To begin planning your transformation, please contact our Del Mar, Newport or Coronado office today and schedule a consultation.
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