Are your cheeks starting to sag? Are they flat or hollow? If so, then you’ve probably wished at some point that you could achieve a sophisticated, youthful even model-esque appearance in your cheeks. You know how you want to look, but how do you get there? Cosmetic surgery can be the perfect solution to aging or undefined cheeks, but there are several different options for cheek enhancement for patients to choose from. If you’re wondering about which cheek procedure is right for you, rest assured that you’re not alone. Many people are unsure as to which procedure will help them reach their goals. Let’s take a look at some of the options to help you make a decision about your procedure.
Cheek augmentation with implants is a surgical procedure that adds permanent volume to the cheek area using implants. For those who have always wanted beautiful, high cheekbones, the cheek augmentation procedure can be a great option. It can add lift, volume, and contour to the cheek area. The implants create a more prominent cheekbone, which improves overall facial harmony and contour. This is not an anti-aging procedure, but is a great option for people who are dissatisfied with the natural shape and prominence of the cheekbones.
Cheek augmentation is a surgical procedure that takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete. It may be performed with local anesthesia and sedation, or with general anesthesia. Hidden incisions will be used to place the implants, so there should be no visible scarring following the procedure. Most patients are ready to go back to work within a week or two after cheek augmentation.
Unlike cheek augmentation, a cheek lift is a surgical procedure that is used to rejuvenate the cheek area for anti-aging effects. As we age, sagging skin and deep facial folds can occur in the cheek area. This can cause an aged appearance and changes to resting facial expression. Many people find that sagging in this area causes an ongoing sad, worried, or angry expression—very different from their true emotions. If you’re unhappy with the effects of aging in the cheek area, a cheek lift could be an excellent solution for smoothing out nasolabial folds and lifting sagging cheeks.
The cheek lift surgery is minimally invasive and performed under sedation. The incisions will be hidden, so no scarring should be visible after the treatment. The cheek fat pad is repositioned, and the incisions are closed. The recovery period is usually very quick. A cheek lift is performed with most of our LuxeLiftsm procedures.
Volume loss is one of the major factors in cheek aging. While many procedures can reposition and tighten cheek tissues, fat transfer is one of the few options that actually reintroduces tissue into hollow areas of the face. The procedure involves the harvest of fat cells from an area of the body where it is plentiful, such as the stomach, hips or thighs. The fat is then purified and transferred to the face in order to fill in hollow cheeks, lines, and wrinkles. Once transferred, much of the fat will establish itself and become permanent—resulting in long-lasting rejuvenation.
This is a minimally invasive surgery, usually only requiring local anesthetic with light sedation. Recovery takes 10-14 days and involves very little discomfort.
Rest Easy—Your Facial Plastic Surgeon Can Help
If you’re still not sure which procedure is right for you, don’t worry—your facial plastic surgeon will help you make a decision. During your consultation with your surgeon, we will discuss your goals with you and give you custom recommendations for your treatment based on your facial structure, signs of aging, and other factors. You’ll also be able to get your candidacy assessed for the procedures you’re interested in, and you’ll get a chance to ask any questions you may have about your options.
Looking for a reputable facial plastic surgeon in the Cincinnati area? Call Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander S. Donath, a double board certified facial plastic surgeon, who teaches internationally. Dr. Donath offers many options for cheek enhancement and rejuvenation, and he will be happy to help you choose the treatment plan that works for you. Call 877-416-3223 to schedule your appointment!