Whether is is natural or caused by age, weak cheekbones without youthful contours can make the face look hollow and tired. Cheek augmentation can use nonsurgical injectable fillers to temporarily enhance the volume of the cheeks or the cheeks can be strengthened and improved with surgically implanted silicone cheek implants. Cheek augmentation can also be used to correct deformities and asymmetry from congenital conditions or injuries. At Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, cosmetic surgeons Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin can start by performing volume injections with dermal fillers to help determine the amount and placement of volume before getting longer-lasting cheek implants. In addition to making the face appear more youthful, cheek augmentation often decreases the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face for a smoother face.
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"I love this place. I had breast implants (gummies) and a lift in Feb 2019. I was amazed at how fast I healed and how I barely have scars. I will be 50 in Aug so it's not like "youth" is the answer to my great healing. Dr. Nuveen has been awesome, he gives you his personal # and he DOES answer your questions and concerns. I love this place and highly recommend it."- D.C. / Yelp / Jul 24, 2019
"Dr. Caplin is really wonderful. My mother saw her at the beginning of 2018 for a lower facelift and the results, follow up and care were awesome. As it probably happens, my mother got the itch again in 2019 to have a breast lift & augmentation - so of course I said I would do it too. Dr. Caplin listened to us and the results are better than we expected. We were seen on the same day and the team at CSA remembered us from the prior year - oh we remember your mom's dancing after surgery. :) Yes, that happened. My mom had no problems after surgery and she looks amazing less than 8 weeks later! I sadly decided to slip about a week after surgery and injured the area that just had surgery but there was an immediate response directly from Dr. Caplin and her team. I am happy to report that I feel great, energy is back and I have breasts that I love for the first time in my life. (Mom reports the same)"- J.R. / Yelp / Jul 20, 2019
Cheek implants are either placed within the malar (directly on the cheek bone) or submalar (below the cheekbone) area. These are inserted through incisions made typically within the upper lip or below the eyes. Implants can vary in type, size and shape depending on the analysis of the cheek structure. Listed below are the common methods used for cheek augmentation techniques.
Silicone is a permanent solution to add volume to the cheeks with a variety of shapes and sizes that match the patient’s preference. The surgeon will consider the silicone shape and size, as well as the definition the implant will provide after a digital analysis of the patient’s face structure has been assessed. Pockets will be made directly against the cheekbone where the implants will be fitted and sutured. This type of silicone is unlike the silicone gel found in breast implants and it is a safer option as it is in solid form and does not run any risks of leakage.
Another popular implant option is porous polyethylene, which is also inserted the same way as a silicone implant. Because the material is porous, it shapes naturally according to the cheek’s internal contours. This type of implant also attaches better to the bones and tissues and allows tissue grow through it further adjusting it to the cheek’s natural form. A disadvantage with this implant is because of this tissue integration, it is quite difficult to remove the implant should the patient want it taken out.
This is a natural occurring substance within the body and often found in the connective tissue. It is processed as an injectable filler for medical purposes, including cosmetic surgery. The least invasive of all procedures, the filler is injected in deep layers within the mid-face area. While most fillers create beautiful, natural results, the outcome is not permanent. Most fillers will last approximately 6-12 months.
Another natural substance that can be injected into the mid-face to enhance volume is the patient’s own fat tissues that are harvested from donor sites using liposuction, and then reinjected into the cheeks. Fat can also be absorbed by the body over time, so similar to an injectable filler, this option does not create a permanent result.
Cheek augmentation is done as an outpatient procedure with the use of anesthesia. It is performed in an accredited surgical facility and normally takes up to 1 hour to complete. Bruising, swelling and numbness are a part of the immediate recovery and usually subside within the second week. Although the result is instantly noticeable, over the course of a few months as the implant settles into its new position, the results will become softer and more natural.
The average cost of cheek augmentation ranges from $3,100 to $4,500. This primarily depends on the type of implants or fillers used.
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Cheek Implant FAQs
Implants or Fillers?
Generally, both have long-standing records when it comes to safety. The major concern that many patients have is how permanent the results are. Injectable fillers are mostly temporary. As these are manufactured from natural substances, a great volume of the filler is absorbed by the body. Silicone implants are made solid in this type of augmentation and has no risk of leakage, which renders them more permanent than the other materials.
Initially, the face will feel stretched and tight as the implants settle into its position. This is normal and the sensation will gradually disappear until a month passes. It is important to find a plastic surgeon that has a good track record in performing facial procedures to ensure that the results will be according to the patient’s aesthetic goals.
Will There Be Scars?
Since the incisions are made within the mouth and underneath the upper lip, the scars will not be visible. The scars will dissolve on their own.