The facial features can change over the years from age, weight changes, gravity, environmental damage, and other factors. In many people, the cheekbones see changes the soonest as the youthful volume and contour of the cheeks begins to deflate and droop. The malar fat pads start to sag, which makes the mid-face look sunken-in, which can become more pronounced with time and cause the face to look tired. A cheek lift by the cosmetic surgeon of Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates in Oklahoma City, Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin, repositions the fat and tissue of the face to enhance the contours of the cheeks, while reducing under-eye puffiness, mid-face indentations, and the nasolabial folds. With the use of an endoscope, cheek lift surgery has become less invasive and requires less recovery than a traditional surgical cheek lift.
"Everyone is very kind, and answered any questions I had. They also helped with suggestions to get me to exactly where I wanted to be. I am beyond satisfied with my breast aug. My breast were small and one a little bigger than the other. They have definitely never been an asset, that is not the case anymore. They are exactly the size I wanted and they look great. My confidence has never been better. Dr Nuveen is very compassionate about his profession, his best interest are on his patients and there outcome. He has great bed side manners, and is very kind. He is also very informative, he explained the procedure very well, and what to expect. He followed up with me the day after the surgery, even though it was a Saturday. He is always very kind and informative at each follow up appointment, and answers any questions I have. You will not be disappointed if you use Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates!!"- L.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2021
"I went to see Dr.Nuveen after I had finished my 6 year breastfeeding journey! I was a previous deflated A(not even a cup size) and I wanted to be filled up to where I engorged to while breastfeeding. He met my expectations and my results couldn’t be more perfect! I am more pleased every single day with my results! I love my new body and I LOVE dr. Nuveen and his staff! His bedside manner is spot on, and the nurses truly make it feel even more comfortable! I recommend over and over again!!"- J.L. / Google / Jun 08, 2021
"My surgery was yesterday and Dr.Nuveen himself and his entire staff were awesome! I’m extremely happy with my results and would recommend this place to anyone looking to have a breast augmentation."- B.R. / Google / Jun 03, 2021
"I am absolutely in love with my breasts and lips. Highly highly recommend this facility for all surgery needs!❤️"- M.M. / Google / Jun 03, 2021
"I had a second breast augmentation within the same year as my first and Dr. Nuveen really cared to listen to my concerns and really focused on what could be improved on the second one. Staff is impeccable and full of wonderful trained women. I feel at ease when I come into the office every time knowing I’m in good hands. My first augmentation, the right one didn’t drop at all and second dropped too much. Dr. Nuveen immediately starting making me a new plan on what to do next. None of what happened to my first one could have been predicted or been prevented and I was thrilled I picked Dr. Nuveen because I knew as soon as I brought up my concerns, I had his full and undivided attention. I couldn’t have asked for a better staff or surgeon and I will definitely be going back for anything and everything else cosmetically that I’ll need."- B.S. / Google / Jun 03, 2021
Endoscopy is a popular method used to reposition sagging cheeks. Small incisions, less than an inch long, are placed near the ear or hairline. These incisions allow the surgeon to insert and utilize a tiny camera positioned at the end of a small tube. Once the inside of the cheek area is visible, the surgeon performs a repositioning and suturing technique of the malar pad just underneath the skin. With a subtle lift, volume is regained on the cheekbones, and the pockets below the eyes are also diminished. This technique takes pressure off of the nasolabial folds, or the laugh lines, which helps soften the lines around the mouth. This effort results in a refreshed, more youthful appearance.
Cheek lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure that lasts for about 1 to 2 hours in an accredited surgical facility. Swelling and bruising are normal after the surgery. There will be a tight sensation around the face area, which eventually disappears as the reattached fat pad settles on its new position. Patients do not need to be anxious or worried that the results will appear fake or “plastic.” Skilled facial surgeons are able to create natural outcomes with beautiful results. Keep in mind it can take up to 6 months for the final results to appear.
Patients can expect to pay between $6,150 to $10,250 for a single cheek lift procedure. The price increases when the lift is done to supplement other facial surgeries, such as a facelift or chin lift. Because this surgery is considered cosmetic, it is not covered by medical insurance.
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Cheek Lift FAQs
Yes, an injectable filler is a great nonsurgical option that can offer nice results. While fillers are a good alternative, the results produced are not as dramatic as with surgery, nor will they last as long. In addition, if the patient is concerned with loose and sagging skin, a filler treatment is not ideal as it only adds volume and will not produce the lifted look a mid-face lift can effectively do. Fillers are good options to add volume and smoothen wrinkles. During the initial consultation, we will be able to recommend the best procedure for the patient’s case.
Lift or Augmentation?
This clearly depends on the tissue volume present within the cheek area. A cheek lift is ideal for those with enough cheek volume, but repositioning is needed as the fat pad is already droopy, oftentimes caused by aging. A cheek augmentation or implant is recommended for those who do not have enough tissue underneath the cheeks to achieve better proportional facial features.
It takes several months for optimal results from a cheek lift to show. Initially, the patient will have tight and pulling sensations on the face as the skin and tissues adjust to their new position. It is important to note that finding a surgeon with the necessary skill set is critical. A surgeon who specializes in facial cosmetic surgery understands the confines of the face so that any enhancement looks natural.
Will There Be Scars?
With endoscopy, scars will be minimal and inconspicuous since the incisions made are less than an inch. Sometimes, the incisions are concealed within the hairline or along the natural creases of the face. With a cheek lift, the sutures are underneath the skin in which the fat pad is attached to the bone where it will heal in its new position. Wound care instructions are provided to assist patients in the healing process.
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