What is cheek augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is a procedure where the cheek shape is enhanced by using filler products, performing a cheek lift to reposition the soft tissue, or by placing implants.
Who is a good candidate for cheek augmentation?
A good candidate is someone who is healthy and has either cheek deflation, cheek soft tissue descent, or just desires fuller cheeks.
How much does cheek augmentation cost?
If one has filler injections, then this will vary for the different product used and the quantity. It could cost as little as $650 and go up in the thousands. A mid face lift or facelift procedure can cost $15,000 or more and cheek implants or fat injection can cost about $5000 or more.
What should I expect during a consultation for cheek augmentation?
During the consultation, you will spend a lot of time with the doctor reviewing your surgical goals. An exam will then be performed and a surgical plan will be discussed with you at length.
What questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about cheek augmentation?
You should ask if he is board certified first, and then discuss options for the cheek augmentation that you desire. You might want to ask whether or not filler or fat injection, implant, or facelift procedure would be the best procedure.
What are the risks of cheek augmentation?
Cheek augmentation with filler product of fat grafting is extremely safe with the most common issues being mild bruising or swelling. Cheek augmentation with implants or a facelift requires surgery and is more involved. It can be associated with swelling, bruising, some numbness and rarely infection, blood collections, or possible skin loss.
Cheek implants are safe but with the ease and availability of fat injections or filler products, cheek implants have almost become obsolete.
How should I prepare for cheek augmentation?
I usually tell my patients to eat healthy and exercise regularly and avoid medications and herbal supplements that might cause bleeding.
What are the steps of a cheek augmentation procedure?
If filler product is used then a topical anesthetic is often applied to the skin and then the skin is prepped. The injection procedure soon follows and depending upon the volume and areas treated the entire procedure usually takes between 10-15 minutes. Many patients can go back to work after the procedure. For cheek implants, fat grafting, or a midface or facelift procedure, these tend to be more involved. Patients will either undergo sedation or have general anesthesia for the procedure. The procedure can take one hour to several hours and the patient will have stitches that will often require removal within one to two weeks. They will usually be seen in the office a few days after the procedure for follow-up and then have subsequent visits for suture removal and general care.
What should I expect during my cheek augmentation recovery?
If fillers or fat injection are performed, then you will not have any bandages and may have some bruising and or swelling after the procedure. If you undergo cheek implants or a midface or facelift procedure, then you will likely have dressings around your head and sutures that will be required to be removed within a week or so. You might have a fair amount of swelling and bruising after the procedure as well, but can go back to light duty within seven to ten days.
What results should I expect after cheek augmentation surgery?
The goal of cheek augmentation is to enhance the size and shape of the cheeks. So once the swelling and bruising subsides you should see an improvement in the cheek area.
How do I choose a plastic surgeon for cheek augmentation?
The best way to choose is first to determine if he is board certified and experienced doing the procedure that you want. You want to feel comfortable with both the doctor and his staff. Seeing his results as well and his experience is also important.