Prominent cheekbones are associated with a youthful and refreshed appearance. Unfortunately, some individuals do not have the underlying skeletal framework to create these cheekbones, which may result in a flattened or hollow-looking face. Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic procedure performed to create fuller lifted cheeks for a more attractive and youthful appearance. Our office is 19 minutes from Downtown Atlanta and 16 minutes from Buckhead.
What is Cheek Augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic procedure done to add volume or lift to the cheeks. Fat grafting and fat transfer, facial fillers, or the use of cheek implants are the most common techniques used to achieve fuller and thereby more youthful cheeks.
Cheek Implants come in a variety of sizes and materials, the most common being silicone. Dr. Walker will help determine which size and material are best for you. The implant will be placed through an incision to create a fuller cheek appearance.
During cheek augmentation with fat transfer, excess fat cells are removed from another area of the body, often the abdomen, thighs, or hips via liposuction, processed, and grafted into facial areas such as the cheeks. The fat cells are distributed where needed to create a sculpted, more youthful facial look.
During cheek augmentation with facial fillers (Juvéderm Voluma or Restylane Lyft), a hyaluronic acid filler gets injected onto the cheekbone to increase volume and lift in your cheeks. The filler is skillfully placed and distributed where needed to create a sculpted, more youthful facial look. Results typically last 1-2 years.
Who is a Good Candidate for Cheek Augmentation?
Individuals who wish to add more fullness to their cheeks, are in good health, are non-smokers (if a surgical procedure is contemplated), and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure are ideal candidates. If you would like to determine if you are a candidate for cheek augmentation, contact our office today to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Walker.
How is the Cheek Augmentation Procedure Done?
Cheek augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed under local or general anesthesia depending on the technique and on your wishes. Dr. Walker will recommend the best option for you.
The incision location will be dependent based on the technique utilized. For fat transfer, a small incision will be created near the area of fat harvest as well as on your cheeks. If cheek implants are used, incisions may be placed inside your mouth or under your eyelid. Sutures will be used to close incisions.
Cheek Augmentation Recovery
Following cheek augmentation, you may experience swelling and bruising, which is completely normal. Scarring is minimal, and incisions should be nearly invisible when fully healed. Fuller, more lifted cheeks should be noticeable right after the procedure. However, the final results should be visible after about one month. Cheek augmentation surgery results in fuller-looking cheeks, and some clients even find that their cheeks appear lifted. Results from cheek implants are permanent, while results from fat transfer may last for several years.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you believe you may be a candidate for cheek augmentation and wish to learn more, contact WalkerMD today to schedule a consultation appointment. During this appointment, you will discuss your individual cosmetic goals with Dr. Walker, and he will answer any questions regarding cheek augmentation that you may have. A specialized treatment plan will then be created to help make your aesthetic goals a reality.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I prepare for cheek augmentation?
Individuals are advised to avoid blood-thinning medications and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and Advil two weeks before surgery. Please consult your physician prior to stopping any medication.
Will I have to stay overnight following cheek augmentation?
Cheek augmentation is an outpatient procedure so that clients do not require an overnight stay. Following surgery, a responsible adult friend or relative will be able to drive you home.
How soon after cheek augmentation can I start exercising?
Individuals can begin light exercise as soon as they feel able to. However, strenuous activities should be avoided for at least one week. Dr. Walker will provide you with specific recovery guidelines to ensure that your cheek augmentation heals correctly for beautiful results.