(Malar Augmentation, Cheek Sculpting Surgery, Cheek Implants)
Patients seeking cheek augmentation are often interested in adding fullness to the mid-face to create natural-looking contouring of the face. Full, high cheekbones highlight the eyes, give an instant lift to the entire face, and create an attractive shape in both the mid- and lower-face. This procedure may be performed on younger patients seeking more definition or older patients who have lost fullness of the cheeks.
Enhancing the Cheekbones
- Implants. A cheek augmentation procedure is most commonly performed through the placement of cheek implants. Discreetly inserted through an incision hidden in the mouth, the material effectively emulates a higher, more prominent bone structure. The implants may be created from silicone or Teflon to ensure natural movement when the patient makes facial expressions. These materials do not typically create inflammation or rejection issues in the surrounding tissues, and have been widely accepted in augmentation surgeries for years.
- Fat Transfer Procedure. A second option utilized to treat flat cheeks is a fat graft or fat transfer procedure. During a fat transfer, the patient’s own fat is first liposuctioned from an area of the body where there is excess, such as the abdomen or hips, then treated and injected into the cheeks. The augmentation will not last as long as a surgery with implants, but tends to create very natural results that typically last longer than dermal injections.
- Injectable Fillers. A short-term solution to improve the contour of cheeks is the use of dermal injections to plump the requested area. This option may be more attractive to patients who are not fully committed to a surgery that would permanently alter their face, or those seeking a less costly cosmetic procedure. Some popular skin-plumping cosmetic injections include Sculptra, Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, and Radiesse. Typically, results will last for less than one year.
Correcting Hollow Cheeks
Sometimes a cosmetic issue develops just below the cheekbones. The area may become hollowed due to fat redistribution from age or genetics, or it may become severely depleted as the result of a medical condition. In such cases, a submalar augmentation can restore volume to the face. Typically, a fat transfer procedure or dermal injections can correct this area.
Which Type of Cheek Augmentation is Right for You?
In any facial cosmetic procedure, there may be a number of ways for a skilled plastic surgeon to achieve a patient’s intended results. Through a personalized consultation with Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein at his Newburgh, New York, plastic surgery practice, each viable option can be discussed. The doctor may use advanced computer software with imaging to show how each option will create slight variances in the final look. Call 845-863-1772 or Request a Consultation with Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, in Newburgh.