The mid face is crucial to the total design of one’s looks. Housing important, protruding features like the nose and chin, this area creates much of the curvature of the face that defines the appearance. High, prominent cheekbones are seen as attractive in either sex, though they may be more prominent in women as men tend to have broader mid faces.
Surgical and Non-Surgical Options
Cheek augmentation can be performed to result in temporary or permanent results. The VolumaLift or fat transfer procedures are common solutions to ill-defined cheekbones, as are Sculptra injections when patients seek short term volume restoration. This option may be best for those who are interested in testing out this new look, but may not yet be ready to undergo a transformative surgery. Additionally, temporary procedures are less costly upfront, and thus a more appealing option for budget-conscious folks. Fat transfer can create very natural, permanent changes but the results are highly variable among patients.
The long-term solution, cheek implants, are typically inserted through the mouth and can be secured in pockets created within the cheeks. Dr. Rubinstein fastens the synthetic implant over the patients natural bone structure for the best results. Cheek implants may be best suited for people who have always had a lack of definition in the mid-face, or noticed a loss of volume as their facial features matured.
The Benefit of Undergoing Cheek Augmentation
When emphasis is placed on the cheeks, all features of the face become relative to those heightened from the main plane of the face. The nose will appear more proportionate to the rest of the face, a new emphasis is placed on the lips, and the whole face is lifted. Cheek augmentation is an entirely customizable procedure. If Dr. Rubinstein performs injections to create fuller cheeks, he can tailor the location and quantity used during the procedure. Cheek implants come in varying sizes to accommodate all different face shapes. In addition, the doctor can trim the implant to the patient’s liking for further personalization.
Complimentary Facial Cosmetic Procedures
Cheek implants may be enhanced when performed alongside procedures such as face lift, rhinoplasty, or chin augmentation surgeries. Other patients may seek to add fullness and definition to other areas of the face, like the lips, through cosmetic injections. Popular dermal fillers that Dr. Rubinstein uses are Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm. These gels mimic natural materials found in the body and are biocompatible for use time and again.
The result of cheek augmentation also combines nicely with lower blepharoplasty. Fat redistribution or accumulation can occur below the eyes, spanning into the cheek area. Treating both areas of the face ensures a smooth restoration of tissues to re-sculpt affected areas. During a doctor-patient consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, each of these options and more can be discussed in-depth.
About the Doctor
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein has been in practice in the Hudson Valley for more than 14 years and specializes in facial plastic surgery, nasal, and sinus disorders. He combines his medical and surgical expertise for a holistic approach to patient care. Dr. Rubinstein holds dual board-certification from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is an Assistant Professor at New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Contact the doctor’s New York office at (845) 863-1772 to schedule a consultation, complete with the Canfield VECTRA 3D imaging system, a state-of-the-art system that provides patients with 3D images of surgical results.