Cheek Augmentation

Many would define an attractive face as proportioned and harmonious. Flattened cheekbones can detract from an otherwise appealing face. Cheek implants can add volume and contour, creating the proportion and facial harmony you want. In men, cheek implants make the face look stronger and younger. In women, they tend to create a more feminine, as well as youthful, appearance.

A sterile, permanent implant is used to augment the cheeks, and there is no visible scar after cheek augmentation. Recovery from the surgery is not lengthy or difficult. Over time, the implant becomes naturally enmeshed with the surrounding tissues and cheekbone.

At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, our board-certified facial plastic surgeons will spend time with you to understand what you dislike about the appearance of your cheeks, and they will examine you carefully to determine the best surgical plan. Silicone implants will be custom-sized for you so that they are in the proper size and proportion for your face.

We have performed numerous successful cheek augmentation surgeries for patients in the greater San Francisco Bay area. With two board-certified facial plastic surgeons in our office, you have the option to receive a second opinion within the same office.

Many patients opt to have cheek augmentation with chin augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) or even a facelift in order to create the greatest possible facial symmetry. Certainly, for some patients, only a cheek enhancement is necessary. In some cases, dermal fillers or fat transfer may be a sufficient correction for flattened cheeks, but if you want a permanent solution, cheek implants are the best choice.

Your Cheek Augmentation Procedure

Cheek augmentation can usually be done with a local anesthetic. The incisions are almost always made inside the mouth where the scars are completely hidden.

After the surgeon makes markings on the face (which are easily removed) to show where the implants should be placed, a pocket will be made within the cheek tissue inside the mouth. The implant will then be placed in that pocket using a sterilized clamp. The incisions are stitched using dissolvable sutures.

Recovering from Cheek Augmentation

As long as someone drives you, you will be able to go home within a few hours of your surgery.

There will be some bruising, numbness, tightness, and discomfort for a week to ten days, while swelling will take a little bit longer to fully resolve. After a short time, the swelling will not be as noticeable. You can take pain medication, and we recommend sleeping upright for a few nights to minimize swelling.

Most people take ten days to two weeks off from work after cheek augmentation, and sports/exercise should be avoided for two weeks. We will also see you for post-operative examinations to make sure that you are healing well.

One of the great advantages of cheek implants is that they are permanent. Even the aging process will not cause your cheeks to flatten again.

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At the Center for Facial and Body Rejuvenation, our board-certified facial plastic surgeons will spend time with you to understand what you dislike about the appearance of your cheeks, and they will examine you carefully to determine the best surgical plan.

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