Roy Kim, M.D.
Cheek Implants Procedure Description:
Many people consider full cheeks very attractive. Weak cheeks can make your face appear gaunt, and create an aged appearance to the under-eye area. Cheek augmentation can restore the fullness to your cheeks if it has been lost with aging, or can create the appearance of strong cheek bones if you never had them. There are many options for aesthetic cheek surgery, depending on your particular appearance, and the look you wish to attain. The operation adds volume to the cheek by effectively augmenting the bone structure of the cheek region, enhancing the foundation of your mid-face.
Am I a good candidate for cheek implants?
If you have lost volume in the malar region associated with aging, or if you were born with weak cheeks and desire a fuller, more youthful appearance, you may be a candidate for aesthetic cheek surgery. Some patients have used temporary soft tissue fillers in the past to achieve full cheeks, and are seeking a permanent solution. Patients undergoing cheek augmentation should be of good health, with a normally functioning immune system.
Cheek Implants Standard Procedure Techniques
Aesthetic cheek surgery can be performed alone, or in combination with other surgical procedures. Multiple shapes and sizes of implants are available to fit your particular anatomy and desired change. Depending on the areas that are being addressed, the implants can be placed through the mouth with a small incision at the gum line, or through a lower eyelid incision if eyelid rejuvenation is being performed at the same time. Depending on the approach and your surgeon’s preference, the cheek implants can be made of solid silicone or other non-reactive materials such as Medpor. Surgically, a pocket is made for the implant directly over the cheek bone, and the implant placed. The implant is secured either by designing a well fitting pocket, or affixing it to soft tissue or bone. The incision is closed, completing the cheek augmentation. Usually the whole operation takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete, unless other procedures are being performed in addition to the cheek augmentation.
Cheek Implants Benefits / Advantages / Options
- Permanent way to achieve full cheeks (as opposed to temporary fillers)
- May easily be preformed at the time of other facial surgery
- Intra-oral or eyelid approach
- Multiple implant choices to achieve desired look