Strong, defined cheeks are a beautiful feature that many people wish for. Unless you’re born with them, however, it is impossible to create that kind of definition on your own. Fortunately, cheek augmentation can add shape and volume to the cheeks and enhance your overall facial appearance by creating balance. At Waldman Schantz and Turner Plastic Surgery Center, our experienced plastic surgeons can create beautiful results from cheek augmentation.
Causes of Poorly-Defined Cheeks
There are a number of reasons cheeks may lose their strength and definition. Some patients are born with flatter cheeks because of inadequate underlying bony projection, which may have become more of a concern as they became adults. Rarely, patients may have faced a serious injury that changed the shape and look of their cheeks.
The aging process is another common reason for weak, flat cheeks. When we are young, our bodies generate a large amount of collagen and elastin and allow the cheeks to achieve a plump, rounded look. Facial fat also keeps us looking youthful, but can be depleted or shift as we age. Over time, collagen and elastin may decrease, along with facial fat, and deplete the cheeks as a result.
Cheek Implants vs. Cheek Fillers
Many patients visit our facility and are unsure of the differences between cheek implants and cheek fillers. Cheek implants are a more permanent solution to weak cheeks. Although placing cheek implants requires surgery, this method of cheek augmentation leads to more dramatic results, and is best for patients who wish to permanently change their facial structures for the better.
Cheek fillers are temporary and can last anywhere from six months and two years, depending on the type of filler used and the patient’s particular skin. They can provide volume replacement for facial fat, which is a great option for patients who have experienced age-related volume loss. This procedure can be performed in 30 minutes or less with virtually no downtime.
When considering both options, patients should discuss their goals with our expert plastic surgeons in a consultation and get a customized recommendation. Many patients find the downtime of cheek implants to be well worth the beautiful, long lasting results they offer, but they are not the right option for every patient.
Recovering From Cheek Augmentation
Following a cheek augmentation procedure, patients will notice results right away. However, there will be some swelling and bruising which may camouflage the results and can take anywhere from three to four months to diminish.
Patients typically enjoy 80% of the final result after one month following the procedure. Once they have completely healed, their implants will usually feel as if the implants were always a part of their own cheekbone structure.
We provide each patient with clear aftercare instructions, which may include forgoing makeup during the healing process, eating soft foods, and keeping vigorous physical activities to a minimum while the cheeks heal. Patients will need to follow a strict oral hygiene routine as well to prevent the incision inside of their mouth from becoming infected.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cheek Augmentation
What are cheek implants made of?
Cheek implants are typically made of solid silicone or Gore-Tex. They are completely safe and have a low rejection rate when they are in the hands of an experienced and highly trained plastic surgeon.
Is there scarring?
Fortunately, incisions for cheek implants will not lead to visible scars. The scars are usually inside of the upper lip and easily concealed.
What are the alternatives to cheek implants?
Some patients opt for an injection or filler in the cheek area instead of cheek implants. While injections and fillers can be a good option, these results are temporarily. Patient seeking long-lasting results should consider cheek implants.
How will cheek feel after the procedure?
Following cheek augmentation surgery, patients may experience some mild to moderate discomfort as well as some tightness around the sites of the incision and implant. The good news is these sensations usually subside in three to four weeks. Patients may also face some numbness for a few months until implants have reached their final position. Prescribed medication can help ease any discomfort during the recovery period.
Are there any risks with cheek augmentation?
Fortunately, cheek augmentation complications are rare. If the unlikely event there are complications, a patient may experience infection, bleeding, or loss of sensation in the cheeks. These risks are minimized when the procedure is performed by an expert plastic surgeon.
Is driving permitted after cheek implant surgery?
After undergoing cheek implant surgery, patients should ask a trustworthy family member or friend to drive them home.
Can cheek augmentation be performed in conjunction with other procedures?
Many patients choose cheek augmentation in addition a facelift, rhinoplasty, or another cosmetic procedure in order to achieve a dramatic improvement in their facial aesthetics.
How long do the results of cheek augmentation last?
The results of cheek augmentation are typically permanent, although aging may slightly change their appearance over time. This is because the implant is placed deep beneath the skin and secured with a screw so that it cannot move.
Unlike injectables and other minimally invasive procedure, cheek implants become a permanent part of the facial bones. It’s important to note that even though the results of cheek augmentation can be long lasting, a procedure under local anesthesia can be performed to remove the implants at any time.
Does smoking affect recovery from cheek augmentation?
It is essential for patients who undergo cheek augmentation to be non-smokers or willing to quit. If a patient receives a cheek augmentation, they may develop pneumonia and infection or a prolonged healing process.
When can exercise be resumed following cheek augmentation?
Engaging in vigorous activities or exercises after cheek augmentation may increase the risk of swelling and bleeding. We encourage patients to perform light activities such as slow walking soon after the procedure and suggest they wait several weeks before running, heavy lifting, cycling, and other more strenuous activities.
Why Select Waldman Schantz and Turner Plastic Surgery Center
When it comes to cheek augmentation in the Lexington area, you can’t go wrong with Waldman Schantz and Turner Plastic Surgery Center. Since our inception, we’ve performed countless successful cheek augmentation procedures and helped patients from all walks of life bring fullness and definition to their face. Our surgeons have the artistic eye that can determine the ideal way to enhance your cheeks and boost your confidence. You can count on them for beautiful, natural, and long-lasting results.
Schedule a Cheek Augmentation Consultation
Are you interested in learning more about how a cheek augmentation can benefit you? If so, don’t hesitate to schedule a cheek augmentation at our Lexington, KY facility right away. Call us at 1-859-254-5665 today. We look forward to hearing from you and bringing your dream of fuller, more prominent cheeks to life.