Cheek augmentation, also known as malar or submalar augmentation, is a procedure which can add definition and fullness to the cheekbones and create a more balanced look. Cheek augmentation may be achieved with the use of implants which are made from a variety of safe synthetic materials. The procedure may be performed on its own or in conjunction with other procedures such as a facelift. Good candidates for cheek implants include healthy patients who are seeking increased definition in the mid face structures or cheekbones.
Dr. Naderi performs cheek augmentation in one of the INOVA system hospitals, which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital. The surgery takes about thirty to forty-five minutes to complete. Anesthetic options include MAC (monitored anesthesia care) and general anesthesia.
The incisions for cheek augmentation are made inside of the upper lip. Appropriately sized implants are then inserted under the cheekbones and the incisions are closed. Recovery after cheek augmentation takes about seven days. Moving the mouth and lips may be difficult at first, and dietary restrictions may be necessary. Any discomfort that patients experience can be controlled with medication. Sutures need not be removed as they will dissolve on their own. Most patients are able to return to work in about a week, though more strenuous activities will need to be postponed for about two weeks.
There are several alternatives to cheek implants which include the midface lift and fat or filler injections such as Artefill.
Cheek Augmentation FAQs
What is cheek augmentation?
Cheek augmentation, also known as malar or submalar augmentation, is a plastic surgery procedure which uses implants to add definition and fullness to the cheekbones. Cheek augmentation can add a more balanced appearance to the face. The surgery may be performed on its own or it may be combined with other procedures like a facelift.
Are there any alternatives to cheek augmentation?
There are several alternatives to cheek augmentation including the midface lift, fat injections, and filler injections like Artefill.
What are the cheek implants made of?
Cheek implants can be made from a variety of materials including Gore-Tex, solid silicone and other substances.
Are cheek implants right for me?
If you are healthy and looking to improve definition in the mid face area or cheekbones, you may be a good candidate for cheek augmentation.
What does a consultation for cheek augmentation entail?
During a consultation for cheek augmentation, Dr. Naderi will examine your face, take a thorough medical history and discuss your goals. All aspects of the cheek implant surgery will be explained including the technique, the anesthesia, the facility, the recovery, the risks, the costs and so on.