High cheekbones and a strong jaw line have long had a history of allure. Full, defined cheeks are a sign of youth and beauty, but over time as the face loses fat, cheeks become flat and saggy, giving way to a tired and sunken-in looks. Although some are born with naturally high cheekbones, achieving the look of sculpted cheeks can be accomplished through both nonsurgical and surgical treatments that focus on restoring plumpness, volume and definition. To restore volume to the midface and recreate youthful contours, your doctor may suggest facial implants, fillers or fat grafting. Along with the beautiful eyes, the prominent well sculpted cheekbones and strong jaw line form the most photogenic aspects of the face. Chin and cheek implants are a great way to enhance a facial profile by improving the overall proportion and balance of the face. With chin implants, the symmetry of the face can be shaped and contoured. Cheek implants, can add fullness and definition to the face. This is a relatively minor procedure that restructures cheekbones, balancing facial features and restoring a youthful and vibrant appearance.
Fat grafting and transfer for shrunken cheeks
Using your own fat (taken from another part of the body, like lower tummy or inner thigh area), your plastic surgeon can give you fuller, plumper cheeks. Fat transfer is a popular option for cheek fullness, but using your own fat requires an additional liposuction-like procedure to be performed. It also reduces wrinkles from the cheeks.
Cheek augmentation (Malar implants)
This procedure consists of placing a synthetic implant over the natural cheekbone. Cheek implants come in different shapes and sizes so that they can be customized to fit each individual`s face. Implants are made of safe, non-reactive, and biocompatible materials. The selection of precise implant best suited for you, requires a detailed evaluation of your goals and your surgeon’s judgment. Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas which may be recessed or ﬂat. Men also frequently seek out this procedure to correct flatness in the mid face. Patients seeking cheek sculpting surgery also frequently request chin Correction to complement their new face and give them a more refined appearance. This is a relatively minor procedure that restructures cheekbones, balancing facial features and restoring a youthful and vibrant appearance. Cheek implants are made from several different types of materials. One commonly used type is made from solid silicone, but other types of cheek implants are made from expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) and polyethylene.
Cheek implant surgery usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes. When cheek implants are being placed in conjunction with another cosmetic procedure, such as a facelift, forehead lift or eyelid surgery, the implants may be inserted through the incisions made for those procedures. Otherwise, an incision will be made either inside your upper lip or your lower eyelid. A pocket is then formed and an implant is inserted.
Facial implants can enhance your appearance and bolster your self esteem. If you are looking for improvement, in your appearance and are realistic in your expectations, you may find that a facial implant is the right choice for you.
To restore volume lost with age or to provide definition, your plastic surgeon can inject fillers along the cheekbone. While there are a variety of fillers available, different ones produce varying effects—and not all of them last the same amount of time.
Cheek Fat Removal:
If the cheeks are too full they can disrupts the harmony of the features and produces a "chipmunk cheek" effect that makes many people self-conscious. Buccal fat reduction addresses this problem by removing excess fat from the cheeks. The incisions are made inside of the cheek so there will not be any ugly scar on your cheek after surgery. Superficial fat can be removed by liposuction.
You may not be able to accurately evaluate your appearance for weeks, the final results will be evident about 3-4 weeks after the swelling goes down. Keeping your head elevated helps the swelling resolve sooner. During the healing phase, your activities and diet will be restricted. Your ability to smile, talk or move your mouth in any way may be limited for several days to weeks following surgery. Your plastic surgeon will instruct you about dental and oral hygiene during your recovery. With the intra-oral approach for cheek correction, no visible external scars will be present.
You may be surprised to find that most people won’t recognize that you have had facial implant surgery — only that you look better.