Cheek augmentation, also known as malar or cheek enhancement, is a cosmetic procedure done to enhance the shape, size, and definition of the cheeks. This procedure can create more symmetrical and balanced facial features, add volume to the cheeks, or enhance the cheekbones.
The following are the commonly performed cheek augmentation procedures:
Dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid fillers, can be injected into the cheeks to add volume and definition. These fillers are made of a natural substance, called Hyaluronic Acid (HA), already present in the body. They are designed to be long-lasting but not permanent. They are injected into the cheeks using a fine needle, which takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Fat transfer, also known as a fat injection or fat grafting, involves removing fat from one area of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, using liposuction. The fat is then purified and re-injected into the cheeks to add volume. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes several hours. This procedure is permanent, but some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body and require a touch-up.
Cheek implants, also known as malar or submalar implants, are made of materials such as silicone or Gore-Tex and are designed to be long-lasting and permanent. They are inserted through small incisions in the cheeks and positioned to enhance the cheekbones. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about 1 hour.
A cheek augmentation procedure involves the following steps:
The procedure is typically done under local or general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the method used and your preference.
A fine needle is used to inject the filler into the cheeks. The procedure typically takes 30 minutes to complete.
Fat is removed from one area of the body using liposuction and purified. The purified fat is then re-injected into the cheeks to add volume. The procedure takes several hours.
Small incisions are made in the cheeks, and the implant is inserted and positioned to enhance the cheekbones. The procedure takes about 1 hour.
After the procedure, you will be given instructions on how to care for yourself and manage any discomfort or side effects. You will be given pain medication and antibiotics. You may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a few days after the procedure. However, patients can manage these side effects with medication.
Overall, cheek augmentation can be a great option for those looking to enhance their facial features and achieve a more youthful and balanced appearance.