Cheek augmentation surgery using implants can help bring balance and harmony to the face and create the appearance of strong cheekbones. This procedure uses solid silicone implants to enhance facial contouring and eliminate the drawn, gaunt look present with weak cheekbones. Patients who benefit most from this procedure are young adults with a deficient cheek structure, older individuals with signs of aging and patients who have gone through facial trauma. In combination with derma fillers, cheek augmentation can give patients a more vibrant and youthful appeal. Volumizing fillers such as Voluma, Sculptra and Restylane Lyft can present viable alternatives to cheek implant surgery. Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth O. Rothaus, has a lot of experience in cheek augmentation and will discuss with you the size and shape you will need to beautifully contour your face and the best technique for you.

Best Candidates

Good candidates for cheek augmentation surgery are men and women who demonstrate:

  • Hollow cheeks
  • Cheeks that droop or sag
  • Weak cheekbones
  • A lack of definition to the midface

Surgical Technique

Prior to surgery, the appropriate size and shape of the implant will be chosen that meets the patient’s aesthetic goals. During surgery, a “pocket” will be surgically created within the bone of the cheek to hold the implant. The implant is inserted through an incision that is typically made inside the mouth, through the eyelid or through a face lift incision. Once the implant is secure in its final position, the incision will be closed, which involves sutures on the inside of the mouth. In some cases, the sutures will be absorbable, while in other cases, they will need to be removed about 1-2 weeks after surgery.

During/After Surgery

Performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility, cheek augmentation surgery is done under general anesthesia. After surgery, the cheeks will be swollen and bruised for several days, and the cheeks will feel stretched and tight, but patients will begin to see their results almost immediately. It could take up to 1-2 months for the swelling to disappear and it will take several months for normal feeling and sensation to return. Patients will be able to resume their normal activities in about 7-10 days; exercise can be resumed approximately 3-4 weeks after surgery.

Redefine Your Cheeks Today!

In the hands of a qualified plastic surgeon, cheek implants are safe, effective and natural looking in appearance. They can add contours and diminish hollow areas and wrinkling on the face for a completely unique rejuvenated look. If you are ready to discuss cheek augmentation surgery with a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, we invite you to call our plastic surgery office today and schedule your consultation.

Plan Your Procedure

Recovery Time: 1-2 Weeks
Average Procedure Time: 60-90 Minutes
Procedure Recovery Location: Out-Patient