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If you have lost volume in your cheeks over time due to aging, or if you have ever felt self conscious about a flat or “tired” look, cheek augmentation may be right for you. Cheek augmentation is one of the most popular procedures in Dr. Michele Green’s private NYC based dermatology office. Cheek augmentation is designed to enhance your natural face shape with an increase in volume surrounding your cheekbones. This extra definition in the cheek area can help restore the appearance of high cheekbones. If you’re seeking facial rejuvenation and fullness, Dr. Green’s personalized cheek augmentation, in New York, can help to create a youthful appearance and a more confident you.

Cheek Augmentation Procedures

Cheek augmentation procedures have become increasingly popular in recent years because it is an elegant, non-surgical way to restore lost volume to the face, help treat sagging, and replace the natural collagen loss that happens organically due to the aging process.

Oftentimes, a sagging or “sunken” appearance suggests a loss of collagen, elastin and fat as you age, and the fullness in our cheeks from youth diminishes over time. By injecting cheeks with dermal fillers, cheek augmentation procedures can restore this lost volume and give you defined, youthful, fuller cheeks and facial features.

Some patients even prefer dermal fillers to traditional plastic surgery, such as facelifts or neck lifts, as a means of achieving a youthful appearance. If you’re interested in learning more about your options when it comes to cheek augmentation, it’s best to consult with Dr. Green in New York and have her create a unique tailored cheek augmentation treatment plan for you.

Cheek Augmentation Surgery

Cheek augmentation surgery is a cheek augmentation procedure offered by cosmetic surgeons or facial plastic surgeons. Augmentation surgeries used to be the only way to create a fuller look to the cheeks, but long recovery times, bruising, general anesthesia, and limited mobility, have led dermatologists and cosmetic researchers alike to discover non invasive alternatives, such as cheek enhancement through hyaluronic acid fillers. These dermal fillers are ideal for those looking for an improved, younger looking facial appearance with near-immediate results and little to no downtime. Before diving into cheek augmentation surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Green to see the best  cheek augmentation option for you.

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Before and After – Voluma on nasolabial folds / cheek area

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are a traditional method to create fuller cheeks, and are provided by cosmetic surgeons. Cheek implants and facial implants used to be a more common plastic surgery procedure. Cheek implants are designed in a variety of materials, including solid silicone, porous polyethylene (Medpor), or hydroxyapatite (which is a combination of enamel and bone). Cheek implants also can be created through a fat grafting process, which involves liposuction from elsewhere on the body. Cheek implants can be sculpted to fit an asymmetry in the face, and can be recommended in cases where reconstructive surgery may be needed.

Cheek implant surgery

Cheek implants can be inserted through a small incision in the mouth, and are often placed in a malar (outer upper cheek) or submalar (lower or mid-cheek) position. If the patient of a facial plastic surgeon is interested in combining this procedure with rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, or brow lift, fewer incisions may be needed, and typically a general anesthetic will be used.

However, cheek implant surgeries have a high level of recovery time, intense soreness and discomfort that often requires pain medication. Additionally, when completing multiple surgeries, a plastic surgeon will do their best to create the optimal appearance–from a tummy tuck to a brow lift–but these surgeries can lead to a more permanent solution that may or may not ultimately be your desired look. Furthermore, side effects to these more invasive procedures include difficulty moving facial muscles for several weeks, as well as an increased risk of infection and blood clotting.

In the past, the only way to achieve a mid-face lift in your cheeks was through cheek implants or fat transfer. Now, these invasive surgical procedures are no longer necessary, thanks to the advent of dermal fillers.

Non-surgical cheek enhancement

Non-surgical cheek enhancement refers primarily to dermal fillers that create fuller-looking cheeks with a simple, in-office cosmetic procedure. These dermal fillers enhance soft tissue within the face, and the procedure only requires local anesthesia. Dermal fillers can be used to augment a variety of facial features, and produces a beautiful, natural, and sculpted look when it comes to enhancing cheeks.

The following are among the most popular:

  • Juvederm Voluma: this hyaluronic filler engages the body’s natural collagen and elastin development to create a fuller, natural look, with results that last for up to two years.
  • Radiesse: this dermal filler is made of calcium hydroxylapatite, which engages collagen production in a similar manner to hyaluronic acid fillers, with lasting results up to one year.
  • Restylane Lyft: this hyaluronic filler has a slightly shorter-term effect than Juvederm, lasting for up to one year with longer-term enhancement of smooth, even skin tone.
  • Sculptra: this dermal filler has a foundation of poly-L-lactic acid, which can lead to increased collagen production and results that last for up to three years.

Non-surgical cheek augmentation with dermal fillers can also help the under eye area appear less tired or sunken in and more youthful, providing you with an alternative to the more involved facelift or eyelid surgeries.

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Cheek Augmentation Procedures with Voluma

One of the benefits of using hyaluronic acid and injectable fillers, such as Juvederm Voluma XC for mid-face augmentation, is that you can have the results be as subtle as you want. Dr. Green’s aesthetic is a natural result that is not “overdone” and, since the results are immediate, you can decide with Dr. Green at the time of the injections how much filler you would like.  Her “less is more” philosophy leaves patient satisfaction extremely high for this procedure.  The treatment generally lasts one year, although results may vary in terms of longevity depending on how much filler was injected and how quickly the patient metabolizes the Hyaluronic Acid.

Can you combine Botox and other fillers with cheek augmentation?

Cheek augmentation is often combined with Restylane or Juvederm injections of the nasolabial fold, chin, temples, and jowls. These areas of the face also gets deeper, loses collagen, and need augmentation with dermal fillers as we age.  Botox is used in the other areas of the face, such as for Crow’s feet and along the forehead, to complete this “liquid facelift” and augment facial contours and hollows and produce a rejuvenated, refreshed look.

How much does cheek augmentation cost?

The price of cheek augmentation depends on the amount of filler that you need to augment the area, as well as which form of Hyaluronic acid or additional dermal filler you choose. In general, dermal fillers are on the more affordable end of the cheek augmentation spectrum, as surgeries often range in the thousands and can lead to unsatisfactory results. Most patients prefer facial rejuvenation with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers since they can be as effective as cheek augmentation surgery, and save time, money, risk, and recovery time.

Before/After photo: Juvederm Voluma for cheeks and Juvederm Vollure for Nasolabial Folds

If you are looking for cheek augmentation or want to look at ways to improve the appearance of your sagging cheeks, Dr. Green can discuss the best options with you. To book an appointment, please contact our NYC based office or call 212 535 3088

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