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One of the first areas to show the visible signs of aging is the facial cheekbone area. While there are many make-up tricks which can accentuate the cheekbones, making them appear higher and more prominent, make-up cannot mask the collagen loss that occurs in the mid face as we age.  As we get older, the mid face loses volume and the cheekbones start to lose their natural fullness. A high cheekbone is a sign of youthfulness and beauty.

Most patients do not want to have invasive plastic surgery and have cheek implants surgically implanted in their faces. Luckily, there are now simpler cosmetic solutions for facial rejuvenation and cheek augmentation such as injecting dermal fillers composed of Hyaluronic Acid, Radiesse, and Sculptra injections. These non-invasive cosmetic injections, which do not involve having facial plastic surgery, have increased in popularity each year.

When it comes to navigating cheekbone augmentation via dermal fillers, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is a world renown expert in cosmetic dermatology with over 25 years of experience in Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, and Sculptra injections. With a background in fine arts, Dr. Green’s artistry and skill have her voted as one of the best dermatologists in NYC. Whether it be mid face injections with Juvederm Voluma, or other cosmetic treatments, you can be assured of having the best  cosmetic results.

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2 Syringes of Voluma for Cheek

How to know which injectable filler is right for your cheek enhancement?

Choosing the best filler for mid-face augmentation depends on several factors. It depends on your facial structure, the degree of cheekbone augmentation that you are looking for, and also on the degree of skin laxity that you have. Dr. Green is an expert in facial rejuvenation.  She will evaluate the texture and resilience of your skin, and provide appropriate treatment recommendations and options based on what will provide you with the best cosmetic results.

What is the Best Filler for Cheek Augmentation or Cheekbone Augmentation?

Restylane Lyft and Juvederm Voluma are two hyaluronic acid based injectable fillers which work exceedingly well for the cheek area.  If there is a great deal of sagging or skin laxity, Dr. Green may choose to inject Sculptra to that area.  The benefit of Juvederm and Restylane® Lyft is that they usually only need one series of injection to have a complete mid-face rejuvenation.  Dr. Michele Green was one of the first dermatologists in NYC to offer Juvederm Voluma™ to her patients.

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Before & After photo of female with Juvederm Voluma, 3 weeks

Sculptra® is another excellent choice for the mid-face.  Sculptra is used, generally, when there is more skin laxity involved in the jowls and lower face. Sculptra is unique in that it assists the body produce its own collagen. Sculptra is better suited for panfacial rejuvenation, similar to Radiesse injections.

When considering cheek augmentation, it is important to visit a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon who is knowledgeable in the anatomy of the mid-face. Dr. Green performs precise, customized treatment for each patient to offset their specific pattern of age-related mid-face descent.

Surgical Cheek Augmentation Options

In addition to the injectable filler options, there are surgical options as well. There are other treatment options which can give you more defined cheekbones such as silicone implants and fat grafting. Fat grafting is a technique which involves two surgical procedures. Your own fat is removed via liposuction from a different  area of the body and transferred to the cheeks. Fat grafting can last many years but, if a patient is unhappy with the results, it cannot be reversed.

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are one option for cheek augmentation. Cheek implants are a surgical option to improve volume by increasing the projection of the cheekbones. Plastic surgeons sometimes use solid silicone implants, similar to those used for breast augmentation, for surgical cheek implants. In addition to silicone implants, some plastic surgeons also use porous polyethylene. With cheek implants, a small incision is placed in the submalar and the implant is placed within the soft tissue. Since cheek implants are considered plastic surgery there is more rigorous medical screening involved prior to doing this procedure, and it also requires more downtime.  Cheek implants can also be done while getting a facelift. The procedure requires medical clearance since you are under general anesthesia for the procedure. In addition, some Plastic Surgeons use a technique called skeletal contouring, a form of reconstructive surgery, which is used for defining facial contours and bone structure to alter the facial structure. This technique is also used during rhinoplasty to shape the nose.

Cheek implant surgery was a common surgical procedure in the past. While many patents still have plastic surgery procedures on the upper and lower eyelids, as well as brow lifts and facelifts, the numbers of cheek implant surgeries has dropped tremendously in popularity.  One of the reasons for this decrease in popularity is simply the cost of cheek augmentation, and the fact that fat transfer involves having two surgical procedures.  Another major reason is the ease of cosmetic injectables which have replaced the need for invasive surgery. Patients do not want to undergo general anesthesia for a cosmetic surgery when there is a simple and safe alternative. If patients are unhappy with their cosmetic injections, they can be easily reversed with Vitrase or Hyaline injections.

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Juvederm Voluma 1 month before and after

What is Implant Surgery Like?

Implant surgery, offered by facial plastic surgeons, is the most permanent solution available for cheekbone augmentation. For this invasive surgical procedure, implants of silicone, porous polyethylene, Gortex, or hydroxyapatite are inserted via an incision in the mouth. Implants can placed either atop the cheekbone (malar implants) or in the mid-face (submalar implants). A combination of these two implants can also be used for fuller cheeks and cheekbone structure, though this is less common. Once the implant(s) are positioned, they may be secured with a permanent screw. Recovery time takes about a week, and your surgeon may prescribe or recommend pain medication.

Implant surgery requires general anesthesia and ample recovery time, so it may not be a desirable option for those who are concerned about larger risks associated with surgery, and those who either cannot or do not want to take time off work. Further, side effects of implant surgery can include asymmetry or undesirable facial feature augmentation, and you’ll need to have any implants removed via additional surgery. However, if you feel implant surgery is the right choice for you, you can consult the database of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to find qualified plastic surgeons near you.

How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon or Cosmetic Dermatologist in NYC

When it comes to working with a plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist in NYC, it’s important to consider whether permanent implants or non-invasive cheekbone enhancement treatments are best for you. For cheekbone augmentation via cosmetic injectables, there is no one more qualified than Dr. Green. Dr. Green uses an artful “less-is-more” approach to her injectable filler treatments in order to ensure that all of her patients have the best possible natural-looking results. It is important to do your research and google your treating physician and ask to see before and after patient photographs. When you work with Dr. Green, she will carefully curate a treatment plan that balances your needs with your aesthetic goals, providing long-lasting results that allow you to look and feel like your best self.

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How does Cheekbone Augmentation work with Injectable fillers?

The process of check augmentation with injectable fillers is simple and fast. First, the treatment area is prepped and a topical anesthetic is applied for thirty minutes. Next, the face is cleaned with alcohol and the areas of injection in the submalar area are marked out. Then, the dermal filler is carefully injected by Dr. Green, an expert in contouring the cheekbone area. Cold ice compresses are applied immediately after the injections which will reduce any swelling.

Check augmentation via injectable fillers is considered an outpatient procedure, meaning that no invasive surgery or sutures are required, and patients can return to normal activity after they leave the office. After injections, the mid-face may feel some soreness and you have some minor swelling for about 3 – 5 days. We also recommend a short course of Arnica to minimize any localized bruising in the injected area.

Is Cheekbone Augmentation Permanent?

Non-invasive cheekbone augmentation treatments such as injectable fillers are considered non-permanent, meaning that the results will fad over time. However, injectable fillers for cheekbone augmentation are incredibly long lasting, providing cheekbone enhancement for over a year in some cases. Non-permanent injectable filler treatment is an excellent way to provide long-term cheek augmentation without the need for invasive surgery or recovery time.

How Much Does Cheekbone Augmentation Cost?

The cost of cheekbone augmentation varies widely depending on each patient’s individual needs and aesthetic goals. In general, the cost of dermal filler injections for cheekbone augmentation ranges from $800-$1500. The cost is competitive when compared to surgical cheekbone augmentation, which can cost upwards of $5,000. When you work with Dr. Green, she will create a custom treatment plan that balances your budget with your desired cheekbone augmentation outcome.

How Long Does Cheekbone Augmentation last?

Cheekbone enhancement via injectable fillers may not be permanent, but it is long-lasting. Popular hyaluronic acid fillers for cheek augmentation, such as Restylane Lyft and Juvederm Voluma, can last between 9 months up through a full year, and Sculptra typically lasts up to two years. Most patients are quite satisfied by initial results from non-invasive cheekbone augmentation, and opt for touch-up appointments on an annual or biannual basis.

Combining Cheek Augmentation with Botox, Thermage, and other Cosmetic Procedures

Most patients who are concerned with cheek augmentation may show the visible signs of aging in other areas of their face, such as their foreheads, eyes, brows, lips, or neck.  Dr. Michele Green often combines Botox® and other cosmetic injections such as Belotero® for the upper lip to improve the cosmetic appearance.  In addition, lasers such as Fraxel® and Thermage can be combined with these cosmetic injections to ensure the best overall cosmetic results. In order to achieve the best cosmetic results, it’s important to choose a board certified dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green or a cosmetic surgeon who is an expert in these cosmetic procedures.

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Thermage with Voluma and Restylane Lyft

How do I get Started with Cheekbone Augmentation?

If you are considering cheek augmentation, Botox, or other dermal fillers for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Green will customize the best cosmetic treatment plan for you. With over two decades of experience in cosmetic dermatology, laser treatments, chemical peels, and skin care, Dr. Green will help you rejuvenate your face and customize the best treatment protocol for you. To book a consultation please contact our NYC based office or call 212 535 3088 for assistance.

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