Cheek Augmentation (Malar) by Wave Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Laser Center
Cheek implants increase the projection of the cheekbones. They add volume to areas which may be recessed or ﬂat.
Cheek implants may be of two types: malar and submalar. They are given these names for the areas where they are placed. The malar area is located in the upper cheek region. If the cheekbones are strongly expressed and high the face gets this desirable outlook with high and attractive cheekbones. The submalar area is located a little lower, it generally gets affected by the sagged skin as people get older. If you have already seen before and after photos of cheek augmentation and like the visual results, then you may think of undergoing this plastic surgery.
There are several Cheek Augmentation techniques available—both surgical and non-surgical. Ideally prior to selection of a treatment, the patient will be examined and determined to see if either surgical or nonsurgical treatment is recommended or both. Additionally, if a treatable cause is present it should be identified. Surgical Cheek augmentation is intended to emphasize the cheeks on a person's face. To augment the cheeks, a plastic surgeon may place a solid implant over the cheekbone. Rarely, various cuts to the zygomatic bone (cheekbone) may be performed. Cheek Augmentation is commonly combined with other procedures, such as a Facelift or Chin Augmentation.
For the nonsurgical Cheek Augmentation, injections to the cheekbones to provide a less invasive and less expensive approach as to surgical Cheek Augmentation. Fillers are other options to augment the cheek area with a hyaluronic acid, such as Restylane or Juvederm, can be injected to the cheek area.The downside of filler injection is that you will need to have the procedure repeated every 1 - 2 years depending on the type of the filler but many see this as an advantage because there is hardly any downtime nor recovery time.
Autologous Fat Transfer (also called Fat Grafting) is considered a "more permanent" option.
If symmetry among facial features is part of your goal, facial implants may be recommended to augment more than one facial region. It’s important to remember that all of our faces are asymmetric to some degree and your results may not be completely symmetric. The goal is to create balance and proportion. Your procedure may be performed alone, or as a complement to other facial contouring procedures such as chin, nose or ear surgery.
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision
The specific area to be augmented in the cheek determines where an implant will be positioned on the cheekbone. Cheek implants are most often placed through incisions in the mouth. When performed with other procedures, alternate incisions may be recommended including placement through an incision inside the lower eyelid or one within the hairline.
Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Your incisions will be closed with absorbable sutures or stitches that will be removed within 1-2 weeks following your surgery.
Step 4 – See the results
While the initial outcome of plastic surgery with facial implants is noticeable almost immediately, it will be obscured by visible swelling. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate.Information & images are courtesy of ASPS®
What is Cheek Augmentation?
Enhancing your appearance with facial implants
The appearance of your face is determined by three basic components: skin, soft tissues and underlying facial bones. If the structure of your face is disproportionate — the chin is recessed, the jaw undefined or cheeks are ﬂat — it can significantly affect your self image.
Defined facial features, visible contours and natural angles that are proportionate all create structural balance in your face and a more attractive appearance.
If you are bothered by a small chin, weak jaw or lack of facial contour, plastic surgery with facial implants may benefit you. While any area of your face can be augmented with implants, the cheekbones, chin and jaw are the most common sites for facial implants.
Facial implants bring balance and better proportion to the structural appearance of your face. They define your face by increasing projection and creating more distinct features.
Is it right for me?
Plastic surgery with facial implants is best performed on people whose head and skull have reached physical maturity, which generally occurs in late adolescence. This procedure is a good option for you if:
Facelift surgery is a good option for you if:
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