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Benefits and Limitations of Cheek Augmentation

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There are different factors that constitute to a pretty face. Currently, there is an increase in awareness among many people that cheek augmentation is an effective way to take off that prostrate smile. On the other hand, it’s regrettable that cheek augmentation does not come naturally to everyone. The worst of all, aging can result in having your natural looks diminish the aspect of full cheeks to those who have them.

Nevertheless, every good thing has its limitations. Apart from restoring youthful looks, cheek augmentation has the following benefits.

  • Cheek augmentation is reversible. If you are not happy with the end-results of which not all will like the results, you can opt to have the procedure reversed and you will have your original cheeks.
  • The materials used for this procedure are different. Some are porous while others are non-permeable. It’s you to decide which one you like (but your decision should be after you consult the doctor).
  • You can combine other cosmetic surgery with cheek augmentation e.g. eyelid surgery
  • The procedure takes short term. The surgery takes less than an hour.
  • Both genders can get this surgery
  • Results are long-lasting
  • The incision made during the implant is barely invisible. Some cannot even be noticed because they are in areas where you cannot see like inside the mouth.
  • You encounter very low post-surgical effects


  • Cheek augmentation has a risk of developing complications after the surgery. At times the material used to may start to from place to place. And just like any other cosmetic surgery, there no guarantee that the implant will be at one point the rest of your life. The best way to avoid this imperil is to opt for a more advanced cosmetic surgery where polythene implants are implanted into the facial bones.
  • With this form of cosmetic surgery, you have a youthful face but, if you are expecting it to eliminate lines and wrinkles, you may be disappointed. Lines and wrinkles will diminish in the area around the nose and mouth.

Should you Consider Cheek Augmentation?

You and the doctor are in prime position to answer this question. You have your aesthetical goals you want to achieve, however, you won’t achieve them unless without your surgeon. Still, you have to consult the surgeon to know if the surgical materials available are suitable to achieve your goals. At this point, you have to go with your doctor’s recommendations.

Not all doctors will give you the desired results. A good practitioner is that who has been in the industry for enough and has specialized in cheek augmentation. Finally, cheek augmentation is for both genders, however, you have to be physically healthy and don’t smoke. Above all, as mentioned earlier, not all will achieve their aesthetic results. If it doesn’t work for you, consider other options like fillers.

Have you had cheek augmentation before? Was it successful? What hiccups did your encounter? Share your views and advice to those who are considering this cosmetic surgery. We are especially looking for Med Spa San Diego patients that are interested in doing a video interview to talk about their results.


Possible Questions To Ask Before Cheek Augmentation

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Cheek augmentation is one of the cosmetic surgical procedures that aim at addressing the cheeks of the person’s face. To augment the cheeks the doctor may place a solid implant over the cheekbone. There are lots of people who are enhancing their cheeks using this procedure; however, before you make up your mind, it’s critical you be aware of some important information. Doing adequate homework/consultation will help you understand more about this cosmetic surgery. Below are some of the questions to ask prior undertaking this surgery.

How long does the procedure take?

In most cases, this procedure takes about an hour but will depend on your treatment plan. On the other hand, injectable takes about 15-30 minutes. Ask your surgeon about different treatment plans offered. A good surgeon should explain each in detail and help you chose the best.

How long will Cheek augmentation take to heal?

Cheek augmentation surgery takes few days to one week to recover. Talk to your doctor about recovery time before you embark on any activities that may have an impact.

Implants types used for cheek augmentation

Cheek augmentation is a surgery where a solid implant is placed over the cheekbone. These implants are made of biocompatible, synthetic materials which are safe to be inserted in human cheek and achieve enhancement results. The best part, these enhancements can be removed if you would like a reverse in future.

Will there be scarring after the surgery

If it is with the injection, there are no marks that will be left but non-surgical cheek augmentation may leave a temporary mark at the point of incision. For surgical cheek augmentations, patients may experience scarring inside the mouth where the incision was made (limited inside the mouth) but, with no external visible scars.

Should I get augmentation, fillers or fat transfers?

There are several options for filling or augmenting the cheek area. This option includes; semi-permanent fillers, temporary fillers, and permanent fillers like cheek implants or fat transfer. Each alternative has merits and limitations which you should discuss during the consultation. Also, discuss which procedure will suit you and your goals.

How long do fillers last in the cheek?

There are temporary fillers, semi-temporary and permanent implants. Temporary fillers last about a year, semi-temporary fillers will last a couple of years and permanent solutions like implants or fat transfer are permanent and will last forever. In most cases, Sculptra and Voluma are fillers often used. Voluma lasts for two years while Sculptra can last for two to three years after three or four treatments.

Where are fats used in Cheek augment harvested?

Fats used for transfer are extracted/ harvested from the abdomen. This, however, does not change the look and appearance of the abdomen.

These are not all the questions. If you have other questions that you feel are vital to the process, share with us in the comments section below. Take your time, do your homework effective, get a reputable surgeon and the results will be astonishing.

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An Overview about Cheek Augmentation

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Cheek augmentation is surgical process where cheek implants are used enhance the natural features to prevent the hollow look on the face which might be caused by slimming of the face or facial wasting. This procedure aims at enhancing the cheek area to look fuller. This method is not only a remedy to have youthful look, it can also improve tunefulness among facial features.

Ideal Patients for Cheek Augmentation

Any person who is in a good healthy physical state has realistic expectations for probable results, and does not smoke is qualified. In addition, candidates should be aware of their facial structure, effects of aging on mid-face volume and contour, and the appearance of sunken cheeks.

What is the Cheek Augmentation procedure?

There are two procedures to augment the cheeks; the surgical and non-surgical but the procedure varies. For surgical cheek augmentation, an incision is made on the inside of the mouth then the cheek implant is gently inserted to create necessary facial contour. For the implants to remain stable, they will be placed on the cheekbone. As a result, you will have a long-lasting remedy to sunken cheeks bones.

For non-surgical cheek augmentation, the surgeon will place a numbing agent at the injection place so as to minimize any discomfort you will experience.

Recovering from Cheek Augmentation Surgery

Mild discomfort, some swelling, and bruising are part of the recovery process. However, your surgeon will prescribe the pain medication you will use in addition to recommending practices that will lessen the pain and discomfort during the first few days after the surgery.

If it was an injectable procedure, minor irritation at the injection spot plus bruising and swelling may be experienced. You should expect all these symptoms but they subside on their own in few days. But you have unusual or suspect specific side effects, consult the doctor.

Choosing the best Surgeon

The surgeon you will contract will determine whether the results of the surgery will be positive or negative. A good surgeon is that whose aim is to help patients increase their confidence levels; improve patient lives by enhancing their appearance aesthetically and creating a customized treatment plan for patients in regard to their aesthetic goals.

Why Cheek Implants

If you are the right candidate, cheek implants will offer several benefits.  For instance, fuller cheeks will improve your general appearance, help you look more youthful, and even balance some of your facial features. A successful cheek augmentation will boost your self-esteem. This treatment can help correct the facial asymmetries, congenital defects as well as facial trauma.

Additional benefits that cheek augmentation include:

  • Low post-surgical risks
  • Controllable results ranging from slight to dramatic
  • Long-lasting results
  • Safe and biocompatible materials
  • Can be done the same time with other cosmetic surgeries

Yeah, there you have it. Are you considering having one surgery soon? Make sure you have done enough consultation and the key to a successful cheek augmentation is to contract a qualified and experienced surgeon who has been doing cheek augmentation for some time.